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    Checa on provisional pole, Laverty on front row


    About time.....:) the first race of the season kicks off this weekend at Phillip Island, looks like its going to be another cracking year of WSB.......:cool:


    By Michael Guy - MCN
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    25 February 2011 07:09

    Carlos Checa maintained his relentless pressure on his WSB rivals by setting the pace yet again in the first qualifying session at Phillip Island.
    The in-form Spaniard made his pace setting 1m 31.577s lap look effortless onboard his Althea Ducati and with similar race pace he remains the odds on favourite for victory on Sunday.
    The only consolation for his rivals is that they are at least getting closer with Sylvan Guintoli, Eugene Laverty, Max Biaggi and Jacob Smrz all finishing within 0.5s of the provisional pole time.
    Guintoli continued to show his strong affiliation with the Phillip Island circuit and shook off the effects of a heavy crash this morning to post the second fastest time onboard his Liberty Ducati.
    Irishman Eugene Laverty continued to impress in third place with a 1m31.969 best.
    Speaking to MCN, he said: “I’m pretty happy with that. I wanted to get into the 31’s because I’m confident that whatever happens that will be good enough to keep me in the top 16 and get me into Superpole tomorrow. This means I can concentrate on race set-up in the two sessions tomorrow.

    “Going for a quick lap you really do ride differently and you use the tyre so much more. Instead of sitting the bike up to save the tyre you really get the power down when you’re lent over. It’s fun to ride like that but within two laps the tyre is destroyed.”
    Leon Haslam pushed hard to secure sixth place with a battered Jonathan Rea in ninth, Tom Sykes 13th with James Toseland 15th and Leon Camier in 16th.


    1 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'31.577

    2 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'31.850

    3 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'31.969

    4 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'32.009

    5 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'32.066

    6 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'32.082

    7 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'32.108

    8 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.163

    9 4 J. REA GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'32.424

    10 12 J. WATERS AUS Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'32.690

    11 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'32.699

    12 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'32.700

    13 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.705

    14 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'33.058

    15 52 J. TOSELAND GBR BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'33.074

    16 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'33.084

    17 67 B. STARING AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.130

    18 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'33.176

    19 111 R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.411

    20 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'33.598

    21 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.788

    22 44 R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.864
     

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  2. Koray Can

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    Nice pace by newcomer Laverty.

    Damn, I hate the offseason.
     
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    Keep an eye on him this year i think hes gona be up there fighting for the championship :)
     
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    Checa from Biaggi, Haslam secures front row start in Superpole

    By Michael Guy - MCN
    World Superbikes
    26 February 2011 05:55

    Carlos Checa retained his stranglehold of the Phillip Island WSB round by securing pole position for the two 22 lap races tomorrow. The Althea Ducati rider has led every single session of testing, practice and qualifying and also set a new circuit best lap of the Australian circuit in the process.
    Checa’s closest rival continues to be world champion Max Biaggi who pushed the Spaniard all the way and was the only other man to dip into the 1m 30s bracket.
    Sylvan Guintoli was another man on a charge, securing third place ahead of Brit Leon Haslam onboard the factory BMW.
    Eugene Laverty did an incredible job in his first ever Superpole and will start at the head of the second row in fifth place. Alongside him will be Jacob Smrz (Ducati) Troy Corser (BMW) and Marco Melandri (Yamaha) who should be satisfied with a second row start in his first Superpole and experience with Pirelli qualifiers.
    Tom Sykes looked set to secure a place ion the second row but dropped to tenth. He will be joined on the third row by Jonathan Rea who suffered a crash during Superpole two.
    James Toseland improved one place to secure 15th with Leon Camier in 17th after just missing out on Superpole.


    Front row rider quotes:
    Leon Haslam
    “After the test here I honestly wondered if we’d make it into the top 16 in qualifying so to get a place on the front row is a really good result. Since we arrived here Carlos has been awesome so he’ll be hard to catch. It’s a long race so it’s all a bit of an unknown, we’re still in the development process and a lot of it will be down to tyres. Last year I had a good result so hopefully we can do the same tomorrow.”

