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  1. Jay Adgie

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    Carlos Checa takes race two victory

    By Liam Marsden -MCN
    World Superbikes
    17 April 2011 15:23

    Championship leader Carlos Checa has won the second superbike race at Assen to continue his excellent start to the 2011 WSB season.
    The Spaniard led for the majority of the race after choosing a softer compound tyre for the second race. Second place finisher Max Biaggi, on hard compound tyres, stayed with Checa for the entirety of the race and started to close the gap in the latter stages of the race as Checa's softer tyres became more worn.
    With three laps to go Biaggi passed Checa, and it looked as if he was on course for his first win of 2011, with Checa's Ducati struggling for grip.
    Checa had other ideas though, and passed Biaggi on the brakes into the final chicane on the penutimate lap, forcing the Italian to sit up and settle for second.
    Race one winner Jonathan Rea was unable to keep pace with the front runners, and had to settle for third place onboard the Castrol Honda. Marco Melandri was pressuring Jonathan Rea, but crashed on lap 15.
    Starting from ninth on the grid Leon Camier had a much better second race, fighting through the pack to finish fourth ahead of Leon Haslam and Eugene Laverty in fifth and sixth respectively.
    Early race leader Noriyuki Haga quickly went backwards once Checa and Biaggi got passed and eventually finished eighth.


    1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 35'38.693
    2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 35'39.217
    3. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 35'42.277
    4. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 35'44.606
    5. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 35'55.609
    6. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 35'56.068
    7. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 35'56.433
    8. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 35'57.022
    9. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 35'57.071
    10. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 35'57.097
    11. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 36'04.977
    12. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 36'05.746
    13. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 36'17.307
    14. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 36'19.517
    15. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 36'19.646
    16. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 36'19.675
    17. Barry Veneman (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 36'24.116
    18. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 36'45.657
    RT. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 25'56.759
    RT. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 11'29.069
     
  2. Ross Balfour

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    Race One was very exciting to watch, very close between 1st and then the battle for 5th aswell. Thought Race Two was quite uninteresting; not much overtaking for Superbike standard, good to see Jonny winning again; but Checa has one hand on the championship title already I think.
     
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    where can i download complete race videos...we don't get coverage in canada
     
  4. Isaac Chavira

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    I'm sure you'll find some on YouTube very soon.
     
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    Haslam storms to the front in Monza qualifying


    WOW 206.6 mph from Biaggi's Aprilia unreal.....:cool:


    By Michael Guy - MCN
    World Superbikes
    06 May 2011 16:02

    Leon Haslam stormed to the top of the timesheets onboard his BMW Motorrad S1000RR in qualifying at Monza today. The 27 year old Brit held first position for the majority of the session until Max Biaggi stole the top spot with four minutes to go. But with his final lap of the session, Haslam responded to Biaggi’s time to take provisional pole position by just 0.019s.
    Max Biaggi's impressive second fastest time was helped by the fact that he set the fastest ever top speed in WSB history during his best lap. The 39 year old Italian blasted down the long front straight at 332.5KPH or 206.6mph.
    Third place went to Eugene Laverty onboard the factory Yamaha who impressed once again with his raw speed since switching to WSB.
    BMW Motorrad Italia rider Ayrton Badovini was the surprise of the day qualifying his privateer bike in fourth place ahead of established stars Jonathan Rea, Noriyuki Haga and Marco Melandri.
    James Toseland posted 14 laps to finish in 19th place just two seconds off the pace, despite riding with a badly swollen and painful hand having only had the four pins removed from it less than one week ago.

    Monza - SUPERBIKE - Qualifying 1

    1.  Leon Haslam BMW S1000RR (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1'42.934
    2.  Max Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 1'42.953
    3.  Eugene Laverty Yamaha YZF R1 (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 1'43.265
    4.  Ayrton Badovini BMW S1000RR (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) 1'43.276 
    5.  Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR (Castrol Honda) 1'43.321
    6.  Noriyuki Haga Aprilia RSV4 Factory (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) 1'43.531
    7.  Marco Melandri Yamaha YZF R1 (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 1'43.588
    8.  Troy Corser BMW S1000RR (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1'43.640
    9.  Maxime Berger Ducati 1098R (Supersonic Racing Team) 1'43.679
    10. Leon Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 1'43.730
    11. Michel Fabrizio Suzuki GSX-R1000 (Team Suzuki Alstare) 1'43.762 
    12. Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) 1'43.850
    13. Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 1098R (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) 1'43.861
    14. Carlos Checa Ducati 1098R (Althea Racing) 1'44.071
    15. Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ZX-10R (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1'44.095
    16. Ruben Xaus Honda CBR1000RR (Castrol Honda) 1'44.232
    17. Jakub Smrz Ducati 1098R (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) 1'44.401
    18. Roberto Rolfo Kawasaki ZX-10R (Team Pedercini) 1'44.922
    19. James Toseland BMW S1000RR (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) 1'44.989 
    20. Mark Aitchison Kawasaki ZX-10R (Team Pedercini) 1'45.356
    21. Fabrizio Lai Honda CBR1000RR (Echo Sport Racing Company) 1'46.964

