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2010 World Superbike Imola Results

Sunday, September 26, 2010
Despite taking an 11th-place finish in Race 1  Max Biaggi managed an easy championship victory when Leon Haslam couldnt finish the second race.
Despite taking an 11th-place finish in Race 1, Max Biaggi managed an easy championship victory when Leon Haslam couldn't finish the second race.
Aprilia’s Max Biaggi captured the 2010 World Superbike crown on Sunday at his home circuit in Imola. After finishing in 11th-place during Race 1, the champ coasted to a fifth-place finish in the second race after his title contender, Leon Haslam, was forced out of the competition halfway through. This cinched the title for Biaggi, who would have won the championship regardless of where he finished the second race. The other major success of the day was Althea Racing Ducati’s Carlos Checa, who took the double victory at the Italian circuit, bringing his win tally to three races this year. The Spaniard's win moved him to within 14 points of Honda’s Jonathan Rea for third place in the championship.

Race 1
 
In the first contest of the day Checa put in a consistent ride aboard his Ducati 1098R, staying patient and level-headed in the last few laps despite tremendous pressure from Haslam. The championship contender attempted a pass on the
Honda Ten Kates Jonathan Rea attempted to compete at Imola  but during his warm-up session his injuries proved too great and the Irishman removed himself from the race.
Honda Ten Kate's Jonathan Rea attempted to compete at Imola, but his injuries proved too great and the Irishman removed himself from the race.
final lap, but Checa shut the door on him and Haslam dropped back as a result. Haslam’s failed pass made way for DFX Corse Ducati’s Lorenzo Lanzi and Xerox Ducati’s Noriyuki Haga to advance into podium positions, while Pata B&G Aprilia’s Jakub Smrz managed a late pass to sneak into fourth-place across the finish line.
 
"It’s a very good result after a really tough race," said Haga. "Conditions were hard and getting hot, and I was starting from 14th on the grid. I could not catch up with Lorenzo, but I was very happy with the result. Like last year, this year I did well at Imola, and the top-three were all Ducati bikes so I am very happy.”

After Haslam crossed the finish line, Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes followed in sixth, nearly 11 seconds off the pace of the leader. Continuing the strong results for Ducati were Xerox Ducati’s Michel Fabrizio in seventh and Althea Racing’s Shane Byrne in eighth. The duo was trailed by Suzuki’s Sylvain Guintoli and Yamaha Sterilgarda’s Cal Crutchlow, who rounded out the top-10 finishers in the first contest.
Ducatis Carlos Checa had the fastest pace in qualifying on Friday by 0.380 seconds ahead of Jonathan Rea.
Carlos Checa led a Ducati assault on the podium in Race 1 along with Lorenzo Lanzi and Norikyuki Haga.   

Imola Race 1 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati)
3. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati)
4. Jakub Smrz (Aprilia)
5. Leon Haslam (Suzuki)
6. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
7. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati)
8. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
9. Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki)
10. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
11. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
12. Ruben Xaus (BMW)
13. Luca Scassa (Ducati)
14. Max Neukirchner (Honda)
15. Troy Corser (BMW)
DNF James Toseland (Yamaha)
DNF Roger Hayden (Kawasaki)

Ducatis Noriyuki Haga put in strong performances in both races at Imola for a 3-2 score.
Ducati's Noriyuki Haga put in strong performances in both races at Imola for a 3-2 score.
Race 2

Checa continued his success in the second race of the day, taking the win over Haga by 2.129 seconds. After finishing 10th in Race 1, Crutchlow had a much better performance in the second bout and took third-place aboard his Yamaha YZF R1.

"I'm happy with today in the end," said Crutchlow. "I'm disappointed with the first race, I think I had podium pace and was catching up to the guys in front but made an error which dropped me back. The second race was good, I had a bad start then Noriyuki Haga and Carlos Checa and I all had to come from the back which made it interesting. Big thanks to Yamaha who put together a great bike this weekend for me, we were really strong and put in some good laps towards the end of the races and I think we showed what we are capable of." 
 
Sykes converted his pole position into another positive result in Race 2, finishing just off the podium in fourth, more than five and a half seconds off the winning pace. Championship contender Haslam dropped out after completing only 11 laps of the 21-lap race. With Biaggi’s only title challenger removed, he was mathematically guaranteed the championship victory no matter how well he placed in the second match. Despite this the Italian finished fifth behind Sykes and snatched the crown with a round left in the series.

“This is a grand day," said Biaggi. "It has not been an easy season. Many riders have won races and if they had been just a bit more consistent, they would have been able to be more troublesome for us. The greatest moments were the double victories at Monza and Misano. It is something very special to win in front of my fans. But it isn't over yet – there is still one goal left – to ride my RSV4 to the manufacturer title."
 
Max Biaggi took the 2010 World Championship crown on Sunday at Imola in front of his home crowd.
Max Biaggi took the 2010 World Championship crown on Sunday at Imola in front of his home crowd.

Byrne and Lanzi were among the Ducati riders who extended their success into the second race, taking sixth and seventh respectively behind the 2010 champion. Guintoli came in eighth more than 18 seconds behind the leader, while BMW’s Ruben Xaus and Ducati’s Luca Scassa rounded out the top-10 finishers.

Yamaha's James Toseland had a miserable weekend, taking two DNF's after a technical failure on his bike and a crash.

"After the warm up this morning I felt really confident," Toseland said. "The Yamaha team worked really hard overnight last night and the bike I had today felt really good. Unfortunately we had a technical issue in Race 1 when I felt I could have challenged for the podium. Once again in Race 2 I fought hard in the early stages and had the pace to go for the podium. It just seems that luck isn't with me at the moment but I'm going to try and win a race in Magny Cours as it's a place that's always brought me luck."

