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Fabrizio and Haslam rule the roost in South Africa

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Italy‰Ûªs Michel Fabrizio and Briton Leon Haslam have shared wins in round six of the world superbike title in South Africa on May 16, with Aussie Troy Corser unable to replicate his front-running deeds from the previous weekend‰Ûªs round in Monza.
Fabrizio was back in the winners circle in South Africa taking the race one win
Race one was a flawless exhibition by a rejuvenated Fabrizio, who seized the lead from the start and was never headed in a 24-lap blitz, which included lowering his own lap record from 2009.

The Italian metered his lead over fellow Ducati rider Carlos Checa with precision, and the final winning margin was just over one second, with Haslam (Suzuki) third ahead of Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and Jonathan Rea (Honda).

An inexplicable loss of grip in race two saw Fabrizio only finish eighth, and this time it was a double act putting on a show at the front as Rea and Haslam pulled out all stops in a stirring battle.

The arm wrestle was eventually settled in favour of Haslam, who passed Rea two laps from home and stayed in front to claim his third win of the year. Biaggi claimed the final spot on the dais ahead of polesitter Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) and Checa, all five separated by just 1.479secs.

‰ÛÏThe second race was one of the best races I‰Ûªve ever been involved in and definitely one of the hardest,‰Û

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