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Biaggi bags another double and takes championship lead

Sofuoglu betters Laverty for Supersport win

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Max Biaggi has continued his brilliant world superbike form to claim his third double win of the year in racing overnight in the seventh round of the world superbike championship in Salt Lake City, USA.
Leon Haslam dropped the championship lead after crashing out in race 2. He scored a 2nd in the opening race.
The veteran Aprilia rider was a runaway winner in both 21-lap lap races at Miller Motorsports Park, and he also inherited the championship lead after Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki‰Ûªs Leon Haslam slumped to his first DNF of the year with a crash in race two.

Biaggi‰Ûªs clean sweep followed on from the same feats at Portimao and Monza earlier in the season.

Biaggi‰Ûªs only real opposition at Miller came from polesitter Carlos Checa, who was clearly the fastest rider and set a new lap record of 1:48.045 around the 4.907km layout in race one.

‰ÛÏWe‰Ûªve had a double win, which is very helpful to me and my team,‰Û
Noriyuki Haga was back on the pace in the USA with a 3-4 day.
Biaggi‰Ûªs Aprilia team mate Leom Camier was another to have a good day with a 4-1 day to give him enough points to move up to 8th in the championship.

Noriyuki Haga also found some form in the Urah desert with a 3-4 result.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy to be back on the podium today, but it wasn‰Ûªt easy! At the start of Race 1," the Ducati Xerox rider said.

"I was having trouble pushing but after a few laps the tyres picked up a bit and I was finally able to get past Camier in the final stages. It‰Ûªs a great result and the first time I‰Ûªve been on the Miller podium.
Jonathan Rea had a shocker with a DNF and 8th and now sits third in the championship, 100 points behind Biaggi.
"In Race 2 I had a similar feeling with my bike but the race was more difficult. I started badly and had to push so hard to make up the lost ground. In the last two years my weekends at Miller have been conditioned by crashes but this year I had a good feeling right from the first exit I made on Friday and this gave me confidence that a podium was possible. I‰Ûªm satisfied and now we move on to Misano, a circuit where there is no long straight and where the Ducati could be very fast," Haga predicted.

From an Australian standpoint Troy Corser (BMW, 127) slipped to seventh at Miller despite two solid fifth place finishes. Corser‰Ûªs countrymen Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki) and Broc Parkes (Honda) were again well off the pace.

Corser was running as high as second in race two before slipping back to fifth in the last few laps, courtesy of a slow-starting but fast-finishing Haga.

Corser was still encouraged by his efforts, especially after he was forced to start both races from the fourth row of the grid after a disappointing Superpole.

‰ÛÏOverall, we should be happy today,‰Û
Aussie Chris Vermeulen scored points but still has a long way to go.
In world supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) took his tenth career Supersport World Championship pole in qualifying at Miller, before winning his 16th career race and improving his championship lead from one point to six points. He also took a new lap record of 1:51.702.

‰ÛÏBig thanks to my team because on Saturday we had a big problem on the bike. My focus has been on winning all weekend and after Eugene got away at the start I was able to catch and pass him. After that I just worked hard to control the race and keep the gap between me and him. I am very happy for this win and I will be working hard with the team for another in Misano.

Sofuoglu‰Ûªs brand-mate Eugene Laverty was second, just over a second behind the winner, with Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) third.

‰ÛÏThat was a nice race at the beginning as I got the holeshot. Kenan put some fast laps and went by me so I tried to re-pass him, but then he just disappeared. My bike became a little bit better as the race wore on but I had some chatter right at the end. Kenan rode fantastically well and I could not keep in touch with him, so 20 points for second is more than enough," Laverty said.

In the championship, Sofuoglu has 142pts, Laverty 136, Lascorz 128 and Triumph‰Ûªs Chaz Davies 84.

The championship now moves to Misano, San Marino, June 25-27

Main Photo: Max Biaggi in the Utah desert Credit: Greame Brown

MILLER WORLD SUPERBIKE RESULTS

Race one: 21 laps
1 Max Biaggi, Italy, Aprilia 38:20.442
2 Leon Haslam, Great Britain, Suzuki +4.931secs
3 Noriyuki Haga, Japan, Ducati +6.432
4 Leon Camier, Great Britain, Aprilia +8.576
5 Troy Corser, Australia, BMW +11.150
6 Shane Byrne, Great Britain, Ducati +11.243
7 Luca Scassa, Italy, Ducati +12.432
8 Sylvain Guintoli, France, Suzuki +15.141
9 James Toseland, Great Britain, Yamaha +16.091
10 Ruben Xaus, Spain, BMW +16.502
15 Chris Vermeulen, Australia, Kawasaki +41.253
19 Broc Parkes, Australia, Honda +1:00.427

Fastest lap and new record: Carlos Checa (Spain, Ducati) ‰ÛÒ 1:48.045.
(Previous record: Ben Spies, USA, Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 1:48.768).

Race two: 21 laps
1 Max Biaggi 38:17.842
2 Leon Camier +5.899
3 Cal Crutchlow +7.363
4 Noriyuki Haga +8.842
5 Troy Corser +9.473
6 Guintoli +12.293
7 Sylvain Shane Byrne +12.483
8 Jonathan Rea, Great Britain, Honda +15.959
9 Michel Fabrizio, Italy, Ducati +18.897
10 Scassa +20.372
13 Chris Vermeulen +33.337
15 Broc Parkes +44.994

Fastest lap: Carlo Checa ‰ÛÒ 1:48.148

WORLD SUPERBIKE STANDINGS (AFTER ROUND SEVEN OF 13):
1 Max Biaggi 257
2 Leon Haslam 242
3 Jonathan Rea 151
4 Carlos Checa 141
5 Noriyuki Haga 135
6 James Toseland 132
7 Troy Corser 127
8 Leon Camier 115
9 Cal Crutchlow 107
10 Michel Fabrizio 102
19 Chris Vermeulen 9
24 Broc Parkes 2

SUPERSPORT
Race : (Laps 18 = 88,326 Km)
Pos Rider - Nat. - Team - Time - Gap
1 K. SOFUOGLU - TUR - Honda CBR600RR - HANNspree Ten Kate Honda - 33'45.278
2 E. LAVERTY - IRL - Honda CBR600RR - Parkalgar Honda - 1.028
3 J. LASCORZ - ESP - Kawasaki ZX-6R - Kawasaki Motocard.com - 1.673
4 C. DAVIES - GBR - Triumph Daytona 675 - ParkinGO Triumph BE1 - 13.209
5 M. PIRRO - ITA - Honda CBR600RR - HANNspree Ten Kate Honda - 14.209
6 K. FUJIWARA - JPN - Kawasaki ZX-6R - Kawasaki Motocard.com - 14.386
7 D. SALOM - ESP - Triumph Daytona 675 - ParkinGO BE1 Triumph - 14.603
8 R. HARMS - DEN - Honda CBR600RR - Harms Benjan Racing - 20.582
9 G. REA - GBR - Honda CBR600RR - Intermoto Czech - 22.895
10 F. FORET - FRA - Kawasaki ZX-6R - Team Lorenzini by Leoni - 27.100
11 J. DISALVO - USA - Triumph Daytona 675 - ParkinGO BE1 Triumph - 27.211
12 M. LAGRIVE - FRA - Triumph Daytona 675 - ParkinGO Triumph BE1 - 28.293
13 M. ROCCOLI - ITA - Honda CBR600RR - Intermoto Czech - 28.393
14 M. PRAIA - POR - Honda CBR600RR - Parkalgar Honda - 41.986
15 A. LUNDH - SWE - Honda CBR600RR - Cresto Guide Racing Team - 48.402

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