Imola Race 2 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati)
3. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
5. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
Yamahas Cal Crutchlow rebounded from a 10th-place result in Race 1 to finish third in the second contest.
Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow rebounded from a 10th-place result in Race 1 to finish third in the second contest.

6. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
7. Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati)
8. Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki)
9. Ruben Xaus (BMW)
10. Luca Scassa (Ducati)
11. Troy Corser (BMW)
12. Max Neukirchner (Honda)
13. Federico Sandi (Aprilia)
14. Fabrizio Lai (Honda)
15. Matteo Baiocco (Kawasaki)
DNF Michel Fabrizio (Ducati)
DNF Leon Haslam (Suzuki)
DNF Jakub Smrz (Aprilia)
DNF Roger Hayden (Kawasaki)
DNF James Toseland (Yamaha)
 
2010 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Max Biaggi, 413
2. Leon Haslam, 350
3. Jonathan Rea, 288
4. Carlos Checa, 274
5. Cal Crutchlow, 239
6. Noriyuki Haga, 238
7. James Toseland, 187
8. Sylvain Guintoli, 184
9. Michel Fabrizio, 169
10. Troy Corser, 165

Honda Ten Kates Michele Pirro secured the victory in Supersport after Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty crashed into each other.
Michele Pirro secured the victory in Supersport after Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty crashed into each other.
Supersport

Honda Ten Kate’s Michele Pirro managed to go from fourth-place to first on the final lap in Supersport competition on Sunday. Pirro’s teammate and current championship leader, Kenan Sofuoglu, was leading for much of the race with Parkalgar Honda’s Eugene Laverty running closely behind and struggling to take the lead. In a shocking moment the frontrunners collided with each other in the final chicane. Triumph’s Chaz Davies was then set to win the race, but he also encountered misfortune and had to retire on the last lap. This allowed Pirro to finish first, with Sofuoglu and Laverty quickly getting back up to earn second and third across the line.
 
Sofuoglu’s lead in the series ahead of Laverty has now increased to 16 points. Davies, unable to finish the race, could not make any progress on his point deficit to Lascorz, and will most likely finish fourth in the championship.
 
2010 World Supersport Imola Results:
1. Michele Pirro (Honda)
2. Kenan Sofuoglu (Honda)
3. Eugene Laverty (Honda)
4. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki)
5. Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki)
Kenan Sofuoglus lead in the series has now increased to 16 points ahead of Eugene Laverty.
Sofuoglu's lead in the series has now increased to 16 points ahead of Eugene Laverty.

6. Massimo Roccoli (Honda)
7. Mark Aithchison (Honda)
8. Cristiano Migliorati (Kawasaki)
9. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha)
10. Gianluca Vizziello (Honda)
11. Matthieu Lagrive (Honda)
12. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Triumph)
13. Alessio Palumbo (Kawasaki)
14. Giuseppe Barone (Yamaha)
15. Alexander Lundh (Honda)
 
2010 World Supersport Championship Points:
1. Kenan Sofuoglu, 243
2. Eugene Laverty, 227
3. Joan Lascorz, 168
4. Chaz Davies, 137
5. Michele Pirro, 91
6. David Salom, 90
7. Robbin Harms, 87
8. Gino Rea, 83
9. Katsuaki Fujiwara, 71
10. Massimo Roccoli, 71
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World Superbike Racer Bios
Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes earned his first World Superbike championship title in 2013 and he returns with Kawasaki in 2014 to try for the top-spot once again. Read more on the Tom Sykes bio page.
Leon Haslam
Son of the legendary Ron Haslam, Leon Haslam is poised to make his own mark on motorcycle racing history as a leading contender for the World Superbike Championship. Read more on the Leon Haslam bio page for career highlights, pictures, and news.
Eugene Laverty
Following a successful stint in World Supersport which included back-to-back runner-up finishes, Eugene Laverty is quickly building a reputation in the premier world championship. Learn more about the Irishman on the Eugene Laverty bio page.
Jonathan Rea
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Marco Melandri
A multi-GP winner, Marco Melandri is chasing the 2014 World Superbike series title with Aprilia Racing. Read more on the Marco Melandri bio page.
Sylvain Guintoli
A former MotoGP rider and British Superbike competitor, Sylvain Guintoli now has his sights on the World SBK championship with Aprilia Racing. Read more on the Sylvain Guintoli bio page.
Chaz Davies
After making a name for himself in the 250 MotoGP series and winning the 2011 World Supersport Championship, Chaz Davies has become a well-known fixture in World Superbike.
Toni Elias
Fresh off winning the 2010 Moto2 Championship, Toni Elias is making his return to the premier class with LCR Honda for 2011.
Leon Camier
Former British Superbike champion Leon Camier rode for Crescent Suzuki during the 2012 and 2013 World SBK seasons aboard a GSX-R1000. Learn more on the Leon Camier bio page.
Michel Fabrizio
Since leaving Ducati Xerox in 2010 Michel Fabrizio has struggled finding results in World Superbike, but the Italian aims to rekindle his former success with Team Grillini in 2014. Learn more on Motorcycle USA's Michel Fabrizio bio page for career highlights, pictures, and news.

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Dwihary A Putro -Aprilia Era  September 26, 2010 11:01 PM
with reigning Ducati factory leaving championship and Aprilia take over, and there will be more ex-Duc rider signing off Aprilia ride deal... no doubt that Aprilia era stroms through the WSBK championship
Hector RSV4 -Well done Max  September 26, 2010 09:56 AM
Congratulations Aprilia & a job well done Max. Bravo.