    Sylvan Guintoli
    “It’s looking good especially considering this is our first race for the team and this bike. I can do consistent lap times which makes the thought of the race very exciting. I’m loving riding the Ducati especially at this track. The v-twin is very different to the Suzuki from last year but it works really well through the high speed turns where you are really lent over. We lose out ion top speed but that is what will make it exciting. I’m going to be on the podium tomorrow.”

    Max Biaggi
    “I’m satisfied with this result. Each year we improve at this track and this result shows that the test we did here at the end of last year was worth it. The top speed of the bike is good and that’s down to my technicians at Aprilia because they clearly did a great job.”

    Carlos Checa
    “A lot will depend on the temperature, the track condition and the wind. The race is many laps and for sure the tyres will suffer so it will be important to keep them fresh for the end of the race. The speed of my bike is ok compared to most of the four cylinders but not the Aprilia. Max is 15kph faster than me so this will be difficult. The perfect solution for me is to lead into turn one and try to make a break, but I really do not know if this will be possible.”

    Phillip Island - SUPERBIKE - Superpole 3

    1. Carlos Checa1'30.882 (Althea Racing)
    2. Max  Biaggi1'30.895 (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team)
    3. Sylvain  Guintoli1'31.293 (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing)
    4. Leon Haslam1'31.429 (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)
    5. Eugene  Laverty1'31.858 (Yamaha World Superbike Team)
    6. Jakub  Smrz1'31.980 (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing)
    7. Troy Corser1'32.182 (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)
    8. Marco  Melandri1'32.662 (Yamaha World Superbike Team)
    9. Michel Fabrizio1'32.153 (Team Suzuki Alstare)
    10. Tom  Sykes1'32.204 (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike)
    11. Joshua  Waters1'32.240 (Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team)
    12. Jonathan Rea1'32.708 (Castrol Honda)
    13. Joan Lascorz1'32.346 (Kawasaki Racing Team)
    14. Noriyuki  Haga1'32.391 (PATA Racing Team Aprilia)
    15. James  Toseland1'32.547 (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team)
    16. Ruben Xaus1'32.788 (Castrol Honda)
    17. Leon  Camier1'32.847 (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team)
    18. Bryan Staring1'32.883 (Team Pedercini)
    19. Maxime Berger1'33.079 (Supersonic Racing Team)
    20. Ayrton  Badovini1'33.161 (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team)
    21. Roberto Rolfo1'33.286 (Team Pedercini)
    22. Mark Aitchison1'33.413 (Team Pedercini)
     

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    Hell yeah, super pace by Laverty, really nice first qually session.. I'm so happy that the Motorsport season is back!!
     
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    Phillip Island WSB: Checa takes race one victory

    By Liam Marsden -MCN
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    27 February 2011 09:05

    Althea Ducati rider Carlos Checa continued his dominance at Phillip Island with a commanding victory in the first race of 2011.
    Eugene Laverty got the jump from the lights and led the race for the first few laps before the veteran Checa retook the lead, stretching it out to four seconds before the end of the race.
    Reigning champion Max Biaggi rode a similarly lonely race to finish second after passing Eugene Laverty shortly after Checa.
    Brit Leon Haslam took the last step on the podium, managing to hold off Yamaha duo Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri in a sprint to the finish line.
    Jonathan Rea was running well in the top six despite his injuries, but finished 12th after running off midway through the race.

    1. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 34mins 16.503s
    2. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 +4.365s
    3. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR +10.719s
    4. Eugene Laverty IRL Yamaha WSBK YZF R1 +11.266s
    5. Marco Melandri ITA Yamaha WSBK YZF R1 +11.293s
    6. Michel Fabrizio ITA Suzuki Alstare GSX-R1000 +12.039s
    7. Jakub Smrz CZE Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +20.294s
    8. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki RTS ZX-10R +20.742s
    9. Noriyuki Haga JPN PATA Aprilia RSV-4 +22.421s
    10. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad S1000RR +25.822s
    11. Roberto Rolfo ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +29.270s
    12. Jonathan Rea GBR Castrol Honda CBR1000RR +31.059s
    13. Leon Camier GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 +31.721s
    14. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia S1000RR +36.389s
    15. Bryan Staring AUS Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +36.470s
    16. Ruben Xaus ESP Castrol Honda CBR1000RR +41.928s
    17. James Toseland GBR BMW Italia S1000RR +55.239s
    18. Josh Waters AUS Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 +1min 00.312s
    19. Mark Aitchison AUS Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1min 00.316s
    20. Maxime Berger FRA Supersonic Ducati 1098R +1min 30.125s
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    21. Joan Lascorz ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 13 laps completed
    22. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R 6 laps completed
     
