Ready for the Clash of the Titans this weekend in Portugal ?
Last round of the World Superbike, the fabulous route of Portimao (Portugal) will serve as justice of the peace this weekend in the archi duel between the young American Ben Spies and the experienced Japanese Noriyuki Haga… Ready for the final ?
Sacred weekend in perspective for motorsport fans: between the penultimate MotoGP race in Malaysia and the ultimate Superbike performance in Portugal, the most assiduous will absolutely have to decline the traditional Sunday "leg of beans" beautifully. -mom and not to leave their sofa on Sunday !
And if in MotoGP Jorge Lorenzo still has a small chance of pushing back the coronation of Valentino Rossi (the two teammates being separated by 38 points, the No. 46 must absolutely finish in the top 4 in Malaysia to win his ninth crown), the WSBK event in Portimao will necessarily consecrate the first world title of Ben Spies or Noriyuki Haga !
Currently separated by 10 points to the advantage of Haga (read), the two star protagonists of the Superbike category are therefore moving towards an outcome filled with intensity and pressure: who of the American or the Japanese will be able to mix – at the right dose! – the big attack and the management of the title ?
Logical favorite for the title due to his lead in the championship and his experience, Noriyuki Haga must absolutely confirm his recent return to form and win in front of the Yamaha rider at least once: if he finishes both races in second position. behind the n ° 19, the two pilots would accumulate the same number of points (476) and the title would fail at Spies due to his greater number of victories this season (13 against 8 for Haga) !
"The weekend in Portimao did not go well last year, I was not very lucky", recalls # 41."This year, I am in a much better position and everything will be decided on this last meeting … My strategy will be the same as usual: I will aim for victory and give the maximum! I finished second or third in the last five world championships, all I need now is the title … I hope to win it this weekend !"
Especially since the Japanese don’t really have the right to make mistakes since they pilot the reigning world champion machine (the Ducati F09) in the most capped team in the history of Superbike. Did you say pressure? But in his race for the title, Noriyuki Haga still has a definite advantage over the American: Michel Fabrizio !
Teammate of Haga and a time claiming to the crown, the Italian shows good speed in the race and has ample potential to fit between Haga and Spies if necessary. !
The only rider to have made the Yamaha shine this season (and in what way!), Ben Spies can count on no one other than him to win the cup … He will therefore put all his usual ardor in this last duel. pitting against Haga and Fabrizio … but perhaps also against Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and Jonathan Rea (Honda), two other serious clients to victory on Portuguese soil !
"I can’t wait to get to the circuit and get ready for Sunday’s races", confides the young Texan."We fought hard throughout the year for the win and for a rookie on a new bike I think we did pretty well. My goal is to win both races on Sunday", warns Ben Spies, whose MotoGP debut is planned for the Valencia GP (read)…
On the French side, Matthieu Lagrive will continue his promising adaptation on the CBR1000RR of the Honda Althea team, while a new tricolor will appear in the WSBK: just promoted to the Alstare team in 2010 (read), Sylvain Guintoli will replace Max Neurkirchner in Portimao … Roll on Sunday !
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