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    Biaggi smashes best lap record to secure pole

    By Michael Guy - MCN
    World Superbikes
    07 May 2011 17:08

    World Champion Max Biaggi annihilated his own best lap record of Monza to secure pole position for Sunday’s two 18 lap races. The factory Alitalia Aprilia rider led the final Superpole session comfortably before using his final qualifying tyre to set a new best lap and jump 0.648 seconds clear of his rivals.
    Biaggi’s pole position was the first of 2011 and only the third during his WSB career.
    Biaggi said: “I’m really happy, this is the first Italian race of the year and Monza is a track that always has a very special atmosphere. I was able to use the qualifying tyre in the right way, but this is one thing, the important thing is the two races tomorrow.”

    Second place went to Irishman Eugene Laverty who backed up his impressive weekend long pace to secure his place on the front row of the grid. The factory Yamaha rider has made ongoing changes to his R1 and now looks smooth and comfortable on the Superbike.
    Jonathan Rea stepped up to the mark in Superpole to secure his place on the front row and will be joined by a rejuvenated Troy Corser onboard the BMW.
    Marco Melandri did well to tame his lose Yamaha R1 to secure fifth spot ahead of hard charging Brit Leon Haslam, Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga.

    Championship leader Carlos Checa can expect a tough day at the office tomorrow after qualifying for the two races in 11th place and on the third row of the grid. He’ll be joined by Brit Leon Camier who was unable to match his impressive free practice pace during Superpole.
    Kawasaki men Joan Lascorz and Tom Sykes suffered a major setback for race day when neither men were able to qualify in the top 12 despite showing strong pace earlier in the day. As a result both riders will line-up on the fourth row alongside Jakub Smrz and Maxime Berger.
    James Toseland will not race tomorrow and Chris Vermeulen will make a decision in the morning on whether he will compete following his heavy crash on Friday.

    Monza - SUPERBIKE - Superpole 3

    1.  Max BiaggiAprilia RSV4 (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 1'41.745 Factory
    2.  Eugene LavertyYamaha YZF (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 1'42.393 R1
    3.  Jonathan ReaHonda (Castrol Honda) 1'42.614 CBR1000RR
    4.  Troy CorserBMW S1000 (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1'42.688 RR
    5.  Marco MelandriYamaha YZF (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 1'42.714 R1
    6.  Leon HaslamBMW S1000 (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1'42.723 RR
    7.  Michel FabrizioSuzuki (Team Suzuki Alstare) 1'42.954 GSX-R1000
    8.  Noriyuki HagaAprilia RSV4 (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) 1'43.043 Factory
    9.  Ayrton BadoviniBMW (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) 1'42.886 S1000 RR
    10.  Leon CamierAprilia (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 1'42.995 RSV4 Factory
    11.  Carlos ChecaDucati (Althea Racing) 1'43.116 1098R
    12. Sylvain  Guintoli1'43.146 Ducati 1098R (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing)
    13.  Joan LascorzKawasaki (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1'43.090 ZX-10R
    14.  Tom SykesKawasaki (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) 1'43.437 ZX-10R
    15.  Jakub SmrzDucati (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) 1'43.993 1098R
    16.  Maxime BergerDucati (Supersonic Racing Team) 1'44.005 1098R
    17.  Ruben XausHonda (Castrol Honda) 1'44.216 CBR1000RR
    18.  Roberto RolfoKawasaki (Team Pedercini) 1'44.515 ZX-10R
    19.  James ToselandBMW (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) 1'44.989 S1000 RR
    20.  Mark AitchisonKawasaki (Team Pedercini) 1'45.022 ZX-10R
    21.  Fabrizio LaiHonda (Echo Sport Racing Company) 1'45.739 CBR1000RR
    22.  Chris VermeulenKawasaki (Kawasaki Racing Team)  ZX-10R

