Max Biaggi made it two in a row at Miller Motorsports Park, with Carlos Checa once again having mechanical issues.
Max Biaggi scored another victory at Miller Motorsports Park. Again the Aprilia rider was handed the World Superbike
checkers courtesy of Carlos Checa’s misfortune, with the Althea Ducati rider and pole position starter retiring from the race due to bike troubles while holding a dominating lead. Joining Biaggi on the podium were rookies Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia) and Cal Crutchlow (Sterilgarda Yamaha). Ducati’s Noriyuki Haga and BMW’s Troyo Corser rounded out the top five.
The second World Superbike race began with Checa jumping up front from the very get go. Once again Biaggi was the Spaniard’s foil in the race to the checkers. Also getting a fantastic start Troy Corser rocketed his BMW S1000RR up to third heading into Turn 1, jumping up from 15th-place on the grid. The BMW was followed by Camier.
Checa set the pace through the first seven laps, again far ahead of Biaggi, and again electrical gremlins put an end to the Spaniard’s hopes. Biaggi’s luck doubled up when moments later his championship rival, Leon Haslam, went down on his Suzuki while looking to crack the top 5. The GSX-R pilot was unable to re-enter the fray.
A Haslam lowside handed Biaggi the points lead.There was more disappointment in Race 2 for Smrz with another DNF due to mechanical issues with the Ducati.
Approaching the halfway mark, Biaggi coasted all alone in the lead, almost four seconds up on Corser. Camier and Crutchlow moved up to challenge the Beemer, looking to rob BMW from its second ever SBK podium. Haga led a third group, followed by Rea and Toseland, the three dicing for the final top-five spot.
Then more carnage in an incident-filled race came when Roger Hayden lowsided on Lap 11. On Lap 14 another rider went down, with James Toseland tucking the front of his Sterilgarda Yamaha.
The attrition taking its toll, Biaggi’s pace was never challenged. Meanwhile up front Camier snuck by Corser, looking for the 1-2 Aprilia sweep. Two laps later Crutchlow got by the BMW Motorrad rider and the Corser was in turn being tracked by his old rival Haga.
In the closing laps Haga made a pass on Corser stick, meanwhile in another repetition of Race 1, Saturday’s standout Jakub Smrz pulled his Pata B&G Ducati off the track with mechanical issues.
As for the front, Biaggi marched unimpeded to his third double victory of the year. Camier took a strong second, with Crutchlow third. Haga backed up his earlier podium with a solid fourth, while Corser had to settle for fifth.
With Haslam out of the picture, Sylvain Guintoli carried the Suzuki banner to a sixth-place result. Jonathan Rea and Shane Byrne had a good scrap over seventh, with the Althea Ducati rider getting the better of the Honda. Michel Fabrizio kept it on two wheels this time to bring the second Xerox Ducati home to ninth with Luca Scassa rounding out the top ten. Notably, Ruben Xaus ran as high as fifth in the early laps before fading to 11th.
Biaggi’s triumph combined with Haslam’s disastrous DNF reshapes the points standings. The Suzuki arrived at Utah with a 15-point lead, he leaves it with a 15-point deficit. A clean reversal of fortune. Jonathan Rea is the next highest rider in the points at 151. Poor Carlos Checa, by all rights, should have 191 points with a clean double-victory sweep. Instead he leaves with nothing but what he came with, 141.
World Superbike Miller Race 2 Results:
Leon Camier's impressive Race 2 effort gave Aprilia a 1-2 sweep at Miller. It was the first time in history that Aprilia has finished 1-2 in a World Superbike race.
1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
2. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
3. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
4. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati)
5. Troy Corser (BMW)
6. Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki)
7. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
8. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
9. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati)
10. Luca Scassa (Ducati)
11. Ruben Xaus (BMW)
12. Max Neukirchner (Honda)
13. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki)
14. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
15. Broc Parkes (Honda)
DNF Matteo Baiocco (Kawasaki)
DNF Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
DNF James Toseland (Yamaha)
DNF Roger Hayden (Kawasaki)
DNF Carlos Checa (Ducati)
DNF Leon Haslam (Suzuki)
World Superbike Championship Points:
1 Max Biaggi - 257
2 Leon Haslam - 242
3 Jonathan Rea - 151
4 Carlos Checa - 141
5. Noriyuki Haga - 135
6. James Toseland -132
7. Troy Corser - 127
8. Leon Camier - 115
9. Cal Crutchlow - 107
10. Michel Fabrizio - 102