A Weekend In Fontana……. And Assen Too.

Oh MAN!!! I’ve been slacking soooo bad that the boss had to send me an email to kick my a** in gear. Sorry guys and gals. I promise to pull my head outa my rear.

Here we go!!!!!

The racing I didn’t see at all this weekend was the WSBK in Assen, Netherlands. I usually watch this because of the huge presence of Ducati on the podium but for some reason, it wasn’t in the cards this weekend. It looked to be a good weekend for Ducati with the top 4 qualifying spots going to the Ducati 1098’s but only 1 would finish in the top 3 for both races. Fortunately for Ducati, Troy Bayliss won both races. Nice.

Race 1 results

1 Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R
2 Carlos Checa Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
3 Max Neukirchner Team Alstare Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
4 Yukio Kagayama Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
5 Troy Corser Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1
6 Jakub Smrz Guandalini Racing by Grifo’s Ducati 1098R
7 Ryuichi Kiyonari Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
8 Makoto Tamada Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX 10R
9 Gregorio Lavilla Paul Bird Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR
10 Max Biaggi Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098R

Race 2 results

1 Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R
2 Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1
3 Carlos Checa Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
4 Ruben Xaus Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098R
5 Max Neukirchner Team Alstare Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
6 Yukio Kagayama Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
7 Gregorio Lavilla Paul Bird Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR
8 Jakub Smrz Guandalini Racing by Grifo’s Ducati 1098R
9 Makoto Tamada Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX 10R
10 Troy Corser Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1

Now on to Fontana California and the California Speedway for the US Superbike wars. This was some good stuff. The years past have had Suzuki mounted Mat Mladin pretty much smoking the field on his GSXR but then this guy named Ben Spies shows up and jumps on the very same bike on the same team. Matt doesn’t have it so easy any more. This is good because Mladin can be kind of an arrogant a** wipe.

Race 1 on Saturday was kind of yawner for the spectator but relatively brutal for the rider as the winds were quite strong making it difficult to ride. Suzuki’s Ben Spies spanked his team mate Mat Mladin by almost 21 seconds and 34 seconds over the third place rider Tommy Hayden. Sunday was a different story. While it looked like it was going to be a run away victory for Mat Mladin and Spies solidly in 2nd, the interest turned down track a little ways for the battle for 3rd between Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden and Honda’s Neil Hodgson which was eventually taken by Hayden. Back up front, Mladin’s cruise turned in to a battle after Spies closed the 4 second gap and challenged Mladin and his trashed tires to finally draft past him in the last couple of feet of the race by .011 seconds. That’s less than half a wheel. It was a great finish.

Race 1 results

1 Ben Spies American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
2 Mathew Mladin American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
3 Tommy Hayden American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
4 Neil Hodgson American Honda Honda CBR1000RR
5 Eric Bostrom Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
6 Jamie Hacking Monster Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R
7 Jason DiSalvo Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
8 Miguel DuHamel American Honda Honda CBR1000RR
9 Matt Lynn Corona Honda Honda CBR1000RR
10 Jake Holden Corona Honda Honda CBR1000RR

Race 2 results

1 Ben Spies American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
2 Mathew Mladin American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
3 Tommy Hayden American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
4 Neil Hodgson American Honda Honda CBR1000RR
5 Jason DiSalvo Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
6 Eric Bostrom Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
7 Jamie Hacking Monster Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R
8 Scott Jensen   Suzuki GSX-R1000
9 Matt Lynn Corona Honda Honda CBR1000RR
10 Tim Knutson   Suzuki GSX-R1000

Finishing off the weekend in California, the only Ducati of note in AMA racing, finished 3rd in the FX series and the Supersport race was won by Yamaha mounted and Elvis wannabe, Ben Bostrom. During the 1st lap of the Supersport race, M4 Emgo Suzuki rider Martin Cardenas came into a turn way to hot and ended up taking out Suzuki factory rider Tommy Hayden, dislocating Tommy’s ankle which required surgery to repair. Cardenas was transported and later had surgery to repair a broken left femur. Video of the crash shows Cardenas trying to get the bike off the inside of the track to avoid hitting other riders. Officials are looking at a possible brake malfunction as the cause.

That’s it for this past weekends moto racing update. Keep the feet on the pegs race fans!!!!

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