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2008 World Superbike Season Photo Gallery

2008 World Superbike Season - Check out the action in this MotorcycleUSA.com photo essay

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Makoto Tamada Kawasaki
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Ducati Xerox
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Ducati Xerox's Michel Fabrizio finished just out of the top ten after Thursday's qualifying session in Qatar.
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Alstare Suzuki's Yukio Kagayama enjoyed a good outing during Qatar's qualifying session, finishing fifth-fastest.
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Troy Corser snagged the 41st Superpole of his World Superbike career, with the Aussie over a half-second ahead of his nearest competitors, Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati's Ruben Xaus and Max Biaggi.
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Troy Corser is looking to recapture the world championship he last held in 2005 - Qatar
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Troy Bayliss made a move on the final lap to pass Max Biaggi and win the first race of the 2008 World Superbike season.
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Bayliss would love to add another championship to his resume.
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Fonsi Nieto and his GSX-R were the fastest in Race 2, giving the Spaniard his first World Superbike victory.
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Max Biaggi is out of the gate with a bang, claiming a second and third place finish and earning him the second spot in the overall championship point standings.
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Sterilgarda Go Eleven's Max Biaggi and Ruben Xaus enjoyed a strong showing in the first World Superbike race of the season, as Biaggi finished second in Race 1 and Xaus finished second in Race 2.
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Yamaha Motor Italia's Noriyuki Haga didn't experience the podium results he is accustomed to, tangling with Biaggi in Race 1 which caused him to crash out.
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Fonsi Nieto and his GSX-R ran strong in both races and put Nieto on the top spot of the WSBK podium for the first time.
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Troy Bayliss got his championship quest off to a positive start.
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Gregorio Lavilla rode his Honda to a 13th and 14th-place result - Qatar
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Max Neukirchner will be running under the Alstare Suzuki banner for 2008 - Qatar
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Max Biaggi will be a strong contender for the 2008 crown - Qatar
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Muggas is running 2008 aboard another Honda for D.F. Racing.
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Part of the three-pronged Hannspree Ten Kate Honda squad, Carlos Checa brings his GP experience to the SBK paddock.
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Fonsi Nieto shocked many with his first career SBK win in Race 2 - Qatar
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The 2007 World Supersport Champion, Kenan Sofuoglu is looking to make an impact on SBK.
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Michel Fabrizio is getting his factory shot this year aboard the strong 1098R Xerox Ducati.
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Spaniard Fonsi Nieto won his first SBK race at Qatar, but can he follow it up with more?
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Ruben Xaus knows how to go fast, and could be a major player this season aboard the Go Eleven Sterilgarda Ducati 1098R.
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The 2007 World Supersport Champion, Kenan Sofuoglu - Qatar
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Ryuichi Kiyonari scored 22nd and 19th-place finishes in his SBK debut - Qatar
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Ryuichi Kiyonari brings a pair of British Superbike Championships into the SBK series.
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Yukio Kagayama will sit out the next WSBK round at Phillip Island due to a broken collarbone suffered at Qatar.
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Suzuki's Yukio Kagayama finished a respectable 8th in Race 1 at Qatar but crashed hard in the second race and DNFed.
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Nitro Nori got 2008 off to a rather poor start - Qatar
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For 2008 Makoto Tamada is running on the PSG-1 Kawasaki ZX-10R - Qatar
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Lorenzo Lanzi is riding 2008 aboard a R.G. Ducati 1098R - Qatar
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David Checa is riding for the Yamaha France Ipone GMT 94 team - Qatar
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Sebastien Gimbert is rolling in 2008 with the Yamaha Yamaha France Ipone GMT 94 squad - Qatar
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Jakub Smrz will be yet another rider donning the Ducati 1098R, with the Czech riding for Guandalini Racing by Grifo's.
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Yamaha Motor Italia's Troy Corser sat atop the provisional pole after the first day of qualifying at Phillip Island.