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    Laverty takes first WSB win

    By Liam Marsden -MCN
    World Superbikes
    08 May 2011 11:31

    Factory Yamaha rider Eugene Laverty has taken his first victory in World Superbikes after dominating race one at Monza today.
    Laverty took the lead on the second lap, but pole-setter Max Biaggi was right with him, the speed of the Yamaha no match for the Aprilia.
    Laverty was able to keep Biaggi at bay on the brakes, and after eight laps Biaggi made a series of mistakes which gave Laverty plenty of breathing space and left the reigning champion battling for a podium with Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri.
    Again the speed of the Aprilia got Biaggi out of trouble and he was able to pull away from Haslam and Melandri to finish second.
    The battle for the final podium places left Laverty clear to pull away, eventually taking victory by almost two seconds.
    Haslam finished third despite being forced off track at turn one twice, first by Biaggi and second by Melandri.
    Championship leader Carlos Checa finished ninth after starting from 11th on the grid to keep his place at the top of the standings.
    Jonathan Rea had a slow start to the race, but after catching and battling with Troy Corser towards the end of the race finished sixth, behind Michel Fabrizio.


    1. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 31'09.584
    2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 31'11.159
    3. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 31'12.662
    4. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 31'12.839
    5. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 31'21.396
    6. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 31'21.955
    7. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 31'22.864
    8. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 31'27.003
    9. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 31'27.153
    10. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 31'28.004
    11. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 31'29.615
    12. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 31'29.989
    13. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 31'36.277
    14. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 31'48.013
    15. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 31'49.748
    16. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 31'58.665
    17. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 32'07.514
    18. Fabrizio Lai (Echo Sport Racing Company) Honda CBR1000RR 32'12.623
    RT. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 15'45.819
    RT. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 10'46.955
     
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    Laverty does the double

    By Liam Marsden -MCN
    World Superbikes
    08 May 2011 15:02

    Factory Yamaha rider Eugene Laverty has won both superbikes races at Monza today after Max Biaggi was given a ride through penalty.
    Max Biaggi got a good start and pulled away from the rest of the field, opening up a five second lead before he ran straight on at the end of the front straight with seven laps remaining.
    The race organisers gave Biaggi a ride through penalty, which lost the Italian 19 seconds and saw him rejoin the race in 12th. Biaggi finished in eighth.
    This pushed Marco Melandri up to first, with Laverty close behind in second, now smelling victory. It took a mistake from Melandri on the final corner of the final lap for Laverty to make his move and get the drive to the line to secure his first World Superbike double.
    Laverty was tangled up in an incident at the first corner at the start which saw Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam and Jakub Smrz crash out. Laverty spent the majority of the race working his way through the field after the incident.
    Leon Camier was in second place behind Biaggi and comfortably ahead of third place when he crashed out on lap seven.
    Suzuki rider Michel Fabrizio took the final step on the podium after a hard fought battle with former team-mate Noriyuki Haga.
    Championship leader Carlos Checa finished tenth after slowing on the final lap. This is the first race weekend of the 2011 season where the Spaniard hasn't taken a win.


    1. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 31'19.948
    2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 31'20.275
    3. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 31'22.414
    4. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 31'22.531
    5. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 31'24.450
    6. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 31'30.813
    7. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 31'30.986
    8. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 31'38.672
    9. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 31'40.041
    10. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 31'40.324
    11. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 31'41.059
    12. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 31'48.556
    13. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 31'53.407
    14. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 32'02.758
    15. Fabrizio Lai (Echo Sport Racing Company) Honda CBR1000RR 32'15.707
    RT. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 23'46.643
    RT. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 12'09.427
    RT. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'43.023
    RT. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 
    RT. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 

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    I love the photos you re sharing here, great stuff!
     
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    WOOHOOO Laverty!!! Fantastic ride by him, didn't make one mistake the whole weekend, while Biaggi made about 348473289657465 :thumb:
     
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    Checa dominates opening day at Miller

    By Michael Guy -MCN
    World Superbikes
    29 May 2011 09:38

    Championship leader Carlos Checa lived up to all the hype that he will be the man to beat by decimating his rivals during the opening free practice and qualifying sessions at Miller.
    The Althea Ducat rider overcame two technical problems in the opening free practice session to head the standings and then reasserted his dominance in qualifying to take provisional pole by a massive 0.795 seconds.

