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October 4, 2009

Haga Increases WSBK Lead

Noriyuki Haga Aboard his Xerox Ducati

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Noriyuki Haga will take a ten point lead over Ben Spies into the final round of the World Superbike Championship after cruising to his eighth win of the season at Magny-Cours, France.

The Ducati rider fell two points behind Spies after the opening race, when the American edged him out by only 0.181 seconds. Haga struck back in race two, taking the lead in lap 1 and never looking back as Spies endured a troublesome race, quickly falling away from the lead fight to eventually cross the line in fourth position, more than 18 seconds behind Haga.

The Japanese rider's victory this weekend also means that Ducati has locked the 2009 manufacturer’s title one round early.

Race 1 Results

1. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 37'57.110 (160,392 kph); 2. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 0.181; 3. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 5.009; 4. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 16.347; 5. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 22.622; 6. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 24.948; 7. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 27.144; 8. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 27.578; 9. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 28.486; 10. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 28.716; 11. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 52.680; 12. Baiocco M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'01.372 ; 13. Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'05.123; 14. Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'05.483; 15. Checa D. (ESP) Yamaha YZF R1 1'05.672; 16. Resch R. (AUT) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'29.284

Race 2 Results

1. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 38'00.282 (160,169 kph); 2. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1.480; 3. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 6.024; 4. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 18.135; 5. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 21.236; 6. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 23.647; 7. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 23.701; 8. Muggeridge K. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 24.838; 9. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 31.455; 10. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 32.507; 11. Nieto F. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 37.594; 12. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 44.727; 13. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 49.782; 14. Baiocco M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 50.345; 15. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 56.209; 16. Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 58.796

Points (after 13 of 14 rounds) 

1. Haga 436; 2. Spies 426; 3. Fabrizio 346; 4. Biaggi 293; 6. Rea 279; 6. Haslam 241; 7. Checa 200; 8. Sykes 176; 9. Byrne 166; 10. Smrz 161.

Manufacturers

1. Ducati 534; 2. Yamaha 469; 3. Honda 395; 4. Aprilia 303; 5. Suzuki 167; 6. Bmw 126; 7. Kawasaki 67