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    Phillip Island WSB: Checa does the double

    By Liam Marsden -MCN
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    27 February 2011 09:46

    Carlos Checa rounded off a perfect weekend at Phillip Island with victory in race two to take home a maximum of 50 points and the World championship lead.
    Nobody was able to keep pace with Checa once he took the lead a few laps in, and he soon pulled away from the chasing pack.
    Max Biaggi again finished second, after a long battle with former MotoGP rival Marco Melandri, who went on to finish third.
    A trio of Brits rounded out the top six, with Jonathan Rea finishing fourth, and Leon Haslam and Leon Camier fifth and sixth respectively.
    Eugene Laverty was running in fifth place when he ran off track, eventually finishing 15th.
     

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  8. Koray Can

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    Melandri & the BMWs looked competitive. It could be a great year.
     
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    Yea Marco M. really looked like he was fitting in to SBK scene happily there,i expected more from Kawasaki after the end of season hype last year about the 2011 "killer machine",maybe more to come from them,but for me the most enjoyment of the weekend was in WSS watching new arrival,current BSS champ SaAaAAam Lowes!!!!!!,i think the rest of the front contenders in that division certainly know hes arrived now :D.

    Cheers Jay
     
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    hope the BMWs can fight this year for the championship

    i think it will be a great season :)
     
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    Biaggi on top in Q1

    Round two of WSB and WSS this weekend at Donington...come on the brits.......:cool:


    By MCN -
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    25 March 2011 17:00

    Reigning world champion Max Biaggi set the fastest time during the first qualifying session at the MCN-backed WSB round at Donington Park today.
    The veteran posted a time of 1'28.794 to better his fellow countryman Marco Melandri. Current championship leader Carlos Checa posted the third fastest time onboard the Althea Ducati.

    Eugene Laverty was the highest placed Brit in fourth - a major improvement on this morning's free practice, which saw the Yamaha rider languishing down in 12th.

    Local boy Leon Haslam could only manage the sixth fastest time before a technical issue forced him to retire mid way through the session. Despite posting the third fastest time this morning, Castrol Honda rider Jonathan Rea could only manage to post the 16th fastest time during qualifying.

    1. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 1min 28.794s
    2. Marco Melandri ITA Yamaha WSBK YZF R1 1min 28.841s
    3. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 1min 29.194s
    4. Eugene Laverty IRL Yamaha WSBK YZF R1 1min 29.379s
    5. Jakub Smrz CZE Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R 1min 29.397s
    6. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1min 29.472s
    7. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1min 29.476s
    8. Ruben Xaus ESP Castrol Honda CBR1000RR 1min 29.613s
    9. Joan Lascorz ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1min 29.637s
    10. Leon Camier GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 1min 29.639s
    11. Noriyuki Haga JPN PATA Aprilia RSV-4 1min 29.814s
    12. Maxime Berger FRA Supersonic Ducati 1098R 1min 29.851s
    13. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki RTS ZX-10R 1min 29.860s
    14. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R 1min 30.008s
    15. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia S1000RR 1min 30.169s
    16. Jonathan Rea GBR Castrol Honda CBR1000RR 1min 30.348s
    17. Michel Fabrizio ITA Suzuki Alstare GSX-R1000 1min 30.383s
    18. Roberto Rolfo ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1min 30.680s
    19. Mark Aitchison AUS Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1min 31.117s
    20. Chris Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki RTS ZX-10R 1min 31.485s
     

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    Checa takes pole

    By Liam Marsden -MCN
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    26 March 2011 15:49


    Championship leader Carlos Checa will start from pole position tomorrow at the MCN-backed Donington Park WSB round.

