World Superbike Kyalami Results

May 17, 2009
Adam Waheed
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Xerox Ducatis Noriyuki Haga scored double wins at Kyalami.
Xerox Ducati’s Noriyuki Haga won both World Superbike races in South Africa.

Xerox Ducati’s Noriyuki Haga won both World Superbike motorcycle races in Kyalami, South Africa. The double wins would be his fifth and sixth this season and give him another points boost in this years championship.

“On Friday and Saturday we had quite a big problem,” said Haga. “But we tried to fix the suspension and couldn’t find a solution. This morning we found a little better feeling but it was not perfect. My feeling was that it would be difficult to win, but in the end I am very satisfied with the victory.”

Finishing right on Haga’s tail in both races was teammate Michel Fabrizio. In Race 1 Fabrizio managed to best Yamaha’s Ben Spies by around 3-seconds and in Race 2 he had an even larger gap of nearly 9 seconds over Ten Kate Honda’s Jonathan Rea.

“It was a very good weekend,” Fabrizio said. “Yesterday I was second by one thousandth, today by one curve! The race was really good, I tried right until the very end. Maybe I did the wrong thing by telling Nori where I was strong in race 1 because he pushed harder than me in that sector. On the last lap, if he hadn’t been my team-mate I would have given him a push with the shoulder! But I’m happy, I’m second in the championship and that’s a good thing.”

Rea’s third place finish in Race 2 would be his best finish of the season and one position better than earlier in the day.

Kyalami Race 2 podium consisted of Michel Fabrizio  left   Noriyuki Haga  center   and Jonathan Rea  right .
Ten Kate Honda’s Jonathan Rea (right) got his first podium of the year in World Superbike racing at Kyalami.

“It’s gone really well,” said Rea after the race. “I have to thank all of my crew for making a big effort after the slow start to the season. They upped the development and now everything’s fallen into place. I felt very good today and when the bunch behind caught me I thought I had to get third straight away and have some reserve at the end.”

Spies on the other hand would have some sort of mechanical problem with his R1 during the opening laps of the second race forcing him into the pits. Spies Race 2 DNF moves him one position back in the points behind Haga and Fabrizio.

Stiggy Honda’s Leon Haslam rebounded in the second race with a fourth position finish after crashing out of the first race along with BMW Motorsports Ruben Xaus. Xaus’ would encounter more problems in Race 2 after coming together with another rider which forced him out of the race.

Fifth through tenth finishing order was virtually the same in both races with Aprilia’s Max Biaggi finishing ahead of Ten Kate Honda’s Carlos Checa. The other factory Aprilia piloted by Shinya Nakano would finish in seventh followed by the Alstare Suzuki of Yukio Kagayama.

World Superbike Kyalami Race 1 results:
1. Noriyuki Haga, Ducati 1098R
2. Michel Fabrizio, Ducati 1098R
3. Ben Spies, Yamaha YZF-R1
4. Jonathan Rea, Honda CBR1000RR
5. Max Biaggi, Aprilia RSV4
6. Carlos Checa, Honda CBR1000RR
7. Shinya Nakano, Aprilia RSV4
8. Yukio Kagayama, Suzuki GSX-R1000
9. Shane Byrne, Ducati 1098R
10. Tom Sykes, Yamaha YZF-R1
11. Gregorio Lavilla, Honda CBR1000RR
12. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Honda CBR1000RR
13. Sheridan Morais, Kawasaki ZX-10R
14. Jakub Smrz, Ducati 1098R
15. Broc Parkes, Kawasaki ZX-10R

World Superbike Kyalami Race 2 results:
1. Noriyuki Haga, Ducati 1098R
2. Michel Fabrizio, Ducati 1098R
3. Jonathan Rea, Honda CBR1000RR
4. Leon Haslam, Honda CBR1000RR
5. Max Biaggi, Aprilia RSV4
6. Carlos Checa, Honda CBR1000RR
7. Shinya Nakano, Aprilia RSV4
8. Yukio Kagayama, Suzuki GSX-R1000
9. Tom Sykes, Yamaha YZF-R1
10. Jakub Smrz, Ducati 1098R
11. Sheridan Morais, Kawasaki ZX-10R
12. Gregorio Lavilla, Honda CBR1000RR
13. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Honda CBR1000RR
14. Broc Parkes, Kawasaki ZX-10R
15. Fonsi Nieto, Suzuki GSX-R1000

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