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Spies, Haga win

AMERICAN Ben Spies prevented a two-race sweep by Japanese rider Noriyuki Haga, winning the second race on the opening weekend of the Superbike World Championship season at Phillip Island, Australia. Haga, riding a Ducati, won the first race in 34 minutes, 22.631 seconds, just .032 seconds ahead of Max Neukirchner of Germany on a Suzuki.

Yukio Kagayama of Japan, on a Suzuki, was third, 5.347 seconds behind Haga. Spies won the second race in 34:20.457 on a Honda, holding off Haga by 1.286 seconds. Leon Haslam of Britain was third on a Honda, 4.213 seconds behind. The results put Haga top of the championship standings with 45 points.


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