World Superbike Valencia Results

April 6, 2008
Bart Madson
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It was a wild pair of races at Valencia on Sunday. A crash-strewn Race 1 had 10 riders unable to finish, but the one rider who crossed the line unscathed in first was a surprise, with Ducati privateer Lorenzo Lanzi taking the checkers. Race 2 contained less carnage and saw a more familiar name on top of the rostrum, albeit for the first time this season, with Yamaha Motor Italia’s Noriyuki Haga scoring the victory.

Race 1

Lorenzo Lanzi is riding 2008 aboard a R.G. Ducati 1098R - Qatar
Lorenzo Lanzi was the suprise winner of Race 1 at Valencia.

Lanzi motored to his first-place finish via a fortuitous final-corner crash by the leaders, Alstare Suzuki’s Max Neukirchner and Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Carlos Checa. After Lanzi crossed the line, the championship points-leading Troy Bayliss collected second with fellow Aussie Troy Corser in third. Retaining second place in the overall points, Alstare Suzuki’s Fonsi Nieto finished fourth, with Checa able to recover from his disapointing crash to cross the line in fifth.

For Neukirchner, the surprising pole position winner at Valencia, the heartbreaking crash not only saw victory fall from his clutches, in also left the German with a broken collarbone and out of Race 2. The dreaded DNF was generously applied in the results for Race 1, with the list of 10 including Ducati riders Ruben Xaus and Michel Fabrizio, Yamaha’s Haga, Honda’s Ryuichi Kiyonari and Neukirchner’s teammate, Yukio Kagayama.

Max Biaggi may as well have crashed, as the promising title contender secured his third straight pointless finish in 16th. On the plus side, Race 1 saw some unfamiliar names in the top 10, with Honda privateers Karl Muggeridge and Gregorio Lavilla a respective sixth and seventh with Roberto Rolfo 10th. Sandwiched between the Hondas were Kawasaki riders Regis Laconi and Makoto Tamada.
Race 2

One of the casualties in Race 1, Haga rebounded in Race 2 for the win. The Yamaha rider was joined on the podium by

Nitro Nori was one of the ten riders who DNFed in Race 1 at Valencia.
Nitro Nori was one of the ten riders who DNFed in Race 1 at Valencia. That made his Race 2 victory that much sweeter.

Troy Bayliss and Carlos Checa. Two-time British Superbike champ Ryuichi Kiyonari scored his best finish in the SBK series in fourth-place, with Troy Corser rounding out the top five.

With much fewer incidents, the Race 2 top 10 looks more familiar. Kagayama recovered from Race 1 misfortune for a sixth-place finish, as did the seventh-place finishing Xaus. Biaggi finally scored some much-needed points in eighth, with Kawasaki’s Laconi ninth and former teammate Nieto in 10th.

For Haga, the win is his first of the season and will hopefully be a sign of better results as the Japanese rider needs to make up over 80 points on the leader. The bad news is that leader, Bayliss, was the only rider to double podium at Valencia and has been the most consistent performer on the season by far with a dominating 128-point total. Nieto remains in second-place in the title hunt but lost ground to Bayliss, and at 80 points he is just eight points ahead of Checa and Corser, who are tied for third overall.

The World Superbike paddock now has a three-week break before rolling into Assen.

Valencia Race 1 Results:
1 Lanzi (Ducati)
2 Bayliss (Ducati) +2.987
3 Corser (Yamaha) +7.287
4 Nieto (Suzuki) +11.992
5 Checa (Honda) +12.824
6 Muggeridge (Honda) +13.125
7 Lavilla (Honda) +13.191
8 Laconi (Kawasaki) +13.906
9 Tamada (Kawasaki) +17.254
10 Rolfo (Honda) +18.606
11 Nakatomi (Yamaha) +19.858
12 Sofuoglu (Honda) +23.350
13 Holland (Honda) +23.577
14 Smrz (Ducati) +24.082
15 Checa (Yamaha) +26.611
16 Biaggi (Ducati) +41.168
DNF Neukirchner (Suzuki)
DNF Xaus (Ducati)
DNF Kiyonari (Honda)
DNF Fabrizio (Ducati)
DNF Haga (Yamaha)
DNF Kagayama (Suzuki)

Valencia Race 2 Results:
1 Haga (Yamaha)
2 Bayliss (Ducati) +1.551
3 Checa (Honda) +2.903
4 Kiyonari (Honda) +7.277
5 Corser (Yamaha) +8.051
6 Kagayama (Suzuki) +9.223
7 Xaus (Ducati) +10.164
8 Biaggi (Ducati) +10.614
9 Laconi (Kawasaki) +17.234
10 Nieto (Suzuki) +18.100
11 Lavilla (Honda) +18.288
12 Lanzi (Ducati) +18.826
13 Fabrizio (Ducati) +21.770
14 Smrz (Ducati) +22.872
15 Sofuoglu (Honda) +25.224

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