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Troy Bayliss nabbed the podium in the first race of the season last week and would love to duplicate that feat at PI.
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Alstare Suzuki's Max Neukirchner was about a half-second off of Corser's timesheet-topping pace during Friday's qualifying session.
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Troy Bayliss is closing out his SBK career in 2008, a legend for sure.
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Yamaha's Noriyuki Haga (41) is hounded by Go Eleven Ducati's Max Biaggi - Phillip Island
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Alstare Suzuki's Fonzi Nieto went 5-3 at Phillip Island and is still runner-up to Bayliss in the points chase.
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Yamaha's Troy Corser was second in Race 1 so his DNF in Race 2 was very untimely - Phillip Island
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Troy Corser celebrates his 2nd in Race 1 - Phillip Island
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Xerox Ducati's Troy Bayliss did the double at Phillip Island
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Ruben Xaus fared better than his teammate, with a pair of fourth-place finishes - Phillip Island
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Max Biaggi was having a great weekend, except for the devastating crashess... Phillip Island.
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Michel Fabrizio returned from a nasty starting line crash to finish on the podium with the Xerox Ducati - Phillip Island
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Troy Bayliss got the double before the home Australian crowd - Phillip Island
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Alstare Suzuki's Max Neukirchner topped the timesheet in Valencia's practice session.
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The Alstare Suzuki techs have been on top of their game so far and prepped a 1-2 Valencia practice punch.
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Yukio Kagayama and Max Neukirchner look to put Alstare Suzuki on Valencia's podium tomorrow.
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Ryuichi Kiyonari looked impressive in his first superpole, posting the sixth-fastest time and securing a second row start.
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The Alstare Suzuki team has been red-hot this weekend. Even its umbrella girls were smokin'. - Valencia
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Ducati Xerox's Troy Bayliss has a comfortable lead in the World Superbike championship point standings and finished second in both races at Valencia.
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Sterilgarda Go Eleven's Max Biaggi was a trooper in Valencia and was able to finish eighth in Race 2 despite his injured left arm.
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Carlos Checa tried a risky inside move on Alstare Suzuki's Max Neukirchner on the final turn of Race 1 which took both riders out.
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Yamaha Motor Italia's Troy Corser fared well at Valencia, scoring a third-place finish in Race 1 and a fifth in Race 2.
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Nitro Nori was one of the ten riders who DNFed in Race 1 at Valencia.
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Valencia's Race 2 podium - Noriyuki Haga (winner), Troy Bayliss (second) and Carlos Checa (third).
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It was a scramble for the holeshot in Race 1 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.
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Ruben Xaus didn't finish the first race but salvaged a seventh-place finish in Race 2.
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Haga does his mental preparations before competing in the World Superbike Valencia races.
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Troy Bayliss may have crashed on a bicycle during pre-race training at Monaco, the Aussie has been nothing but fast at Assen claiming Superpole.
