Magny-Cours: World Superbike Results

Magny Cours SBK Results

Cal Crutchlow on his Yamaha R1 and Max Biaggi on his championship-winning Aprilia RSV4 shared the race wins this weekend, the last one of the 2010 World Superbike season.

The motorcycle-racing action did not disappoint even if the WSBK championship was decided last weekend in favour of Biaggi, and throughout the field the final championship ranking places were still up for grabs.

Max helped win the Manufacturers’ SBK Championship for Aprilia, and in winning race two took his overall win score in 2010 to an appropriate ten. Aprilia won the Manufacturers’ title by 47 points.

Race one podium man Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) ended his season with 376 points to Biaggi’s 451, but Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) ended up moving into third, despite the brave efforts in race one of injured rider Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) who had to pull out of race two.

Checa now finishes with 297 points, Rea has 292 and after taking a win and a second today, Crutchlow is fifth, only eight points behind Rea. Noriyuki Haga ended his final day in his current team sixth in the standings, on 258 points.

Despite being excluded from race one for ignoring a ride-through penalty, Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare) went fourth in race two and seventh overall. He ended his rookie WSBK season two points ahead of race two podium finisher, Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox).

James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) dropped to overall ninth, after two no-scores today. Tenth in the rankings was Shane Byrne (Althea Racing Ducati) after Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) no scored today, and finished 11th.

Tom Sykes was top Kawasaki rider again, in today’s races and the championship itself, taking his official Kawasaki Racing Team machine to 14th in the rankings.

World SBK Race 1

Crutchlow had an eventually lonely win, by 3.779 seconds, in the first race at Magny-Cours but an intense battle behind went to Haslam and Checa as they passed Biaggi for the final podium places in the final chicane.

In fourth Biaggi still scored enough points to give Aprilia the Manufacturers’ Championship. Jakub Smrz (Pata B&G Aprilia) was fifth.

1st – Cal Crutchlow says: “It was a weird race for me really, leading from the front for most of the race. I didn’t think anybody would break away, Max seemed to be holding the group up so I though let’s get in front of him. I thought he or the group would come with me, but managed to pull out a gap. All credit to Sterilgarda Yamaha, we did a good job in this race.”

2nd – Leon Haslam says: “We’ve not had the best of weekends, qualifying in tenth place but I got a good start and had a fantastic battle with loads of different guys. To catch Max and be in that position on the last lap I had to have a go. Imola was going through my mind, the first race when I went off, but I made it stick this time and I’m really happy for Alstare and the boys.”

3rd – Carlos Checa says: “A big thanks to Leon for the third place! It was an exciting race and I thought I could get the podium, I was fighting for second and Max passed me and Leon, I got involved in that group but it was difficult. After I see the fighting between Leon and Max, I see Max open the line, touch the corner and I thought this is my opportunity, I had better drive and on the exit I got the third place. It was fantastic, a real surprise and a nice result.”

WSBK Race 1 Results (with Pirelli Race Tyre Selection (Front/Rear): 1.Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 38’15.586 (159,101 kph) (C/A); 2.Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 3.779 (B/A); 3.Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 4.261 (B/B); 4.Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 4.416 (B/A); 5. Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 7.476 (B/A); 6.Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 11.866 (A/A); 7.Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 16.390 (A/A); 8.Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 21.669 (C/A); 9.Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 22.065 (B/A); 10.Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 22.281 (A/A); 11.Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 26.748 (B/A); 12.Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 35.608 (C/A); 13.Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 39.929 (C/A); 14.Lowry I. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 54.836 (A/A); 15.Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’07.191 (C/A); 16.Lai F. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1’14.632 (A/A)

World SBK Race 2

Biaggi underlined his championship status with a win in race two, holding off a determined Crutchlow by only 0.087 seconds after 23 laps of close action. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox Team) pushed his way past Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare) in the final chicane entry to take third. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) was fifth.

1st – Max Biaggi says: “My condition was bad all weekend, I had a bit of high fever. Race 1 was not so bad but I couldn’t breathe properly. Race 2 I wanted to finish on the podium, I pushed very hard, had a little moment half-way through. I tried to not make any mistakes. We wanted to make a good result for the end of the year and I’m proud of helping Aprilia to win the Manufacturers’ title.”

2nd – Cal Crutchlow says: “It was a close race, enjoyable for me. I had to catch up from a bad start. All credit to Max he rode fantastic. It was an incredible race win, I couldn’t do anything about it. He won the championship so to be battling with him at the end it’s been good for me. I came into the championship with high expectations, and I’m pleased with the fifth place overall.”

3rd – Michel Fabrizio says: “It was a great battle with Guintoli. I really wanted the podium both for myself and for my team, so I could finish the season off well with them. I’d like to thank Ducati for the last three years, as well as the team, it’s been great. Now I have to look to the future!”

WSBK Race 2 Results: 1.Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’11.343 (159,396 kph); 2.Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 0.087; 3.Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 3.715; 4.Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 4.004; 5.Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 15.471; 6.Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 18.378; 7.Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 21.180; 8.Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 23.055; 9.Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 25.657; 10.Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 27.781; 11.Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 28.206; 12.Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 44.634; 13.Lowry I. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’04.181; 14.Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’16.446

World SBK Points (after 13 rounds of 13): 1. Biaggi 451; 2. Haslam 376; 3.Checa 297; 4.Rea 292; 5. Crutchlow 284; 6. Haga 258; 7. Guintoli 197;8.Fabrizio 195; 9.Toseland 187; 10.Byrne 169 Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 471; 2. Ducati 424; 3.Suzuki 412; 4.Yamaha 352; 5.Honda 313; 6. BMW 201; 7. Kawasaki 113

Pirelli Race Tyre Selection (Front/Rear): All riders on same solutions with the exception of Lanzi and Lai who changed to the “C” front and Hayden who changed to the “B” front for Race 2.

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