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Thrills and spills at the motor park

By DAISY SAMPSON [email protected]

More than 77,000 spectators came to the Algarve Motor Park last weekend to enjoy the Portimão stage of the 2010 Superbike World Championship race and watch Italian rider Max Biaggi take the top spot on the podium after winning both races on the Sunday (March 28).

In the first Superbike race on Sunday, Max Biaggi, riding an Aprilia RSV4 1000F narrowly beat Leon Haslam on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 by 0.2 seconds after a drawn out battle around the challenging circuit with Jonathan Rea on the Honda CBR 1000RR finishing in third.

The second Superbike race saw four riders fighting it out for pole position but, once again, Max Biaggi came out on top with Leon Haslam having to settle for second place for the second time during the day. Cal Crutchlow finished third and it was Carlos Checa of Spain on his Ducati 1098R who finished in fourth position.

Although Max Biaggi was the king of the circuit in the Algarve, his wins did not change the overall standings in the championship where Leon Haslam remains ahead with 85 points followed by Max Biaggi with 69 points.

When it came to the Supersport races, all eyes were on the home team of Parkalgar Honda and hopes were high as Eugene Laverty started out in pole position. However, the home crowd were left disappointed as Eugene Laverty, who had led for much of the race, crashed out on lap four and, although he returned to the track, was unable to regain his position.

His Portuguese team mate, Miguel Praia fared little better and was forced to retire from the race after his Honda lost power.

The winner of the Supersport race was Kenan Sofuoglu on the Honda CBR 600RR, who leads the Supersport Championship with 41 points, while Eugene Laverty is in third with 30 points.

“This was only the second race of the Supersport championships and there is still a long way to go.  Our goal remains the same: to win the world title and we know we have a winning formula,” said Eugene Laverty.

The next Superbike World Championship race will be held in Valencia between April 9 and 11.