2010 Portimao WSBK Race 1 Results - Two Men Battle To The Line

Results and summary of race 1 for the World Superbike class at Portimao:

Max Biaggi won the first race for the World Superbikes at Portimao, after a race-long duel with championship leader Leon Haslam. Biaggi got a rocket start, firing off the line and into the lead at Turn 1, but Leon Haslam was close behind. The Aprilia and Suzuki riders soon dropped the rest of the pack, and started swapping the lead between them.

The race looked like it was going to be decided between these two, but Sterilgarda Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow evidently had other ideas. He started to reel Haslam and Biaggi in, until he made a mistake on lap 10, losing three seconds and losing touch, leaving Biaggi and Haslam to duke it out. Haslam had taken the lead on lap 8 and seemed to be controlling the race, until the Alstare Suzuki man made a mistake on lap 17, allowing Biaggi to get past. The Italian veteran then put the hammer down, and though he got right back on Biaggi, he could not get back past, and was forced to settle for 2nd.

The final podium spot looked like being settled in a straight fight between Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow and Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea after Crutchlow made the mistake that caused him to lose touch with the leaders. But the Yamaha man's push to chase Biaggi and Haslam had taken its toll on his tires, and Crutchlow folded the front with two laps to go, and crashed out of contention, handing the podium spot to Rea on a plate. Crutchlow remounted, but only managed to finish 14th.

Race result:

Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 1000 F.  
2 91 L. Haslam GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.200
3 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 6.901
4 7 C. Checa ESP Ducati 1098R 7.457
5 2 L. Camier GBR Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 7.564
6 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 11.420
7 52 J. Toseland GBR Yamaha YZF R1 18.391
8 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 18.536
9 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 24.514
10 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 32.427
11 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 35.045
12 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 36.816
13 50 S. Guintoli FRA Suzuki GSX-R1000 36.841
14 35 C. Crutchlow GBR Yamaha YZF R1 44.678
15 66 T. Sykes GBR Kawasaki ZX 10R 44.942
16 31 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 59.135
17 32 S. Morais RSA Honda CBR1000RR 59.852
18 95 R. Hayden USA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'00.097
19 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'10.151
20 99 L. Scassa ITA Ducati 1098R 6 Laps
RET 88 A. Pitt AUS BMW S1000 RR 4 Laps
RET 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 6 Laps
RET 49 M. Tamada JPN BMW S1000 RR 18 Laps
RET 76 M. Neukirchner GER Honda CBR1000RR 19 Laps
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