After bagging his second-ever WSBK victory, Chris Vermeulen was the favorite for race two. However, as the race got underway, James Toseland got the hole-shot into turn one. But Vermeulen went to work quickly, chasing Toseland. On the chase for...
After bagging his second-ever WSBK victory, Chris Vermeulen was the favorite for race two. However, as the race got underway, James Toseland got the hole-shot into turn one. But Vermeulen went to work quickly, chasing Toseland. On the chase for the leading two were, Regis Laconi, Steve Martin, Noriyuki Haga and Pier-Francesco Chili.
Without the disadvantage of starting from pit row, Haga was on the charge, putting pressure on Martin for fourth.
Up front, the battle for the lead only lasted a few laps before Vermeulen took over it into turn two. But the man to watch was Haga, as he closed the gap between himself and Laconi on third. Haga's job got easier on lap six, as Laconi ran wide going into turn three, allowing Haga to get within a bike length of the French rider.
Haga came away victorious going into turn 11, after Laconi made a mistake and ran wide. Even though Vermeulen led, Toseland continued to match his pace, never farther than few bike lengths from the Honda rider.
Laconi, doing damage control on the championship, did not let off after Haga passed him. In fact, he only sat behind the number 41 for a few laps, before he began to apply pressure. Laconi's strengths seemed to be around turn two, six and nine, showing Haga his front wheel several times and even overtaking him into turn two; but running a bit wide. With eight laps to go, Laconi made his move on Haga into turn two, relegating Haga to fourth.
With the last spot on the podium being settled by Haga and Laconi, the front two riders were able to focus on opening up a gap. Their work did not go unrewarded, as the two riders had a ten second gap to third place.
With two laps to go, the battles for first and second, and third and fourth heated up; Vermeulen began to show signs of tire wear and Laconi and Haga began to exchange positions. At the end, however, the race positions remained unaltered; Vermeulen, Toseland, Laconi, Haga and Chili were the top five finishers.
See also Vermeulen takes race one at Laguna Seca.
WSBK race 2 results:
1. Chris Vermeulen
2. James Toseland
3. Regis Laconi
4. Noriyuki Haga
5. Pier-Francesco Chili
6. Steve Martin
7. Garry McCoy
8. Marco Borciani
9. Mauro Sanchini
10. Ivan Clementi