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Eclipsing the excitement in MotoGP this week, World Superbike has heated up to be a great series to watch in these final two outings. Recently signed to Tech3 Yamaha, Ben Spies looked for W in Race 1 to try and take back the Championship lead from Noriyuki Haga.

Always a bridesmaid, and never a bride, Haga entered Race 1 also looking for a win, to help further his points lead in what could be his first WSBK Championship trophy. Johnny Rea on the other hand, entered Race 1 to try and crash into one of the top riders, and spoil the whole series for everyone else. Continue after the jump to find who was successful in their endeavors.

Race 1 proved to be Ben Spies’ outing, as the American lead for almost the entire race. With Haga stuck behind Rea and Biaggi, the Japanese rider was unable to challenge the Texan for the front spot until later in the race. After Rea retired with mechanical problems, Haga had to contend with the worthy adversary that is Max Biaggi. The Aprilia RSV4 has shown itself to be a top bike in its first year out racing, and the Emperor proved he could still contend with the top riders of the world.

It would take Haga 10 laps before he could pass the Italian rider, but once he was past Biaggi, Haga closed in on Spies. Catching Spies with only half a lap remaining in the race, Haga would see Spies return the favor post-haste, and squeak a win with just two tenths of second to spare.

The win gave Spies a provisional first place in the Championship points, but still had Race 2 in his way before he could call it a day’s worth of work.

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Magny-Cours, France:

Pos.Num.RiderCountryBikeDiff119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R1-241N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R0.18133M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory5.009484M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R16.347591L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR22.62267C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR24.948771Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K927.144867S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R27.578911T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR28.4861096J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R28.71611111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR52.6801215M. BaioccoITADucati 1098R1′01.3721399L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R1′05.1231425D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1′05.4831594D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R11′05.6721688R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91′29.2841740F. GentileITAHonda CBR1000RR1 LapRET22L. CamierGBRAprilia RSV4 Factory3 LapsRET132S. MoraisRSAKawasaki ZX 10R10 LapsRET10F. NietoESPDucati 1098R11 LapsRET23B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R13 LapsRET65J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR15 LapsRET77V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR18 LapsRET9R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR20 LapsRET31K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K920 LapsRET66T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R122 Laps

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