    Checa dominated the final two sessions of superpole, and set pole with a fastest lap of 1'28.099 in the final session. By far the fastest lap of the weekend from any rider.

    Brit Leon Haslam starts from second on the grid ahead of fellow Brit Tom Sykes onboard the Kawasaki.

    Smrz qualified fourth with Noriyuki Haga in fifth - beating the factory Aprilias of Max Biaggi and Leon Camier in sixth and seventh respectively.

    Castrol Honda rider Jonathan Rea will start from eighth on the grid, ahead of Marco Melandri in ninth, who despite running at the front of every free practice and qualifying session was unable to set a fast lap during superpole.

    Eugene Laverty will start from 13th on the grid after a big crash at Craner curves within the first minute of the first sesson destroyed his number one bike. Despite going back out on his number two bike he was unable to break in to the top 12.

    1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'28.099
    2. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'28.365
    3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.556
    4. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'28.561
    5. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'28.673
    6. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'28.702
    7. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'28.737
    8. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'29.514
    9. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'28.803
    10. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'28.836
    11. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'29.135
    12. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.422
    13. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'29.312
    14. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'29.879
    15. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'30.002
    16. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'30.076
    17. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'30.169
    18. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.680
    19. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.117
    20. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.48
     

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    Brilliant first race; a worthy winner, surprise second place getter and a third place to a rider who overcame from a poor start (and possible tyre choice). Only spoiler I'll post is that Biaggi continued his "mad as a Hatter" routine of Saturday & was lucky to remain in one piece.

    Maxime Berger may also be counting his lucky stars...in all the years I've been watching bike racing (since the mid 1980's), I've never seen a single sided swingarm mounted rear rim/tyre break off until race one of the Superbikes.
     
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    Ive only ever seen that happen once before, i think it was Robert Dunlop at the isle of man many years ago when his rear wheel collapsed and he got injured pretty bad. I just hope the manufactor of the wheels looks into it and find out what happened......:confused:

    That Biaggi makes me laugh a complete loony......:rolleyes:


    By Michael Guy - MCN
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    27 March 2011 08:59


    Max Biaggi was fined 3000 euro for an altercation in pit lane after Superpole 3 which resulted in the World Champion slapping Marco Melandri.
    The incident was the result of their antics on track during Superpole 2 where Melandri had to abort a flying lap after encountering Biaggi who was cruising on the racing line.

    After a bout of arm waving the two men remained together with Biaggi leading into Melbourne loop when Melandri dived under his fellow countryman, sat him up and forced him wide.


     
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    Melandri takes first WSB win

    By Liam Marsden -MCN
    World Superbikes
    27 March 2011 12:35


    Factory Yamaha rider Marco Melandri has taken his first win in WSB in the first race at the MCN-backed Donington WSB round.
    Melandri was ninth after the first lap and had to battle past Biaggi and the rest of the front runners to catch the leader.

    Leon Haslam took the holeshot into the first corner and opened up a gap on then second place man Leon Camier, but was unable to hold off Jakub Smrz , who stormed up the inside of Haslam at Scwantz on the sixth lap.

    From there Smrz opened up a gap of 2.6 seconds on Haslam, before Melandri moved in to second place and set his sights on Smrz and first place.

    Melandri closed the gap within five laps, and passed the Czech rider going in to the revamped Foggy Esses. From there the Italian opened up a gap of 2.4 seconds to ease to victory.

    Carlos Checa, who was mid pack in the early stages of the race, managed to finish third, after passing Haslam at the Melbourne Loop on the last lap.

    Tom Sykes was close to a podium for the amjority of the race, circulating in fourth, before he lowsided at the Foggy Esses on lap 17, his bike nearly colliding with the riders behind him.

    Despite finishing seventh, Biaggi was in the thick of the action for the majority of the race, battling with Melandri in the early stages of the race, and Nori Haga and Jonathan Rea, before outbraking himself and having to ride through the gravel at the Esses on lap 19.

