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World Superbike Nurburgring Results

Sunday, June 15, 2008
Yamaha Motor Italia s Noriyuki Haga was the man in Germany  scoring the double victory. - Nurburgring
Yamaha Motor Italia's Noriyuki Haga was the man in Germany, scoring the double victory at Nurburgring
This weekend's race marked the first time in ten years that the World Superbike boys competed at Germany's Nurburgring circuit. And despite riding with a broken collarbone, Yamaha Motor Italia's Noriyuki Haga won World Superbike Race 1 at the historic 3.2-mile circuit over Xerox Ducati's Troy Bayliss.

"Ten days ago I was a disaster and I am very happy for this win," said Haga. "Everyone has helped me and I felt very comfortable in the riding. I want to say thank you to the Clinica Mobile and my team and all the fans."

Bayliss rode a fantastic race and challenged Haga throughout, but the Australian rider kept making small mistakes that allowed Haga to stay in front of him.

"I saw after the warm-up that Nori was looking really consistent," Bayliss said. "At about two-thirds distance I was doing everything I could to stay with Nori but thought that second place was good and I would increase my lead. Nori won fair and square, congratulations to him."

Despite starting the 20-lap race from pole position, Germany's Max Neurkirchner finished third. Behind him was Haga's Yamaha Motor Italia teammate Troy Corser and last round's double-winner, Ten Kate Honda's Carlos Checa.

"I'm happy with third place," said Neukirchner. "It was a really hard race for me to catch Troy, and Noriyuki was a little bit too fast for me. I lost a bit in the first split, my tires and my chassis were really good, but I think we need a bit more handling in the second race."

Race 2

Yamaha Motor Italia's Noriyuki Haga proved to be unstoppable in Germany, with the affable Japanese rider winning the
Yamaha Motor Italia s Troy Corser fared well at Valencia  scoring a third-place finish in Race 1 and a fifth in Race 2.
The Yamaha Motor Italia men had everyone covered in Germany. Troy Corser (11) picked up a 4th place finish in Race 1 and a 2nd place finish in Race 2.
red-flag and shortened Superbike Race 2. Sunday's back-to-back wins boosted Haga to fourth position in the series' points.

"During the race my collarbone gave me no problem," said this weekend's double race winner. "I was actually a bit disappointed about the bike's setting because I changed something from the first race that gave a little bit less traction, but we had a big battle with Troy and it was very exciting. I forgot to say after the first race a big thank you to Dr. Ting, who made a great operation on my collarbone."

Behind Haga was his Yamaha teammate, Troy Corser who finished 0.150 seconds behind when the race prematurely ended on Lap 14.

"It was completely dry at the top part of the circuit but raining down the bottom for the last two laps before I actually put my hand up and it was getting wetter and wetter all the time. Although I wanted to win the race I just wanted to stay on the bike as well. A big thanks to the boys in the team and Nori as well because I actually copied a bit of his engine mapping and it worked fantastic for me. Hopefully we can get some more results like these in the rest of the season."

Alstare Suzuki's Max Neukirchner was credited with another third place finish. Behind him was Xerox Ducati's Troy Bayliss, followed by Ten Kate Honda's Carlos Checa.

"It was not possible to win here today," said Neukirchner. "Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga were a little bit faster but I'm happy with two third places. We changed something from the first to the second race but it was a little bit worse, but I'm satisfied with two good results at my home race." 

HANNspree FIM World Superbike Race 1 Results:
1. Noriyuki Haga (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1
2. Troy Bayliss (AUS) Ducati 1098R F08
3. Max Neukirchner (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000
4. Troy Corser (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1
5. Carlos Checa (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR
6. Ruben Xaus (ESP} Ducati 1098R F08
7. Michel Fabrizio (ITA) Ducati 1098R F08
8. Fonsi Nieto (SPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000
9. Makota Tamada (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-10R
10. Karl Muggeridge (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR
11. Jakub Smrz (CZE) Ducati 1098R F08
12. Ryuichi Kiyonari (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR
13. Max Biaggi (ITA) Ducati 1098R F08
14. Regis Laconi (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-10R
15. Sebastien Gimbert (FRA) Yamaha YZF-R1
16. Roberto Rolfo (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR
17. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-10R
18. Shinichi Nakatomi (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1
19. Russell Holland (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR
20. Vittorio Iannuzzo (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-10R

HANNspree FIM World Superbike Race 2 Results:
1. Noriyuki Haga (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1
2. Troy Corser (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1
3. Max Neukirchner (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000
4. Troy Bayliss (AUS) Ducati 1098R F08
5. Carlos Checa (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR
6. Michel Fabrizio (ITA) Ducati 1098R F08
7. Max Biaggi (ITA) Ducati 1098R F08
8. Ruben Xaus (ESP} Ducati 1098R F08
9. Fonsi Nieto (SPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000
10. Regis Laconi (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-10R
11. Ryuichi Kiyonari (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR
12. Karl Muggeridge (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR
13. Makota Tamada (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-10R
14. Gregorio Lavilla (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR
15. David Checa (ESP) Yamaha YZF-R1
16. Sebastien Gimbert (FRA) Yamaha YZF-R1
17. Roberto Rolfo (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR
18. Shinichi Nakatomi (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1
19. Russell Holland (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR
20. Lorenzo Lanzi (ITA) Ducati 1098R F08
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