    Checa said: “We made a great start today despite this morning’s issues. I was able to find a good rhythm almost immediately and the feeling I have here this year with my bike seems to be slightly better than last year. As I said it’s gone quite well today but there is still work to do tomorrow. Results are never a given, also because this weekend it seems that the weather conditions will play an important part. I’m still very optimistic though and we’ll work to make further improvements during tomorrow’s sessions.”

    Second position went to a resurgent Leon Camier onboard his Alitalia Aprilia RSV4. The British rider finished second to Checa in both sessions and unlike in recent races was able to get a good amount of track time with a total of 42 laps completed during the day. He finished ahead of his team mate and reigning world champion Max Biaggi.
    Factory Kawasaki man Tom Sykes got his season back on track after major disappointment at the previous two rounds of the series to set the fourth fastest time of the day. Troy Corser was another man on form in fifth to finish top BMW.

    Jonathan Rea and his Castrol Honda team made a positive start on a circuit where they have previously struggled by ending the day sixth fastest. Rea and his team-mate Ruben Xaus benefited from a two day test at the American circuit last week and while they are still having problems they are clearly in better shape than they were in 2010.
    Rea said: “I can certainly see a light at the end of the tunnel with regard to the problems we’ve had here. We’re still losing a lot on speed and while the gearing is working in some places, we’ve got really low rpm in others where we need the speed. I think, all in all, Carlos looks to be in a different league but our target has to be the podium on Monday.”

    Monza race winner Eugene Laverty ended the day in eighth after struggling with grip and running down in 18th position for the majority of the timed session.
    He said: “I ended up in eighth position which isn’t bad. It’s important to be in the top two rows especially seeing that it’s threatening rain for tomorrow. I was outside the top 16 for a while as I was having difficulty with the front of the bike. We worked on improving the set-up and put in a good time towards the end. I’m sure we have made a break through with the bike today. I was having trouble making the apex in this morning’s free practice but now I’m confident we are heading in the right direction.”

    While the majority of the Brits faired well on the opening day it wasn’t easy for BMW men Leon Haslam and James Toseland who qualified down in 16th and 18th places respectively. Having made good progress with the S1000RR in recent testing, Haslam was forced to re-address the engine braking and electronic problems he faced at the beginning of the season. While Toseland was severely hampered by his recent hand injury and subsequent surgery, losing the majority of his time through the five right hand corners on the track, which are still very painful for the 30 year old Brit.
    With rain forecast for second qualifying, it’s likely that the first qualifying times will stand until Superpole on Sunday afternoon.

    Miller - SUPERBIKE - Qualifying 1

    1.  Carlos ChecaDucati (Althea Racing) 1'48.260 1098R
    2.  Leon CamierAprilia RSV4 (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 1'49.055 Factory
    3.  Max BiaggiAprilia RSV4 (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 1'49.306 Factory
    4.  Tom SykesKawasaki (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) 1'49.432 ZX-10R
    5.  Troy CorserBMW S1000 (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1'49.552 RR
    6.  Jonathan ReaHonda (Castrol Honda) 1'49.621 CBR1000RR
    7.  Jakub SmrzDucati (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) 1'49.683 1098R
    8.  Eugene LavertyYamaha YZF (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 1'49.708 R1
    9.  Michel FabrizioSuzuki (Team Suzuki Alstare) 1'49.855 GSX-R1000
    10.  Ayrton BadoviniBMW (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) 1'49.881 S1000 RR
    11.  Noriyuki HagaAprilia RSV4 (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) 1'49.938 Factory
    12.  Marco MelandriYamaha (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 1'50.136 YZF R1
    13. Sylvain  Guintoli1'50.140 Ducati 1098R (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing)
    14.  Ruben XausHonda (Castrol Honda) 1'50.149 CBR1000RR
    15.  Joshua WatersSuzuki (Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team) 1'50.153 GSX-R1000
    16.  Leon HaslamBMW S1000 (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1'50.159 RR
    17.  Joan LascorzKawasaki (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1'50.195 ZX-10R
    18.  James ToselandBMW (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) 1'50.306 S1000 RR
    19.  Mark AitchisonKawasaki (Team Pedercini) 1'50.646 ZX-10R
    20.  Maxime BergerDucati (Supersonic Racing Team) 1'50.717 1098R
    21.  Roberto RolfoKawasaki (Team Pedercini) 1'51.586 ZX-10R


