2010 World Superbike Magny Cours Results

October 3, 2010
Matt Davidson
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Although Cal Crutchlow has displayed remarkable pace all year long in qualifying  it remains to be seen if the Yamaha rider can maintain his speed throughout Sundays races.
Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow took a solid victory ahead of Suzuki’s Leon Haslam and Ducati’s Carlos Checa in Race 1.

Yamaha Sterilgarda’s Cal Crutchlow and Aprilia’s Max Biaggi each shared wins in the final contests of the 2010 World Superbike Championship. Not only did Biaggi clench the 2010 championship, the Italian also took home Aprilia’s first ever manufacturer title in World Superbike. In the first race Crutchlow led a lonely race upfront and eventually finished 3.779 seconds ahead of Suzuki’s Leon Haslam. The second event was much more intense, and featured Biaggi holding off Crutchlow at the very end of the 23-lap event to finish just 0.087 seconds ahead of the British rider.

Race 1

Crutchlow secured a decent start from pole position in Race 1, however, the Brit was unable to prevent Biaggi from jumping into the lead by the first corner. After that Crutchlow lost even more ground as Suzuki’s Sylvain Guintoli and Ducati’s Michel Fabrizio snaked their way through. Refusing to settle, Crutchlow squeezed every bit of horsepower out of his Yamaha YZ-F R1 to take the fight up front, and a few laps later he was back up to second and pressuring the 2010 champion for the lead.
Crutchlow managed to overtake the champion through the hairpin section on Lap 8 and then began distancing himself from Biaggi. The MotoGP-bound Yamaha rider created an advantage that none could overthrow, while Biaggi became caught in a tense battle for second with Fabrizio, Guintoli and Haslam.

Max Biaggi cleared enough points in the first race to secure the 2010 manufacturer title for the Aprilia team.
Max Biaggi cleared enough points in the first race to secure the 2010 manufacturer title for the Aprilia team.

“It was a weird race for me really, leading from the front for most of the race,” said Crutchlow. “I didn’t think anybody would break away, Max seemed to be holding the group up so I though let’s get in front of him. I thought he or the group would come with me, but I managed to pull out a gap. All credit to Sterilgarda Yamaha, we did a good job in this race.”

Haslam made some impressive passes in the final laps to take a well-earned second.
“We’ve not had the best of weekends, qualifying in 10th-place, but I got a good start and had a fantastic battle with loads of different guys,” said Haslam. “To catch Max and be in that position on the last lap I had to have a go. Imola was going through my mind, the first race when I went off, but I made it stick this time and I’m really happy for Alstare and the boys.”

Meanwhile, Biaggi had to settle for fourth after being driven to the curb by Haslam as he made his pass. It wasn’t too much of a disappointment to the champion, however, who still secured enough points for Aprilia to wrap up the 2010 Manufacturer’s Championship.
Following a drive-through penalty, Guintoli was removed from the results classification after repeatedly ignoring calls and refusing to heed to a black flag. As a result, Czech rider Jakub Smrz moved into his fifth-place position.

“To be honest, I’m absolutely gutted,” said Guintoli. “I fought like an animal today and half my effort was ruined because of a black flag. That was in Race 1, when I was happily fighting in the top-four. I did accidentally cut part of a chicane, but made sure I didn’t gain any positional advantage, but it seems that I was supposed to rejoin in some marked area. I didn’t see any area, so I just assumed all was OK. Later the black flag with my number came out, but by then it was too late. I got disqualified because I was adjudged to have not respected the black flag.” 
World Superbike Magny Cours Race 1 Results:
1. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)

Suzukis Leon Haslam had troubles with his number one bike and had to switch to his backup. After switching  clutch problems prevented him from advancing in Superpole and he finished Saturday with the 10th-best time.
Suzuki’s Leon Haslam finished second in the championship after taking a score of 2-10 at Magny Cours.

2. Leon Haslam (Suzuki)
3. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
5. Jakub Smrz (Aprilia)
6. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati)
7. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati)
8. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
9. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
10. Luca Scassa (Ducati)
11. Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati)
12. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
13. Max Neukirchner (Honda)
14. Ian Lowry (Kawasaki)
15. Matteo Baiocco (Kawasaki)
DNF Roger Hayden (Kawasaki)
DNF Troy Corser (BMW)
DNF James Toseland (Yamaha)
DNF Ruben Xaus (BMW)

2010 World Superbike Race 2 podium at Magny Cours  from left to right : Cal Crutchlow  Max Biaggi and Michel Fabrizio.
2010 World Superbike Race 2 podium at Magny Cours (from left to right): Cal Crutchlow, Max Biaggi and Michel Fabrizio.

