2003 WSB Misano Results

June 22, 2003
By Brian Korfhage
It took nearly two years, butĀ Ruben Xaus finally scored anotherĀ World Superbike victory and he did it in dramatic fashion taking both legs of the Superbike double header at the Misano circuit in Italy on Sunday.
Xaus is holding at 3rd in the standings - Oschersleben
Xaus turned the WSB season upside down on Sunday with a Superbike sweep in Misano.

Amid scorching temperatures, Xaus took advantage of a Neil Hodgson crash in the first contest and outlasted HM Plant’s James Toseland. “Neil tried to push the pace too early and crashed,” said Xaus. “After that I knew I could win and gave my everything until the end. I knew I had the quickest bike from the Carro curve to the Tramonto so I was sure I could win.

“It was a strange crash, I wasn’t doing anything different to what I normally do at the Carro,” said Hodgson. “I just lost the front and went down. I feel frustrated not to have won but I know I gave my best out there today.”

Italy’s favorite Frankie Chili was challenging Xaus for the lead on the final lap, but he highsided out of the race. Regis Laconi took third while Gregorio Lavilla and Chris Walker rounded out the top five.

The second race was full of drama as Xaus dueled Hodgson and Frankie Chili for the duration before Xaus and Hodgson made it a two-man battle. As the second race came to a close Xaus put a daring last-lap pass on Hodgson to record his second victory of the day. It was the first time Xaus scored wins since Imola in 2001.

“I enjoyed the two races today and finally I felt that the 999 was ‘mine’ after all the work done by my mechanics this weekend,” Xaus added. “I didn’t have any problems on race-day, just in practice and Superpole. In race 2 I easily passed Chili and as I knew Neil would have braked on the inside of Tramonto, I just went round him on the outside.”

Hodgson took second while Chili took the third and final position on the podium. Regis Laconi and Gregorio Lavilla rounded out the top five.

“Finishing second only motivates me to train harder and go faster,” said Hodgson. “I knew Ruben was really fast round the back part, I thought I’d covered the line but I hit the brakes too early and he came round me on the outside.”

Race One:
1. Ruben Xaus (Ducati)
2. James Toseland (Ducati)
3. Regis Laconi (Ducati)
4. Gregorio Lavilla (Suzuki)
5. Chris Walker (Ducati)
6. Steve Martin (Ducati)
7. Troy Corser (Petronas)
8. Lucio Pedercini (Ducati)
9. Mauro Sanchini (Kawasaki)
10. Ivan Clementi (Kawasaki)

Race Two:
1. Ruben Xaus (Ducati)
2. Neil Hodgson (Ducati)
3. Pierfrancesco Chili (Ducati)
4. Regis Laconi (Ducati)
5. Gregorio Lavilla (Suzuki)
6. Lucio Pedercini (Ducati)
7. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Suzuki)
8. Chris Walker (Ducati)
9. Steve Martin (Ducati)
10. Troy Corser (Petronas)

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