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    Checa snatches pole position at Miller

    By Tom Cambio - MCN
    World Superbikes
    29 May 2011 22:55

    Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) continued his domination at Miller Motorsports Park, snatching pole position back from Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) in the last lap of the wet, cold and closely contested Superpole.
    Yamaha World Superbike team mates Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty complete the front row, starting from third and fourth respectively. Melandri scraped through into SP2 before upping his pace to take third, while Laverty rode consistently to secure his place in the front row of the grid.
    Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) will start the first of tomorrow's races in Salt Lake City from fifth, ahead of Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), Aprilia Alitalia rider Max Biaggi and Ayrtin Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK), who completes the second row. Biaggi rode an inconsistent Superpole, culminating in the Italian running wide in the last lap of SP3 and dropping his Aprilia at low speed.
    Kawasaki Racing rider Tom Sykes will start from tenth place, behind Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia). Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) suffered a big highside on cold tyres in SP1 but was able to return to the track on his spare bike to qualify in eleventh place, ahead of Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) who crashed out in the second Superpole session.
    Fellow Brit Jonathan Rea will start from thirteenth on the grid, whilst James Toseland qualified in eighteenth place.

    1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'58.315
    2. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'58.390
    3. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.609
    4. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.860
    5. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'59.069
    6. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'59.262
    7. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.736
    8. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'59.827
    9. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.303
    10. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.477
    11. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.643
    12. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 2'01.127
    13. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 2'03.232
    14. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 2'03.382
    15. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'03.397
    16. Joshua Waters (Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.156
    17. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.195
    18. James Toseland (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'50.306
    19. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.646
    20. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'50.717
    21. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.586

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    Checa wins race one in Utah

    By Tom Cambio - MCN
    30 May 2011 19:49

    Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) won an eventful race one at Miller Motorsports Park, Utah. Leading an all-Ducati podium, Checa took first on the seventh lap and pulled away from the chasing pack, finishing the race with a 2.7s lead ahead of Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing team mates Jakub Smrz and Sylvain Guintoli, who finished in second and third place.
    Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) took the holeshot to lead from the start, with Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) charging from ninth on the grid to take second, ahead of Checa. Within the first lap Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) fell foul of the damp conditions and crashed, taking Irishman Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) out of the race in the process.

    Three laps in, Rubens Xaus (Castrol Honda) clipped an inside kerb, losing the front end of his Honda and subsequently crashing into Michel Fabrizio, ending race one for both riders.
    Checa battled with Haga for second place, trading places several times before establishing a gap and passing Corser on the inside to take first place in lap seven. This move signalled the end of Corser's podium chances as Haga, Guintoli and Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) followed Checa's example, passing Corser. Guintoli then faced a battle with Laverty for second until Smrz upped the pace, passing Haga and then, in lap fourteen, Laverty. With three laps remaining, Smrz passed Guintoli taking second place and relegating Guintoli to third.

    Aprilia Alitalia rider Leon Camier was able to pass Laverty to take fourth, whilst Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) managed to pass Haslam and Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) to finish in sixth place.
    Having challenged for second, Noriyuki Haga ended the race in Utah in ninth, whilst Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team), who qualified third, took tenth place. Initial race leader Troy Corser finished the first race in thirteenth.


    1. Checa C ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'49.779
    2. Smrz J CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R +2.766
    3. Guintoli S FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R +4.093
    4. Camier L GBRAprilia Alitalia Aprilia RSV4 Factory +8.885
    5. Laverty E IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 +15.718
    6. Sykes T GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R +20.477
    7. Badovini A ITA BMW Motorrad Italia BMW S1000 RR +22.170
    8. Haslam L GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR +22.267
    9. Haga N JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory +24.087
    10. Melandri M ITA Yamaha World Superbike Yamaha YZF R1 +27.150
    11. Berger M FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R +29.422
    12. Waters J AUS Suzuki GSX-R1000 +33.428
    13. Corser T AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR +36.573
    14. Lascorz J ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R +1'05.369
    15. Toseland J GBR BMW Motorrad Italia BMW S1000 RR +1'14.382

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    Checa does the double at Miller, winning second WSB race

    By Tom Cambio -MCN
    World Superbikes
    30 May 2011 23:17

    Championship leader Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) completed his consistent domination at Miller Motorsports Park to win the second World Superbike race on a considerably drier track, enabling faster lap times for the Spaniard who led from the start and finished the race with a 7.1s gap ahead of British Aprilia Alitalia rider Leon Camier.
    Camier put in a strong performance to secure his best result of the season so far, finishing in front of team mate Max Biaggi who bounced back from his crash in the first race, passing Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) in lap five to take third place.
    Laverty improved on his first race performance to finish fourth, with Fabrizio (Suzuki Alstare) took fifth and Melandri passed Guintoli to secure sixth. Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing team mates Guintoli and Smrz were unable to replicate their race one podium successes, finishing the second race in seventh and eighth respectively.

    Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) managed to pass Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) with four laps remaining, leaving Rea to battle with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) for tenth place. The two Brits swapped places several times, with a persistent Sykes passing Rea in the last lap to take tenth.
    The third lap of the fastest race of the season was littered with crashes; Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) and Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) crashed out of the race, whilst Rubens Xaus (Castrol Honda) fell but was able to remount to finish last.

    1. Checa C ESP Althea Racing Ducati 38'22.082s
    2. Camier L Aprilia Alitalia GBR +7.194s
    3. Biaggi M Aprilia Alitalia ITA +8.734s
    4. Laverty E IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team +14.214s
    5. Fabrizio M ITA Suzuki Alstare +14.750s
    6. Melandri M ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team +21.634s
    7. Guintoli S FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing +24.079s
    8. Smrz J CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing +25.688s
    9. Badovini A ITA Bmw Motorrad Italia +29.621s
    10. Sykes T GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike +30.681s
    11. Rea J GBR Castrol Honda +31.033s
    12. Lascorz J ESP Kawasaki Racing Team +37.063s
    13. Haslam L GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport +37.455s
    14. Berger M FRE Supersonic Racing Team +40.509s
    15. Waters J AUS Yoshimura Suzuki +40.894s

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    Misano WSB: Tom Sykes takes pole

    By Liam Marsden -MCN
    World Superbikes
    11 June 2011 15:47

    Factory Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes will start tomorrow's WSB races at Misano from pole position after knocking Carlos Checa off the top spot in damp conditions.
    Championship leader Carlos Checa set the fastest time during the second superpole session, but was unable to beat Sykes in the slippery coniditions during the final session.
    Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati rider Jakub Smrz and Factory Yamaha rider Marco Melandri complete the front row.
    Brit Leon Haslam starts from fifth, a fall meaning he was unable to improve on his time. Despite a hard fall yesterday Troy Corser starts from sixth, ahead of Max Biaggi and Sylvain Guintoli.
    Eugene Laverty, Jonathan Rea and Leon Camier start from 10th, 11th and 16th respectively.


    1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'55.197
    2. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'55.373
    3. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'55.745
    4. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'55.768
    5. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'56.034
    6. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'56.285
    7. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'56.480
    8. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'57.054
    9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'57.374
    10. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.454
    11. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'57.831
    12. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.509
    13. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'02.235
    14. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 2'02.440
    15. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.728
    16. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.742
    17. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.077
    18. Matteo Baiocco (Barni Racing Team S.N.C.) Ducati 1098R 1'37.104
    19. Lorenzo Lanzi (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'37.178
    20. Alessandro Polita (Barni Racing Team S.N.C.) Ducati 1098R 1'37.220
    21. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.362
    22. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 
    23. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 
     
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    Misano WSB: Checa takes race one win

    By MCN -
    World Superbikes
    12 June 2011 14:37

    Althea Ducati rider Carlos Checa has extended his World Superbike championship lead with victory in race one at Misano, Italy.
    WSB champion Max Biaggi led for the majority of the race, but Checa dominated the second half of the race to take victory by 0.9sec. Marcmo Melandri completed the podium.
    Pole setter Tom Sykes secured his best result of the season with a fourth place, ahead of Eugene Laverty and Leon Camier.
    Factory BMW rider Leon Haslam highsided midway through the race damaging his left wrist and right ankle.

