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WSB Qatar Race Results and Report - February 26th 2005


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    After leading pre-season testing and most of qualifying, Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki riders Tory Corser and Yukio Kagayama took a race win each, the first time Suzuki pilots have headed both podiums in World Superbike. With a second place and win to his credit, class new boy Kagayama leads the championship with an almost immaculate 45 points, from his team-mate Corser, who secured a win and a third place. Xerox Ducati rider Regis Laconi, with a third and a second place, earned third overall, with 36 points to Corser's 41.

    Race One: The return of the rains, which have uncharacteristically appeared in these past few days, cause the first race to be held in two parts. With ten laps completed, the rain brought out the red flags, to stop the contest on safety grounds. With the race one fight now determined on aggregate time, clear first section leader Troy Corser only had to keep a safe gap behind second section leader Yukio Kagayama to take the win. Kagayama was aggregate second, with Ducati rider, Regis Laconi, third.

    Race Two: Top Three: In a dry race two, Kagayama and Corser had a tough race in the early laps, but as time wore on Kagayama extended a lead to finish ahead of Laconi by over two seconds. Corser, on a different choice of a harder rear Pirelli tyre than the other top runners, was third. A huge fight for fourth place, which featured eight riders at one stage, went the way of Honda rider Chris Vermeulen (Winston Ten Kate), making him the best Honda finisher on the first day of the new season.

    Motor France IPONE runner and front row qualifier Sebastien Gimbert left the Losail circuit with the new lap record to his credit, 2"01.852. Being knocked off by another rider in race one, and experiencing a slipping clutch in race two, held his results down, however, to a solitary tenth. Top Yamaha riders thus proved to be Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia) in fourth place in race one and his team mate Noriyuki Haga, one place behind in the interrupted opener.

    World Champion James Toseland (Xerox Ducati) had to fight hard for a pair of sixth places, experiencing many set-up problems on his machine. In race two he could not quite re-pass Pierfrancesco Chili (Klaffi Honda) for fifth place, and had his work cut out to fend off SBK new boy Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France IPONE) and outstanding class debutant, Max Neukirchner (Klaffi Honda), who was to finish an eventual eighth after being fifth for long periods of the contest.

    With a host of riders only taking one finish, due to a rash of crashes and some unexpected mechanical gremlins (Chili was a retirement on the warm up lap in race one, for example), the championship table from ninth place features some riders many expected to shine after their qualifying showings. Jose Luis Cardoso (DFX Sterilgarda Yamaha) had an electrical contact problem stop his R1 on the warm up of race one, while a crash in race two, with another Yamaha rider, put him out of contention. A clash between Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) and Chris Walker (PSG-1 Kawasaki) saw each man out of race two, underlining a harsh weekend for Muggeridge and robbing both he and Walker of a good finish. Wildcard Spaniard Ivan Silva Albertola (La Glisse Yamaha) had an engine problem which sidelined him from race two, after an excellent ride in race one, taking seventh place ahead of some big SBK talents. Ben Bostrom (Renegade Honda Koji) just missed out on a point in race one, and retired shortly before the start of race two, with a mechanical problem.

    WSB Qatar Race One Result:

  1. 1 - Troy Corser - Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra - 37'10.394
  2. 2 - Yukio Kagayama - Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra - 37'13.459
  3. 3 - Régis Laconi - Ducati Xerox - 37'13.890
  4. 4 - Andrew Pitt - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB - 37'25.108
  5. 5 - Noriyuki Haga - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB - 37'30.694
  6. 6 - James Toseland - Ducati Xerox - 37'30.956
  7. 7 - Ivan Silva - La Glisse - 37'32.425
  8. 8 - Chris Vermeulen - Winston Ten Kate Honda - 37'32.582
  9. 9 - Karl Muggeridge- Winston Ten Kate Honda - 37'37.323
  10. 10 - Norick Abe - Yamaha Motor France-Ipone - 37'37.625
  11. 11 - Giovanni Bussei - Kawasaki Bertocchi - 37'49.389
  12. 12 - Marco Borciani - DFXtreme Sterilgarda - 37'52.602
  13. 13 - Fonsi Nieto - Ducati SC Caracchi - 37'53.888
  14. 14 - Chris Walker - PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse - 37'55.288
  15. 15 - Steve Martin - Foggy Petronas Racing - 38'00.067
  16. 16 - Ben Bostrom - Renegade Koji - 38'04.278
  17. 17 - Garry McCoy - Foggy Petronas Racing - 38'11.952
  18. 18 - Mauro Sanchini - PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse - 38'14.422
  19. 19 - Gianluca Vizziello - Italia Lorenzini by Leoni - 38'16.279
  20. 20 - Miguel Praia - DFXtreme Sterilgarda - 38'38.136
  21. WSB Qatar Race Two Result;

  22. 1 - Yukio Kagayama - Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra - 37'00.062
  23. 2 - Régis Laconi - Ducati Xerox - 37'02.516
  24. 3 - Troy Corser - Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra - 37'06.021
  25. 4 - Chris Vermeulen - Winston Ten Kate Honda - 37'07.307
  26. 5 - Pierfrancesco Chili - Klaffi Honda - 37'08.662
  27. 6 - James Toseland - Ducati Xerox - 37'08.663
  28. 7 - Norick Abe - Yamaha Motor France-Ipone - 37'09.793
  29. 8 - Max Neukirchner - Klaffi Honda - 37'11.563
  30. 9 - Andrew Pitt - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB - 37'11.852
  31. 10 - Sebastien Gimbert - Yamaha Motor France-Ipone - 37'11.870
  32. 11 - Noriyuki Haga - Yamaha Motor Italia WSB - 37'21.426
  33. 12 - Lorenzo Lanzi - Ducati SC Caracchi - 37'25.937
  34. 13 - Fonsi Nieto - Ducati SC Caracchi - 37'34.146
  35. 14 - Giovanni Bussei - Kawasaki Bertocchi - 37'34.181
  36. 15 - Mauro Sanchini - PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse - 37'47.508
  37. 16 - Garry McCoy - Foggy Petronas Racing - 37'48.709
  38. 17 - Gianluca Vizziello - Italia Lorenzini by Leoni - 38'04.057
  39. 18 - Miguel Praia - DFXtreme Sterilgarda - 38'05.284
  40. Championship Points After Race One:

  41. 1 - Y. Kagayama - 45
  42. 2 - T. Corser - 41
  43. 3 - R. Laconi - 36
  44. 4 - C. Vermeulen - 21
  45. 5 - A. Pitt - 20
  46. 6 - J. Toseland - 20
  47. 7 - N. Haga - 16
  48. 8 - N. Abe - 15
  49. 9 - P. Chili - 11
  50. 10 - I. Silva - 9
  51. 11 - M. Neukirchner - 8
  52. 12 - K. Muggeridge - 7
  53. 13 - G. Bussei - 7
  54. 14 - S. Gimbert - 6
  55. 15 - F. Nieto - 6
  56. 16 - L. Lanzi - 4
  57. 17 - M. Borciani - 4
  58. 18 - C. Walker - 2
  59. 19 - M. Sanchini - 1
  60. 20 - S. Martin - 1
  61. Manufacturers Standings;

  62. 1 - Suzuki - 50
  63. 2 - Ducati - 36
  64. 3 - Yamaha - 22
  65. 4 - Honda - 21
  66. 5 - Kawasaki - 7
  67. 6 - Petronas - 1
  68. The second round of both championships takes place at Phillip Island, on April 3, but this race is preceded by an official SBK test at Valencia, Spain, on 12th and 13th March.