Sweeping the podium at Miller, and taking the championship points lead. It was a very good weekend for Biaggi.
It was a wild weekend of World Superbike racing at Miller Motorsports Park. We had winners, losers and both riders and teams who are wishing that this round would never have happened. On one hand we have the joy of a double win by Max Biaggi and the emergence of his teammate Leon Camier as a consistent podium threat. On the other hand you have Carlos Checa who narrowly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory not once, but twice in the same day. And don’t even get us started with the Kawasaki team. Without further adieu let’s take a look at the highlights and lowlights from last weekend’s superbike races in Utah.
Max Biaggi – Double Win (50-points A-Rider)
All hail the Emperor! Max did the double for the third time this season on the ultra-fast Aprilia RSV4. In the process he takes over the championship lead and the coveted right to be called the highest scoring rider on anyone’s Fantasy Superbike roster so far in 2010. If you didn’t pick Max this weekend then you should be paying more attention to the fantasy previews because we told you he would be strong. Oh yeah, thanks Carlos and everyone at Althea for gifting him the wins…
Noriyuki Haga (29-points A-Rider)
Nitro Noriyuki Haga rebounded for a solid 3-4 result at Miller. It's about time Nori!
We know it isn’t exactly pretty but ‘Nitro’ Nori was the second highest scoring A-Rider at MMP. He’s had a horrible record at Utah and his season has been going pretty bad as well. However, he did confirm that he has to keep riding to support his family so Haga fans rejoice, he’s not done just yet. Maybe this glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel will actually revive the consummate bridesmaid before the bell tolls on yet another season.
Aprilia Racing Team – (83 Total Points)
This huge points haul came courtesy of 38-points in Race 1 and 45-points in Race 2. Between the double wins by Biaggi and a 4-2 finish by Camier, the Aprilia Racing Team was a Fantasy Superbike powerhouse at Miller.
Leon Camier (33-points B-Rider)
Leon is starting to find his groove on the RSV4. He narrowly missed a podium in Race 1 but still netted 13-points for some wise Fantasy Superbike owners and then came back with a huge 20-point runner-up effort in Race 2. Man, just think how good it feels to have picked him as the B-Rider in Race 2. Hopefully, you didn’t waste a B-Rider pick on that quitter Carlos.
Troy Corser (22-points B-Rider)
Any rider who’s man enough to wear a sticker promoting the type of energy juice on their helmet deserves to be on the High list. Oh yeah, and his pair of fifth-place finishes is pretty tasty too.
One Hit Wonders
Leon Haslam (20-Points A-Rider)
Haslam put in some good effort to catch Biaggi but the Roman Emperor proved to be too quick for the Suzuki rider as he wiped out with a DNF.
If you took Haslam in Race 1 you scored an easy 20-points when he was gifted the runner-up spot behind Biaggi. At the time the first race became a microcosm of the Superbike championship battle between the grizzled veteran and the kid. Then Race 2 showed why old age and treachery overcomes youth every time.
Cal Crutchlow (16-points A-Rider)
Although the first race was a major disappointment for an A-Rider, his podium finish in Race 2 and the 16-Fantasy points that went along with it were nothing to be ashamed of. If you rolled the dice on Cal in Race 2 you should feel pretty good about how that worked out for you.
Checa got 10 points, all from fastest laps. Would have had the first ever 60 point weekend, except the damn bike crapped out!
Carlos Checa Double DNF – 0-points (B-Rider)
WTF is going on in the Althea Ducati pit box? How do we get a do-over after getting screwed out of one, maybe two ultra-valuable Carlos Checa B-Rider selections? What is the direct line to Ducati Corse HQ? I want my picks back! I can hear the sound of keyboards clicking away as the thousands of Fantasy Racing players who diligently saved their Checa picks so they could use them at MMP and show everyone how smart they are! At least he got the five fastest lap points from each round so it wasn’t a total loss. You should
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have listened to our Fantasy Preview we told you Carlos would be fast so you could have picked up those five extra points too.
James Toseland (9-points A-Rider)
For someone who can always play a piano real well, its getting hard to figure out what is going on with Mr. T these days. He looks great one week then flounders the next. These streaky results always lead to heartache at some point. Do you hear that song playing JT? It the faint sounds of a piano playing My Heart Bleeds for You….
Michel Fabrizio (9-points A-Rider)
After some solid qualifying and some hope of a good performance from Fabrizio, he leaves your pick in the dirt.
It’s funny how after you screw your teammate out of valuable championship points one year, the next year you have terrible karma. Or maybe it’s because the Team Manager and the best technicians on the squad jumped ship? No matter what the reason is, Michel’s inconsistent performances are becoming a Fantasy Superbike nightmare.
Johnathan Rea (10-points A-Rider)
Anytime you choose our Irish buddy and he finishes 14th and 8th when he should be battling for a podium you have to ask yourself: why is this happening to me? Johnny my boy you let some people down with your poor riding antics out there. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and let’s get back to contending for a podium already. Sheeshh…
Jakub Smrz Double DNF – 0-points (B-Rider)
TWO DNFs??? Are you serious Smrz? You don't even have to win, just finish the race.
If there ever was a reason to stop choosing Smrz ever again it was his performance this weekend at MMP. First he looks impressive as he often does during practice and qualifying. Then he proceeds to go out and blow up his bike in Race 1 then crash his bike in Race 2. Hey Jakub, are you trying to dethrone Xaus as the Duke of destruction or what?
Hannspree Honda Team (18-points)
With a finishing order of two races that looks like a junior high school locker combination: 12-14-8-12 – You know choosing the Hannspree Team at MMP wasn’t a great idea in retrospect. If you did pick them, hopefully it was in Race 2 where Rea actually managed to finish inside the Top 10.
Anything Kawasaki related.
The once glorious brand enjoyed World Superbike success back in the good old days but in these modern times the poor green machines have struggled. Combined, the entire field of four Kawasaki riders earned a grand total of 9-points through two races. Come on guys, your Team Green. Let’s get ‘er done!