2009 Imola World Superbike Race 2 Results - Surprise Podium And Closer Title Race Yet

Results of World Superbike race 2 at Imola:

Michel Fabrizio took a comfortable win in race 2 at Imola, leaving his team mate Noriyuki Haga unable to match his pace. But despite Fabrizio's fantastic victory, the limelight went to Marco Simoncelli, the Italian 250 rider taking a podium on his debut in the World Superbike riders as a wildcard.

The Ducatis got away from the start, Haga taking over the lead from Fabrizio. Aprilia's Max Biaggi followed early, but could not match the pace being set by the Xerox Ducati team. Behind the leaders, Shane Byrne fought a long but doomed fight to cling on to 4th, holding up Ben Spies, Marco Simoncelli and Jonny Rea for long enough to allow the front three to escape. Simoncelli eventually got past Byrne, quickly followed by Spies, and the pair started to chase down Max Biaggi, who dropped a couple of seconds with a minor problem.

Once the Simoncelli and Spies had caught the Roman, Simoncelli put a highly risky move on his team mate, forcing Biaggi wide and into the path of Spies, who was forced off the track and lost another place to Shane Byrne.  Simoncelli went on to close on Haga and Fabrizio, but was not to catch them. 

At the front, Fabrizio clearly had the better pace of the two Ducatis, and passed his team mate with just less than half the race to go. To their credit, the team issued no team orders, and Fabrizio walked away to take victory.

With Ben Spies coming home in 5th position, Noriyuki Haga takes over the championship lead, and now holds a 3 point advantage over the American in the championship. 

Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R  
2 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 3.592
3 58 M. Simoncelli ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 6.510
4 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 7.445
5 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 14.678
6 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 16.396
7 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 17.110
8 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 22.502
9 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 25.268
10 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 30.203
11 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 32.589
12 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 36.243
13 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 36.368
14 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 38.809
15 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 42.435
16 15 M. Baiocco ITA Ducati 1098R 49.349
17 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 1'01.823
18 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'06.854
RET 14 M. Lagrive FRA Honda CBR1000RR 5 Laps
RET 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 7 Laps
RET 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 9 Laps
RET 10 F. Nieto ESP Ducati 1098R 10 Laps
RET 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 12 Laps
RET 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 17 Laps
RET 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 18 Laps
NS 100 M. Tamada JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R  
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Risky passing moves and punting people off track are standard behaviour for Simoncelli. Just ask Passini, Barbera, Bautista or any of the many others he's done it to. Race direction must be praying he'll calm down next year but I doubt it.

I have to 2nd stv21 and irongut... Simoncelli is still a potential menace on the track. I was wondering when he would do some crazy passing move, not if.

Hard to argue - he certainly is a bit wild and wooly out on the track as well as under the helmet - but it was spectacular to see him riding the wheels off that RSV4!

If WSB had three races instead of two I'd have been tipping him for the win in the last race...