Race 2
Biaggi capped off the end of the season in style by taking the final win of the year. The Italian had already won both the rider’s championship and the manufacturer title, but posted an incredible ride to claim victory in the 2010 finale.

“Race 2 was really hard,” said Biaggi. “We were a lot stronger than in the first race and yet the competition was always right their snapping at our heels. My cold didn’t let up at all and after the halfway point of the race I was struggling to breathe and sincerely couldn’t wait to get to the last lap. It’s nice to end this season with a win after the first-place in the rider and manufacturer standings: the celebration was for me at Imola, but today it’s my team’s turn. They have worked hard and they deserve this success, from the mechanics to the engineers to Noale who follow me track after track.”
After taking a win in the first race Crutchlow put in another strong ride in Race 2, finishing second by only 0.087 seconds. As a result the British rider established a firm lead over Ducati’s Noriyuki Haga in the championship, and finished fifth overall in the series.

“It was two really close and enjoyable races today,” said Crutchlow. “All credit to Max, he rode really well. To have +0 on the board every lap is a big pressure so he did fantastically. He is the championship winner so to be battling with him at the end is good for me. Finishing fifth is not too bad, I’m Rookie of the Year as well. I came into the championship with high expectations, Yamaha has done a great job and I’m pleased with the end results.”
Rounding out the Race 2 podium was Ducati’s Fabrizio, who made his way past Guintoli in the final chicane.
“It was a great battle with Guintoli,” said Fabrizio. “I really wanted the podium both for myself and for my team, so I could finish the season off well with them. I’d like to thank Ducati for the last three years, as well as the team, it’s been great. Now I have to look to the future!”

Suzuki’s Leon Haslam took 10th in the last race, and finished second overall this season with 376 points. After Honda’s Jonathan Rea did not participate in the final round, Checa jumped ahead of the Irishman in the championship by five points, and finished third in the series.
World Superbike Magny Cours Race 2 Results:
1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
2. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
3. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati)

Aprilias Max Biaggi took a well-earned victory in Race 2 ahead of Yamahas Cal Crutchlow and Ducatis Michel Fabrizio.
Max Biaggi cleared enough points in the first race to secure the 2010 manufacturer title for the Aprilia team.

4. Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki)
5. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati)
6. Jakub Smrz (Aprilia)
7. Luca Scassa (Ducati)
8. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
9. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
10. Leon Haslam (Suzuki)
11. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
12. Max Neukirchner (Honda)
13. Ian Lowry (Kawasaki)
14. Matteo Baiocco (Kawasaki)
DNF Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati)
DNF Roger Hayden (Kawasaki)
DNF James Toseland (Yamaha)
DNF Tory Corser (BMW)
DNF Fabrizio Lai (Honda)

2010 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Max Biaggi, 451
2. Leon Haslam, 376
3. Carlos Checa, 297
4. Jonathan Rea, 292
5. Cal Crutchlow, 284
6. Noriyuki Haga, 258
7. Sylvain Guintoli, 197
8. Michel Fabrizio, 195
9. James Toseland, 187
10. Shane Byrne, 169

Honda Ten Kate’s Kenan Sofuoglu took home the 2010 World Supersport Championship ahead of Parkalgar Honda’s Eugene Laverty. Soguoglu finished the final race of the season at Magny Cours in second behind Laverty, and ended with an 11-point advantage. It was a thrilling race for Triumph’s Chaz Davies, who was able to pass several riders during the final laps to take third in the contest and fourth overall in the series. Sofuoglu’s teammate, Michele Pirro, was fifth overall and finished eighth in the last race of the season.
2010 World Supersport Magny Cours Results:
1. Eugene Laverty (Honda)
2. Kenan Sofuoglu (Honda)
3. Chaz Davies (Triumph)
4. Massimo Roccoli (Honda)

Hondas Kenan Sofuoglu won his second World Supersport Championship in France after finishing second at Magny Cours.
Kenan Sofuoglu won his second World Supersport Championship after finishing second-place at Magny Cours.

5. Robbin Harms (Honda)
6. Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki)
7. David Salom (Triumph)
8. Miguel Pirro (Honda)
9. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha)
10. Miguel Praia (Honda)
11. Axel Maurin (Yamaha)
12. Florian Marino (Honda)

2010 World Supersport Championship Points:
1. Kenan Sofuoglu, 263
2. Eugene Laverty, 252
3. Joan Lascorz, 168
4. Chaz Davies, 153
5. Michele Pirro, 99
6. David Salom, 99
7. Robbin Harms, 98
8. Massimo Roccoli, 84
9. Gino Rea, 83
10. Katsuaki Fujiwara, 81