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Max Biaggi takes second double at Misano

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Max Biaggi continued along the rich seam of form he has been displaying for the past two rounds by taking his fourth double win of the year at round 8 of the World Superbike championship at Misano, Italy.

the Italian utterly dominating raceday at Misano to move further ahead in the championship standings. In front of 69,000 fans the Aprilia Alitalia rider was eventually imperious after some early flurries of overtaking activity, but Superpole winner Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was a co-star in race one, leading for 16 laps before yielding to Max, then finishing third. Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) fought back from eighth in race one to go second in race two, and keep Biaggi in his sights for the final five rounds of the year. In the overall championship Biaggi has 307 points, Haslam 270 and Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) 172.

Biaggi took his seventh win of the season in race 1, finally overtaking long time leader Corser and then proving able to hold off Carlos Checa's Ducati in the final laps. Checa was second, Corser third, the top three veteran riders covered by only 0.822 seconds at the flag.

Ducati Xerox's Michel Fabrizio was fourth, Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare) fifth. Leon Camier, on the second Aprilia RSV4, was an eventually lonely sixth.

Noriyuki Haga ended race one seventh after working hard at Misano; Haslam a disappointed eighth, having some technical set-up issues that held back his possible charge. Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati) and James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) were ninth and tenth respectively.

Biaggi was in unbeatable form in race 2, surviving some hard early passing moves by his main rivals to get clear of the pack and push on to win, easing up across the line, by 4.095 seconds.

This was double number four for the season. Haslam was a committed second after changing his machine and rear tyre as he attempted to halt Biaggi's championship surge. Fabrizio returned to some of his best form by going third, holding off the determined Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda).

Checa was fifth after being ambushed in the early laps, Guintoli sixth and Byrne seventh. Luca Scassa was an impressive eighth for the local Supersonic Ducati Team, with Haga ninth and early leader Corser tenth after losing ten seconds in one lap.

"I'm obviously happy with this victory. Especially because I didn't expect it and because doing so well in Italy, in front of our supporters has a very special flavour for us," Biaggi said.

"The conditions are difficult because of the lack of grip. Already after five or six laps I started to "drift". After overtaking Troy I tried to push as hard as possible because I saw that the times were still high, but I couldn't shake him or Checa because the risk for mistakes was too high."

"In such a tough and well balanced championship, all of the victories are earned with hard work and sweat. In race 2, to be honest, maybe I rode... pushing the envelope a bit, maybe even risking too much. But on the other hand, without risk there is no gain! This race represents a crucial moment for us and for our season we are coming out with our heads held high.

"As always I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart: from the guys on the team to our supporters. Victories like this never happen by chance and these ones in particular are well deserved by a large family which works together toward a common goal," Biaggi concluded.

In the Supersport class Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) got the better of his peers at Misano and in taking another win he went back to the lead in the championship.

Pole man Michele Pirro (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) crashed out of contention early on, leaving Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) to finish second.

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) could have taken that runner-up position but ran off line or off track on several occasions, and finished third.

In the championship Laverty now has 161 points, Sofuoglu has 158, and Lascorz 148.

Main Photo: Max Biaggi on his way to two in a row

Race 1 - 24 Laps
1 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 38'59.319
2 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 0'00.387
3 Troy Corser BMW AUS 0'00.822
4 Michel Fabrizio Ducati ITA 0'04.911
5 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki FRA 0'05.916
6 Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 0'08.658
7 Noriyuki Haga Ducati JPN 0'11.872
8 Leon Haslam Suzuki GBR 0'11.907
9 Shane Byrne Ducati GBR 0'16.490
10 James Toseland Yamaha GBR 0'18.458
11 Luca Scassa Ducati ITA 0'18.646
12 Lorenzo Lanzi Ducati ITA 0'19.315
13 Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 0'25.405
14 Max Neukirchner Honda GER 0'31.671
15 Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 0'39.658

Race 2 - 24 Laps
1 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 38'58.149
2 Leon Haslam Suzuki GBR 0'04.095
3 Michel Fabrizio Ducati ITA 0'04.631
4 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 0'05.014
5 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 0'06.256
6 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki FRA 0'07.677
7 Shane Byrne Ducati GBR 0'10.144
8 Luca Scassa Ducati ITA 0'10.942
9 Noriyuki Haga Ducati JPN 0'13.640
10 Troy Corser BMW AUS 0'16.279
11 Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 0'17.799
12 Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 0'22.793
13 Lorenzo Lanzi Ducati ITA 0'24.131
14 Max Neukirchner Honda GER 0'28.212
15 Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki AUS 0'36.551

RIDER STANDINGS 27/06/2010
1. Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 307
2. Leon Haslam Suzuki GBR 270
3. Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 172
4. Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 158
5. Noriyuki Haga Ducati JPN 151
6. Troy Corser BMW AUS 149
7. James Toseland Yamaha GBR 138
8. Michel Fabrizio Ducati ITA 131
9. Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 130
10. Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 120
11. Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki FRA 116
12. Shane Byrne Ducati GBR 97
13. Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 61
14. Luca Scassa Ducati ITA 53
15. Ruben Xaus BMW ESP 53

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