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World Superbike Kyalami Results

Sunday, May 17, 2009
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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mashew monshero -Spies !!  May 20, 2009 02:31 PM
He still have half the season remaining to do what no rookie in SBK has ever done, win that title. This is it for him, no more mistakes, big Tom Houseworth needs to make sure no more mechanicals or even enough gas in that tank. At the Utah race going forward, DNF must no longer exist. I know it's looking a bit shady at the moment, but I do beleive he can still do it. Tom Sykes would need to step it up more than ever, I know he too wants to win, but Spies can sure use a good wing man right now. Anyhow, I expect Spies to do a double at Utah.
x2468 -spies  May 19, 2009 09:37 PM
this is the 3rd race in which i almost smashed my TV in anger. it reminds me of rossi's season with yamaha in 06. he won the most races but had horrible luck in others.
SteveP -Spies  May 18, 2009 07:22 AM
Spies won't be the man to beat for very long if he can't end this series of annoying problems. First he runs of out gas and now "some sort of mechanical problem". I was so disgusted I didn't finish watching race two. I can't imagine how HE felt!
Dan the Canadian -Spies  May 18, 2009 06:55 AM
Man this guy is the rookie of the series..... He's beating everybody...Even Haga, and He's been on the series for ever and could beat no one. Haga got the best machine, he know's the circuit all by heart. Spies, well, he made a couple of mistake, some mechanical break down, could he be the next Bayliss.......
Big A -spies  May 17, 2009 01:13 PM
Keep your head up, You'er still the man to beat