    1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 39'03.132
    2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 39'04.116
    3. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 39'20.256
    4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39'21.784
    5. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 39'22.061
    6. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 39'24.135
    7. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 39'26.074
    8. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 39'26.249
    9. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39'34.861
    10. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 39'37.598
    11. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 39'39.815
    12. Matteo Baiocco (Barni Racing Team S.N.C.) Ducati 1098R 39'40.824
    13. Alessandro Polita (Barni Racing Team S.N.C.) Ducati 1098R 39'41.116
    14. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39'44.148
    15. Lorenzo Lanzi (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 39'46.646
    RT. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 33'06.509
    RT. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 23'17.725
    RT. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 14'45.600
    RT. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 8'23.610
    RT. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 6'39.721
    RT. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 5'00.563
    RT. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'45.959
     
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    Misano WSB: Checa does the double

    By MCN -
    World Superbikes
    12 June 2011 16:10

    Carlos Checa took the win in the second WSB race at Misano to record another double race win.
    Alitalia rider Max Biaggi again finished second, ahead of Noriyuki Haga onboard the Pata Aprilia, who fought hard with Ayrton Badovini.
    The race was red-flagged after Marco Melandri crashed and his bike came to rest in the middle of the track. The restarted race was 14 laps.
    Brit Leon Haslam managed to stay upright in the second race to finish fifth, despite an injured wrist and ankle from his race one highside.
    Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes finished 13th and 14th respectively.

    1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 22'44.117
    2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 22'45.601
    3. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 22'51.889
    4. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 22'51.973
    5. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 22'53.831
    6. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 22'54.894
    7. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 22'54.992
    8. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 22'57.600
    9. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 22'57.693
    10. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 23'02.079
    11. Lorenzo Lanzi (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 23'06.885
    12. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 23'08.652
    13. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 23'36.012
    14. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 23'48.251
    RT. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 13'16.439
    RT. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 8'14.979
    RT. Matteo Baiocco (Barni Racing Team S.N.C.) Ducati 1098R 5'01.447
     
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    Checa takes surprise provisional pole

    By Michael Guy -MCN
    08 July 2011 17:16

    Before the weekend Carlos Checa said that he expected to struggle at Brno, but ended up exceeding expectations by setting provisional pole position in the opening qualifying session this afternoon. The 38 year old Spaniard was concerned about the lack of speed of his Althea Ducati on the fast Czech Republic track, but was actually the fastest man through four of the five individually timed sectors that make up the lap.
    Speaking to MCN, Checa said: “I’m a little bit surprised but saying that we know that when we put our minds on the job we can achieve good results. I still think it will be hard to race with the Yamaha’s and off course Biaggi on the Aprilia.
    "The lap time I did was better than we expected but it is just one lap and maybe I used a tyre that the others did not use. I did some laps with Biaggi and in some areas I have an advantage and in others we lose."
    Local hero Jakub Smrz made it two Ducati’s on the front row and held up Yamaha duo Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty. Coming into the weekend the Yamaha team were confident that the bike would work well having both riders so close the front on a Friday is a clear indication they will be on the pace all weekend.
    Laverty said: "The last time I was this close to the front on a Friday was Monza which turned out to be a pretty good weekend. We were a way off in the morning but this afternoon I understood what I needed to do and stopped riding it like a WSS bike and used the power and lines I need to for WSB. We still need to make some improvements to the last part of the braking zone, but other than that I’m happy."

    The provisional second row of the grid is headed by ten time Brno race winner Max Biaggi along with Tom Sykes, Leon Haslam and Michel Fabrizio.
    Leon Camier ended the session in 11th with rookie Alex Lowes in 21st onboard the Castrol Honda after suffering a front end crash mid way through the session.

    SUPERBIKE - Qualifying 1

    1.  Carlos Checa 1'59.322 Ducati 1098R (Althea Racing)
    2.  Jakub Smrz 1'59.585 Ducati 1098R (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing)
    3.  Marco Melandri 1'59.653 Yamaha YZF R1 (Yamaha World Superbike Team)
    4.  Eugene Laverty 1'59.906 Yamaha YZF R1 (Yamaha World Superbike Team)
    5.  Max Biaggi 1'59.940 Aprilia RSV4 Factory (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team)
    6.  Tom Sykes 2'00.154 Kawasaki ZX-10R (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike)
    7.  Leon Haslam 2'00.164 BMW S1000 RR (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)
    8.  Michel Fabrizio 2'00.196 Suzuki GSX-R1000 (Team Suzuki Alstare)
    9.  Sylvain Guintoli 2'00.310 Ducati 1098R (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing)
    10.  Ayrton Badovini 2'00.348 BMW S1000 RR (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team)
    11.  Leon Camier 2'00.440 Aprilia RSV4 Factory (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team)
    12.  Maxime Berger 2'00.463 Ducati 1098R (Supersonic Racing Team)
    13.  Noriyuki Haga 2'00.494 Aprilia RSV4 Factory (PATA Racing Team Aprilia)
    14.  Lorenzo Lanzi 2'00.580 BMW S1000 RR (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team)
    15.  Mark Aitchison 2'00.604 Kawasaki ZX-10R (Team Pedercini)
    16.  Ruben Xaus 2'00.681 Honda CBR1000RR (Castrol Honda)
    17.  Roberto Rolfo 2'00.793 Kawasaki ZX-10R (Team Pedercini)
    18.  Matteo Baiocco 2'00.970 Ducati 1098R (Barni Racing Team)
    19.  Joan Lascorz 2'00.980 Kawasaki ZX-10R (Kawasaki Racing Team)
    20.  Chris Vermeulen 2'01.503 Kawasaki ZX-10R (Kawasaki Racing Team)
    21.  Alexander Lowes 2'02.430 Honda CBR1000RR (Castrol Honda)
    22.  Viktor Kispataki 2'02.831 Honda CBR1000RR (Prop-tech ltd.)


