The 75,000 spectators in attendance watched a spectacular Race 2. Biaggi re-opened a race that already seemed to be over during the initial laps, duelling it out with his rivals up to the very last metre. In the end it was Ben Spies on his Yamaha who took home the victory with a 0:213 lead over the Roman driver. Fabrizio finished in third place again, stopping the clock just 0:675 behind Spies.
The start was a carbon copy of Race 1, with Corser taking off like a missile, but by the end of the first lap, Spies, Fabrizio and Biaggi had broken away. The American seemed to have secured the top position, immediately gaining a one second lead over his adversaries, who by refusing to give up, however, managed to shave off a few tenths of a second with the persistence they displayed lap after lap. During the seventh lap, an extremely close battle began between Fabrizio and Biaggi, with the latter attempting to pass his rival several times, but failing to do so and the Ducati driver gaining back his position time and again.
This continued up until the fifteenth lap when Biaggi finally managed to pass Fabrizio and took off after Spies, who in the meanwhile had managed to pull ahead a few more metres. However, during the next lap, his advantage had decreased, thanks to Biaggi’s fastest lap, resulting in a new track record at 1:59:961 with Biaggi glued right to the back of the American’s motorcycle, inflaming the race as well as the public that was watching it. The RSV4 seemed to be getting the better of the R1, but Spies somehow managed to fight off Biaggi’s attacks, crossing the finish line first with the Roman driver right on his tail.
Thanks to his victory in Race 1 and the second place finish in Race 2, Max has moved into fifth place in the championship classification while Aprilia consolidates its fourth place position in the manufacturer’s championship.
Nakano finished in eleventh place, and after a good start managed to keep up with the group that was battling it out for the seventh position.
Max Biaggi Speaks.. (2nd in Race 2)
"After the victory in the first race, second place is really a great result," declared Biaggi. "I can’t help but be satisfied with a weekend like this one. I battled it out for a long time with Fabrizio and it wasn’t easy to pass him. Plus Spies had set an excellent pace and began pushing ahead right from the get go. I caught up with him right away, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to take the victory away from him, his bike was really stable and he had some great breakaways. We changed the rear suspension for Race 2 and I believe it was the right choice. Now after the holidays, we’ll be going to Germany, where it won’t be easy because we’re going to have to start from scratch again and I hope to find myself in the same situation as today and to have these very same types of races."
Shinya Nakano Speaks… (11th in Race 2)
"After the disappointment of the first race," declared Nakano, "I started off rather well in the second race. We had changed the bike’s settings and it was better, so I was battling it out for seventh position the whole time. When I would try to push forward though, I had some problems at the front of the bike, so I couldn’t force it. Eleventh place is certainly not a good result, after these three, very difficult days. I’m going to have to go into the next race at Nurburgring with a different attitude."