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Troy Bayliss celebrates a double victory with Ducati's David Tardozzi - Assen
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Ducati Xerox's Troy Bayliss won both races at Assen and holds a 70-point lead in the championship point standings. - Assen
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Sterigarda Go Eleven's Max Biaggi struggled with grip up front all weekend and could only muster a 10th place finish in Race 1. - Assen
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Go,Max,Go. Laconi's trying to close the gap. - Assen
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Michel Fabrizio had surgery on his right forearm the day after the Assen round to help with forearm flexor muscle compartment syndrome. - Assen
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Yamaha Motor Italia's Noriyuki Haga went down in Race 1 after an incident with Ruben Xaus. - Assen
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The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team had a strong showing in Assen courtesy of Carlos Checa's double podium finish. - Assen
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Would you expect anything less than a fair-skinned blonde beauty for a brolly girl in Holland? - Assen
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The traditional champange shower goes along with the glory of victory. - Assen
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YZF Yamaha's Shinichi Nakatomi was the model of consistency, finishing 15th in both races at Assen. Now if only he can move that consistency into the top ten. - Assen
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Troy Bayliss has been dominating so far this season. Are you sure you're thinking about retiring after this year, Super Troy? - Assen
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Team Alstare Suzuki's Yukio Kagayama had a strong showing in Holland, capturing 4th and 6th place finishes. - Assen
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Yukio Kagayama just finished off the podium in Race 1 on his GSX-R1000. - Assen
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The Yamaha umbrella girls always help keep up team morale. - Assen
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The Race 2 podium included Haga, double-podium winner Bayliss, and Checa. -
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Ducati Xerox's Troy Bayliss won his third Superpole of the season today. - Monza
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Noriyuki Haga will start from the third slot on the front row and would love to repeat his double podium performance of last year. - Monza
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Troy Bayliss scored a third-place finish in Race 1 but had to retire from Race 2 due to technical problems with his Ducati 1098R - Monza
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In Race 1, Alstare Suzuki's Max Neukircher won his first WSBK race, and was joined by Haga and Bayliss on the podium. - Monza
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Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's Carlos Checa finished eighth in Race 1 but DNFed in Race 2. - Monza
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Championship points leader Troy Bayliss was able to expand his lead despite retiring from Race 2. - Monza
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Haga had a rocky start to the World Superbike season, but has been showing the form that we have come to expect from the Yamaha rider the last couple of races. - Monza
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Nitro Nori almost duplicated his double from last year, finishing 1-2 in Sunday's races. - Monza
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Hannspree Ten Kate's brolly girl provides a little shelter for Kiyonari before the race. - Monza
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Ryuichi Kiyonari had an excellent weekend of racing, finishing in sixth during the first race and grabbing a podium position in Race 2. - Monza
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Alstare Suzuki's Max Neukirchner scored his first World Superbike victory in Race 1, holding off Fiat Yamaha's Noriyuki Haga at the finish line. - Monza
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He may have been denied victory at Valencia but there was no denying Mad Max today, who was victorious in Monza's Race 1. - Monza
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Fonsi Nieto rode his GSX-R100 hard in Sunday's races and earned a seventh and fourth place finish. - Monza
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Sterilgarda Go Eleven's Ruben Xaus was able to salvage a seventh-place finish in Race 2 after suffering a DNF in Race 1. - Monza
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Troy Corser set the pace today during the first qualifying session. - Nurburgring
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Ducati Xerox's Troy Bayliss didn't win a race in Germany but still extended his championship point lead to 39. - Nurburgring
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The Ducati Xerox team of Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio scrape some knee pucks at Nurburgring. - Nurburgring
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Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's Carlos Checa couldn't duplicate his Miller heroics, but still finished in fifth-place in both races. - Nurburgring
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Carlos Checa still sits in second place in the championship point standings, but he did fall further behind Bayliss. - Nurburgring
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Yamaha Motor Italia's Noriyuki Haga was the man in Germany, scoring the double victory. - Nurburgring
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Hannspree's Ryuichi Kiyonari rides the Honda CBR1000RR hard around the German circuit. - Nurburgring
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Shinichi Nakatomi might not have been fast, but at least he was consistent, placing 18th in both races. - Nurburgring
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Alstare Suzuki's Max Neukirchner grabbed the pole and finished both races on the podium in third place. - Nurburgring
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Fonsi Nieto registered an eighth-place finish in Race 1 and a ninth-place in Race 2. - Nurburgring
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Race 1 was run in dry conditions, but rain shortened Race 2. - Nurburgring
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Misano babes.