    Eugene Laverty's disappointing weekend continued after he crashed at Goddard's on only the third lap and was unable to finish the race.

    1. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 34'33.189
    2. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'35.644
    3. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'39.028
    4. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 34'39.365
    5. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 34'42.228
    6. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'42.404
    7. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'43.149
    8. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'48.049
    9. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 34'48.066
    10. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'49.371
    11. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'59.009
    12. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 35'01.567
    13. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 35'05.058
    14. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35'13.204
    15. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35'33.317
    RT. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 25'35.167
    RT. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 24'17.861
    RT. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 7'43.215
    RT. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 4'37.934
     

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    Checa dominates race two

    By Liam Marsden -MCN
    World Superbikes
    27 March 2011 16:04


    Carlos Checa extended his championship lead with a dominating victory in the second MCN-backed WSB race at Donington Park.
    Brit Leon Haslam again got to Redgate corner first, but was unable to stop Checa's charge to the front as he overtook the BMW rider at the Melbourne loop on the third lap.

    Haslam was unable to respond and Checa slowly pulled away from the chasing pack to eventually finish 3.3 seconds ahead of Marco Melandri in second. Melandri and Camier both passed Haslam on lap seven, before the BMW rider had an off-track excursion on lap eight, rejoining the race in eighth. Haslam fiished in fourth.

    Melandri got a better start this time, placing fourth after the first few laps before setting his sights on Haslam and Leon Camier in second and third.

    After Haslam's mistake, Melandri and Camier were left to battle for second, with the pair swapping position several times before the finish.

    Reigning champion Max Biaggi jumped the start and was forced to retire on lap nine after he was shown the black flag.

    1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'21.537
    2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 34'24.934
    3. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'27.439
    4. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 34'35.379
    5. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'35.790
    6. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 34'40.950
    7. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 34'41.815
    8. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'42.697
    9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 34'45.835
    10. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 34'46.444
    11. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'53.977
    12. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'54.216
    13. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 34'55.607
    14. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 34'57.955
    15. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35'05.574
    16. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35'13.949
    17. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 35'18.171
    RT. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'41.588
    EX. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 13'50.189
     

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    Smrz rules practice, Sykes top placed Brit

    By Michael Guy -MCN
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    15 April 2011 18:06

    Jakub Smrz stole the show in the opening qualifying session for the third round of the World Superbike Championship at Assen by securing provisional pole position on his Effenbert Ducati.
    The Czech rider set a 1.36.058 to hold of a resurgent Max Biaggi onboard the Alitalia Aprilia. Biaggi was a contended throughout the hour long session and ended the day ahead of arch rival Marco Melandri and fellow Roman Michel Fabrizio.
    Tom Sykes was the highest placed British rider onboard his factory Kawasaki in fifth. The 25 year old used the softer ‘A’ tyre to good effect and improved his lap time by over one second.
    It was a solid day for BMW men Troy Corser and Leon Haslam in sixth and seventh respectively with Yamaha man Eugene Laverty in eighth.
    The biggest surprise of the day was the lack of pace from last years double race winner Jonathan Rea who ended the day in ninth. Rea didn’t use the soft tyre but is struggling with grip and feeling in two areas of the track.