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    Biaggi secures second pole of season

    By Tom Cambio -MCN
    09 July 2011 16:51

    Aprilia Alitalia rider Max Biaggi secured his second pole position start of the season at Brno, setting the fastest time in Superpole at the Czech circuit.
    Fellow countryman Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) qualified in second, ahead of Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) in third. Irishman Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) completes the front row, qualifying fourth fastest.
    Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing rider Jakub Smrz will start tomorrow's first race from fifth place at his home circuit, in front of Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) who qualified sixth.
    Brits Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) complete the second row, qualifying in seventh and eighth respectively.
    Camier managed to fight back from a crash in SP1, where he lost the front end of his Aprilia, whilst Sykes put in the second fastest lap of SP2 but was unable to improve on eighth in the final Superpole session.

    1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.580
    2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.801
    3. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'58.908
    4. Eugene Laverty(Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.055
    5. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'59.541
    6. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'59.908
    7. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.925
    8. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.303
    9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'59.684
    10. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'59.800
    11. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.362
    12. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 2'01.011
    13. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 2'00.252
    14. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.374
    15. Lorenzo Lanzi (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 2'00.619
    16. Matteo Baiocco (Barni Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 2'00.864
    17. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.681
    18. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.710
    19. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.980
    20. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team)Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.447
    21. Alex Lowes (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 2'01.724
    22. Viktor Kispataki (Prop-tech ltd.) Honda CBR1000RR 2'02.721

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    Melandri holds off Biaggi for race one win

    By Tom Cambio - MCN
    10 July 2011 11:43

    Yamaha World Superbike Team rider Marco Melandri held off Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) in an extremely close race one to take his fourth win of the season at Brno.
    Biaggi led from pole until Melandri stole the lead in the eighth lap. The Italian riders were then embroiled in a battle for first, trading places until Melandri reclaimed the lead with three laps remaining and held off Biaggi to take the win despite a delaminated rear tyre.
    Spaniard Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) moved past Eugene Laverty to take third on lap three and rode consistently to close the gap on the leading Italians, but was unable to challenge for second.
    Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) took fourth, finishing ahead of Melandri's Yamaha World Superbike team mate Eugene Laverty in fifth. Ayrton Badovini was the strongest performing BMW rider taking sixth place on his satellite BMW Motorrad Italia machine, finishing two positions ahead of Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) in eighth. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) ended the race in seventh.
    Tom Sykes finished behind Kawasaki Racing team mate Joan Lascorz in tenth.
    Alex Lowes, standing in for the injured Jonathan Rea with Castol Honda, finished his first World Superbike race in fifteenth place.

    1. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 40'23.699
    2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 40'23.940
    3. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 40'24.135
    4. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 40'32.147
    5. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 40'35.562
    6. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 40'40.073
    7. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 40'43.774
    8. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 40'45.098
    9. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 40'45.254
    10. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 40'46.029
    11. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 40'46.193
    12. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 40'48.409
    13. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 40'51.657
    14. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 40'55.423
    15. Alex Lowes (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 40'55.697
    16. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 40'58.470
    17. Lorenzo Lanzi (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 41'00.281
    18. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 41'09.389
    19. Viktor Kispataki (Prop-tech ltd.) Honda CBR1000RR 41'52.606
    20. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 41'15.440
    RT. Matteo Baiocco (Barni Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 24'45.501
    RT. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.118

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