Laverty wins race two as Biaggi nears Superbike title

Eugene Laverty picked up his first victory of the season in World Superbike race two in Portimao but the big winner was his teammate Max Biaggi in third.

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Eugene Laverty 2012

Biaggi now holds a 30.5 points lead at the top of the overall standings going into the final week after his two main rivals Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri suffered misfortune.

Sykes, who won the first race of the day, was forced to retire with technical issues while Melandri did not even start the race after hurting himself in the opening race.

Biaggi will now be the roasting hot favourite to claim his second World Superbike title when the riders compete in Magny-Cours in two weeks time.

Biaggi's Aprilia team-mate Laverty won the race as he held off a strong final lap from Jonathan Rea.

Sylvain Guintoli was able to finish fourth behind Biaggi after a final lap retirement from Leon Camier.

Chaz Davies also experienced some bad luck as he was forced to retire while in second when he crashed on lap four.


1 E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)

2 J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team) +0.162

3 M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team) +3.766

4 S. GUINTOLI (PATA Racing Team) +10.440

5 C. CHECA (Althea Racing) +20.153

6 A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) +23.152

7 L. BAZ FRA (Kawasaki Racing Team) +27.314

8 M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) +35.682

9 B. MCCORMICK (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) +35.766

10 L. LANZI (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) +38.311

11 J. HOPKINS (USA FIXI Crescent) +47.814

12 L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team) +57.359

13 D. SALOM (Team Pedercini) +1'11.035

14 A. LUNDH (Team Pedercini) +1'28.197

15 N. BRIGNOLA ( Grillini Progea Superbike Team) +1'42.589

Points (after 13 of 14 rounds): 1. Biaggi 347; 2. Sykes 316,5; 3. Melandri 308.5; 4. Checa 278.5; 5. Rea 255.5; 6. Laverty 241.5; 7. Haslam 189; 8. Guintoli 172.5; 9. Davies 156.5; 10. Fabrizio 133.5; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 422.5; 2. BMW 394; 3. Ducati 375; 4. Kawasaki 356.5; 5. Honda 270.5; 6. Suzuki 130.5.

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