    1.  Jakub SmrzDucati (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) 1'36.058 1098R
    2.  Max BiaggiAprilia RSV4 (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 1'36.287 Factory
    3.  Marco MelandriYamaha YZF (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 1'36.494 R1
    4.  Michel FabrizioSuzuki (Team Suzuki Alstare) 1'36.550 GSX-R1000
    5.  Tom SykesKawasaki (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) 1'36.747 ZX-10R
    6.  Troy CorserBMW S1000 (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1'36.876 RR
    7.  Leon HaslamBMW S1000 (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1'36.989 RR
    8.  Eugene LavertyYamaha YZF (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 1'37.024 R1
    9.  Jonathan ReaHonda (Castrol Honda) 1'37.063 CBR1000RR
    10.  Noriyuki HagaAprilia RSV4 (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) 1'37.106 Factory
    11.  Carlos ChecaDucati (Althea Racing) 1'37.114 1098R
    12.  Joan LascorzKawasaki (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1'37.364 ZX-10R
    13.  Leon CamierAprilia (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 1'37.373 RSV4 Factory
    14.  Ruben XausHonda (Castrol Honda) 1'37.424 CBR1000RR
    15.  Ayrton BadoviniBMW (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) 1'37.613 S1000 RR
    16.  Barry VenemanBMW S1000 (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) 1'37.716 RR
    17.  Maxime BergerDucati (Supersonic Racing Team) 1'37.853 1098R
    18. Sylvain Guintoli1'37.899 Ducati 1098R (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing)
    19.  Chris VermeulenKawasaki (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1'38.452 ZX-10R
    20.  Roberto Rolfo Kawasaki (Team Pedercini) 1'38.487 ZX-10R
    21.  Mark AitchisonKawasaki (Team Pedercini) 1'38.713 ZX-10R
     
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    Carlos Checa on pole

    By Liam Marsden -MCN
    World Superbikes
    16 April 2011 15:01

    World Superbike championship leader Carlos Checa has continued his dominance of the 2011 season by taking his third successive pole position at Assen today.
    Checa set pole with a fastest lap of 1'35.292 ahead of Jakub Smrz and factory Yamaha rider Eugene Laverty in third. Pata Aprilia rider Noriyuki Haga completes the front row in fourth.
    Despite setting the fastest time in qualifying, Jonathan Rea was unable to match the blistering pace of Checa in the final superpole session and starts the race tomorrow at the head of the second row in fifth.
    Reigning world champion Max Biaggi starts from sixth, with Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri completing the second row.
    Leon Camier just missed out on the final superpole session, he starts from ninth ahead of Troy Corser, Joan Lascorz and, surprisingly, Leon Haslam down in 12th.


    1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'35.292
    2. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'35.560
    3. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.580
    4. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.920
    5. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.138
    6. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.302
    7. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.351
    8. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.036
    9. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.903
    10. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'35.954
    11. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.983
    12. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'36.089
    13. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.148
    14. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.260
    15. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'36.361
    16. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'36.920
    17. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'37.272
    18. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.501
    19. Barry Veneman (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'37.569
    20. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.676
    21. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.794
     
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    Watch out for Marco melandri tomorrow i think he will win a race
     
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    Jonathan Rea takes race one win

    By Liam Marsden -MCN
    World Superbikes
    17 April 2011 11:36

    Castrol Honda rider Jonathan Rea has continued his good from at the Assen circuit with a victory in the first race of the day.
    It looked as though Carlos Checa would dominate the race from the front after getting a good start and pulling away slightly from the rest of the field.
    But Jonathan Rea and Max Biaggi both blasted passed the championship leader before stretching out a lead on the chasing pack. Carlos Checa made sure to keep his 100% podium record of 2011 with third place.
    Despite a couple of passes from Biaggi, Rea was able to re-take the lead and hold off Max Biaggi to the flag to record his first win of the 2011 season.
    It looked as though it would be another great race for the Brits - early in the race Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes were both batting for podium positions, but both riders faded around half way through.
    Laverty finished seventh, while Kawasaki's Tom Sykes was the last placed finisher in 14th.
    Leon Haslam's disappointing weekend continued after the Brit crashed on the third lap, he remounted and managed to finish 12th.
    Leon Camier had similar fortunes as he had to wheel his factory Aprilia to the side of the track from the grid. Camier managed to get his bike started and get out on track but he eventually retired.


    1. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 35'46.486
    2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 35'47.225
    3. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 35'50.058
    4. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 35'55.994
    5. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 35'56.378
    6. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 35'57.606
    7. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 36'01.721
    8. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 36'16.567
    9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 36'18.557
    10. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 36'21.486
    11. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 36'29.773
    12. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 36'31.775
    13. Barry Veneman (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 36'31.784
    14. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 36'37.250
    RT. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 29'26.185
    RT. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 29'26.621
    RT. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 28'48.258
    RT. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 16'56.882
    RT. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 13'28.961
    RT. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 10'50.393
    RT. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 5'04.247