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Ducati Xerox's Troy Bayliss was always near the front and finished third in both races at San Marino. - Misano
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Carlos Checa was the fastest Honda rider of the day, finishing fifth in Race 1 and eighth in Race 2. - Misano
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Yamaha Motor Italia's Troy Corser duels with Alstare Suzuki's Max Neukirchner for the lead. - Misano
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David Checa opens up the throttle on his YZF-R1. - Misano
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Ducati Xerox's Michel Fabrizio DNFed in Race 1 but weathered the storm to an 11th-place finish in Race 2. - Misano
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Alstare Suzuki's Yukio Kagayama may not have had the results he wanted but rode consistently, finishing 11th in Race 1 and 12th in Race 2. - Misano
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Gregorio Lavilla rode his CBR1000RR to an eighth-place finish in Race 1. - Misano
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The Race 2 podium was dominated by the Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati team, led by Ruben Xaus' winning efforts. - Misano
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Max Neukirchner and Troy Bayliss would battle it out all day long. - Misano
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Ruben Xaus looked good in qualifying and backed that up with a victory in Race 2. - Misano
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Nitro Nori struggled in Race 1 but looked much better in Race 2 and finished in fourth place. - Misano
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Ducati wildcard rider Niccolo Canepa continues to look impressive and qualified in sixth place. - Brno
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Michel Fabrizio had his best outing of the season and will start tomorrow from the front row. - Brno
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Neukirchner scored a lackluster 7-5 byline, holding second in the points, but giving ground to Corser - Brno
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Troy Corser had a double podium day and gained ground on Neukirchner for second in the points - Brno
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Corser was able to match Bayliss for a time, but eventually the Ducati pulled away - Brno
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Bayliss doesn't really need a spark for the title this season - Brno
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As impressive as Bayliss was, scoring the Double, his teammate Fabrizio pulled a double-podium performance - Brno
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Ducati Xerox's Troy Bayliss not only won Race 2, but rode home with the title of World Superbike champion for 2008. - Magny Cours
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Sterilgarda Go Eleven's Max Biaggi just missed a podium position in Race 1, finishing in 4th place. - Magny Cours
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Yamaha Motor Italia's Troy Corser rode to a third-place finish in Race 2. - Magny Cours
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Nitro Nori lit it up in France, winning Race 1 and grabbing second in Race 2. - Magny Cours
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Alstare Suzuki's Fonsi Nieto posted his best results since the first race, finishing second in Race 1. - Magny Cours
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Nitro Nori Haga celebrates his dominating effort at Vallelunga 2008.
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Noriyuki Haga on the top of the Vallelunga podium.
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Troy Bayliss closed out his impressive SBK career is style.
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Bayliss walks away from the racing on a high note.
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Winning three SBK titles with three different Ducatis, Bayliss will be remember as one of the best to ever compete in the World Superbike Championship.
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Yamaha Motor Italia's Noriyuki Haga had a rough go of it at Portimao, scoring a DNF in Race 1 and finishing back in 14th place in Race 2.
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Yamaha's Troy Corser appears to be racing out of the clouds on his way to second place in the final WSBK Championship standings.
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Troy Bayliss ended his World Superbike career in grand fashion, scoring the double podium victory in Portugal.
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Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's Carlos Checa rode to a second place finish in Race 1 and placed fourth in the final point standings.
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Hannspree Honda's wildcard rider, Johnathan Rea, rode a strong Race 1 and finished in fourth place.
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Alstare Suzuki's Yukio Kagayama gets a little encouragement from his No. 1 fan.
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Honda's wildcard riders had an impact in Portugal as Leon Haslam earned a third-place podium position in Race 2.
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Fonsi Nieto charged from the back of the pack to finish in the top five of both races.
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Suzuki's Max Neukirchner just missed a podium spot in Race 2, losing out to Leon Haslam by 0.627 seconds.
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Ducati Xerox's Michel Fabrizio made it a 1-2 finish for the factory Ducati team after snaring second place in the final race of the season in Portimao.
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Troy Bayliss already had the 2008 World Superbike title under wraps but still went out and opened up a can of a@#-whooping Sunday while scoring a double victory.