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WSB Miller: Biaggi takes win after Checa suffers technical problem

Published: 31 May 2010

Max Biaggi claimed his fifth race win of the 2010 season to close within ten points of championship leader Leon Haslam. Biaggi and Spanish veteran Carlos Checa were in a class of their own throughout the race, but Biaggi was ultimately gifted the win on lap 19 when Checa’s Althea Ducati stopped whilst leading by over two seconds.

It remains unclear what went wrong with Checa’s Ducati only that when he shut off for a corner and then opened the throttle on the exit the engine had died.

Second place went to Leon Haslam who fought his way up from tenth after a poor start and being held up by Jacob Smrz’s smoking Ducati on the first lap.

Noriyuki Haga made a welcome return to the podium after what has been arguably the most difficult spell of his racing career in recent rounds. The Xerox Ducati man followed Haslam up through the pack to secure his first podium since his win in Valencia at the start of April.

Leon Camier rode an impressive race to secure fourth at the finish. The factory Aprilia man held second on the first lap but dropped back due to excessive front tyre wear on his RSV4.

Troy Corser made another brilliant start onboard his BMW S1000RR to run as high as fourth after starting from 15th on the grid. The Australian rider didn’t have the pace in the closing stages, but secured an impressive fifth place.

The ride of the day had to go to Shane Byrne who went from 20th after a off track excursion to sixth. In the closing stages of the race the Althea Ducati man was the fastest man on track and nearly piped Corser for fifth.

Jonathan Rea crashed his Ten Kate Honda on lap but managed to rejoin to claim 14th. Cal Crutchlow has his race wrecked after he was forced to run off the track avoiding Rea he ended up in 11th. James Toseland ran as high as seventh but dropped to ninth in the closing stages with tyre issues. Tom Sykes finished in 13th.

1 2 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 21 1'48.097
2 5 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 21 4.931 1'48.449
3 6 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 21 6.432 1'48.714
4 8 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 21 8.576 1'48.789
5 15 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 21 11.150 1'49.038
6 11 67 S. BYRNE GBR Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 21 11.243 1'48.579
7 13 99 L. SCASSA ITA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 21 12.432 1'49.246
8 12 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 21 15.145 1'49.076
9 14 52 J. TOSELAND GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 21 16.091 1'49.144
10 9 111 R. XAUS ESP BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 21 16.502 1'49.309
11 3 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 21 18.719 1'48.829
12 16 76 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 21 24.285 1'49.583
13 18 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 21 36.479 1'50.316
14 7 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 21 39.700 1'48.907
15 17 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 21 41.253 1'50.324
16 20 95 R. HAYDEN USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 21 41.661 1'50.338
17 19 23 B. PARKES AUS ECHO CRS Honda Honda CBR1000RR 21 1'00.427 1'51.011
18 21 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 17 4 Laps 1'52.735
--------------------------------------------------Not Classified--------------------------------------------------
RET 1 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 18 3 Laps 1'48.045
RET 10 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1 20 Laps
RET 4 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1098R 0

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