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Haga does the double at Monza

Published: 13 May 2007

Noriyuki Haga recorded a well deserved double win at Monza as he won the second World Superbikes race of the day.

 

The Japanese man had a dreadful start finding himself back in sixth, similar to race one. But once Haga had made his way to the front, overtaking leader James Toseland on lap seven along the way, he rode steadily to victory.

 

The real race was going on behind the leader and Hanspree Ten Kate Honda rider Roberto Rolfo was once again surprising all with his pace as he found himself in second. Rolfo then diced for third with Max Biaggi and Troy Bayliss throughout the 11 laps of the 18 lap race.

 

The real excitement came on the final lap with Toseland being caught by Biaggi and Bayliss. Biaggi had a huge scare, nearly crashing out altogether, but he managed to keep his Suzuki GSX-R1000 upright to finish fifth.

 

Bayliss just missed out on second as Toseland ground it out to hold on with the Australian third by just by 0.15sec.

 

Britain’s Dean Ellison was the last rider to finish in 15th place on his Ducati 999RS.

 

The Yamaha Motor Italia rider, who also set the fastest lap of the race on lap six at 1:46.064, has now moved into second spot in the Championship ahead of Biaggi. Toseland has extended his championship lead to 35 points following his fourth and second places.

 

Race two results:

 

1

N.HAGA

JPN

Yamaha YZF-R1

2

J. TOSELAND

GBR

Honda CBR1000RR

3

T. BAYLISS

AUS

Ducati 999 F07

4

R. ROLFO

ITA

Honda CBR1000RR

5

M.BIAGGI

ITA

Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7

6

T. CORSER

AUS

Yamaha YZF-R1

7

Y. KAGAYAMA

JPN

Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7

8

R. LACONI

FRA

Kawasaki ZX-10R

9

K. MUGGERIDGE

AUS

Honda CBR1000RR

10

J. SMRZ

CZE

Ducati 999 F05

11

M.FABRIZIO

ITA

Honda CBR1000RR

12

M.NEUKIRCHNER

GER

Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6

13

R. XAUS

ESP

Ducati 999 F06

14

R. PIETRI

VEN

Yamaha YZF-R1

15

D. ELLISON

GBR

Ducati 999RS

 

Championship standings after race two:

 

Toseland 229

Haga 194

Biaggi 191

Bayliss 164

Corser 135

Lanzi 107

Xaus 106

Neukirchner 81

Rolfo 77

Kagayama 60

Fabrizio 51

Laconi 50

Nieto 46

Smrz 44

Brookes 40

Muggeridge 28

Nakatomi 19

Martin 14

Bussei 11

Polita 8

Ellison 5

Borciani 3

Pietri 2

Morelli 2

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