World Superbike Miller Results

June 1, 2008
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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Hannspree Ten Kate Honda s Carlos Checa couldn t duplicate his Miller heroics  but still finished in fifth-place in both races. - Nurburgring
Carlos Checa picked up his first two career World Superbike victories during the US round at Miller Motorsports Park.

Fans poured into the recently built Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah to witness Ten Kate Honda’s Carlos Checa take his first World Superbike win over Yamaha Motor Italia’s Troy Corser and Xerox Ducati’s Michel Fabrizio.

At the start of the 20-lap race it was Xerox Ducati’s Troy Bayliss with a perfect launch aboard his Ducati 1098R. Bayliss screamed off the line and had a multiple bike length gap going into Turn 1. Funnelling into position behind him was Alstare Suzuki’s Max Neukirchner, Sterilgarda Ducati’s Max Biaggi, Yamaha Motor Italia’s Noriyuki Haga, then Checa followed by Corser.

On Lap 2, Bayliss ran a little bit wide allowing Neukirchner to dip in underneath him. Behind, Biaggi ran off the track but immediately re-entered. However, he had lost touch with the front runners.

Meanwhile Checa, who started the race from pole position, was trying to get to the front and passed Bayliss for second place on Lap 3. A few turns later he went flying by Neukirchner for the lead.

The next lap saw Bayliss and Neukirchner battle for position while PSG-1 Kawasaki’s Regis Laconi was the first crash of the race when he low-sided his ZX-10R. Moments later, the lead group was about to begin their fifth lap when Bayliss high-sided coming onto the front straightaway. Bayliss appeared to be clutching his shoulder, but was up and walked away.

A few turns later Haga crashed out of fourth place but didn’t appear to do any more injury to his already broken right collarbone.

“I lost grip in the same corner as I did on Saturday,” said Haga. ” I think I opened the throttle a bit too much at maximum lean angle.”

The running order was now: Checa, Neukirchner, Corser, Guandalini Ducati’s Jakub Smrz and Fabrizio. Fabrizio moved past Smrz for fourth position on Lap 13, while Corser had caught up to Neukirchner and was all over the back tire of his Suzuki–looking for a way past.

The next lap Corser found the opportunity he was looking for and dove underneath the German rider. Neukirchner seemed to be fading slightly and Fabrizio was able to catch up to him and eventually pass him with only three laps to go. The young Italian rider would hold on for the final podium position and crossed the finish line 3.737-seconds behind Corser, who in turn finished 2.809-seconds behind Checa.

Race 2

Ten Kate Honda’s Carlos Checa served up another stellar performance taking the win over Alstare Suzuki’s Max

Michel Fabrizio is getting his factory shot this year aboard the strong 1098R Xerox Ducati.
Michel Fabrizio picked up a pair of third place finishes at Miller Motorsports Park.

Neukirchner and Xerox Ducati’s Michel Fabrizio. At the start of the 21-lap race it was Fabrizio’s teammate and points leader Troy Bayliss with the holeshot. As the riders funneled into Turn 1, Checa ran wide losing multiple positions in the process.

Yamaha Motor Italia’s Troy Corser got around Bayliss halfway through the first lap, then Neukirchner moved past Bayliss and into second position. The next lap Neukirchner passed Corser for the lead, meanwhile Checa was fighting to make up ground from his first lap, first turn mistake.

On Lap 4, Checa dove underneath Bayliss, however, the Australian wouldn’t give up the position easily–trying to unsuccessfully bomb back under Checa.

Sterilgarda Go Eleven’s Ruben Xaus was the first to crash out of the race, high-siding his Ducati 1098R. Xaus slowly crawled off to the side of the track and it seemed that the race might be red-flagged when Bayliss suddenly slowed down, however it was a mechanical problem with his motorcycle.

“Something came loose with the gear shifter,” Bayliss said. “We sorted it quickly enough that I thought I might as well go out and ride, even if it was impossible to get points. I was going well out there but I was too far behind to make up any places. It goes without saying that after all our hard work this weekend I’m really disappointed that we’ve given away 50 championship points in one weekend.”

Checa continued to dice through the field and drafted past Neukirchner for the lead on Lap 8. However, the German rider was determined to hang on and not lose touch with Race 1’s winner. Initally the two riders swapped positions, however after a few laps it was clear that Neukirchner was overriding his GSX-R1000 and backed off the pace slightly.

“When I saw Neukirchner in front I knew I could overtake him,” said Checa after the race. “In the beginning it was difficult to make a gap, but I managed to make enough ground. It’s been a fantastic moment to take a double win here in the USA. The last time I won a race was ten years ago – these are my first wins outside my homeland Spain and I would like to dedicate them to my friend Wayne Rainey.”

Behind Corser, Biaggi and Haga battled for third postion with Corser eventually crashing out of the position when he lost the front tire.

“I was having to ride hard in the corners to make up the time,” said Corser. “So I pushed a bit too hard. We changed the fork settings between race one and race two and it was better, but it gave a bit less warning.”

Meanwhile Fabrizio put his head down and caught the second pack eventually passing Haga and then Biaggi for the final podium position.

HANNspree FIM World Superbike Race 1 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (ESP) CBR1000RR
2. Troy Corser (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1
3. Michel Fabrizio (ITA) Ducati 1098R F08
4. Max Neukirchner (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000
5. Fonsi Nieto (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R1000
6. Jakub Smrz (CZE) Ducati 1098R S08
7. Karl Muggeridge (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR
8. Yukio Kagayama (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000
9. Max Biaggi (ITA) Ducati 1098R F08
10. Ryuichi Kiyonari (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR

HANNspree FIM World Superbike RaceĀ 2 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (ESP) CBR1000RR
2. Max Neukirchner (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000
3. Michel Fabrizio (ITA) Ducati 1098R F08
4. Max Biaggi (ITA) Ducati 1098R F08
5. Yukio Kagayama (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000
6. Noriyuki Haga (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1
7. Ryuichi Kiyonari (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR
8. Fonsi Nieto (SPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000
9. Regis Laconi (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-10R
10. Lorenzo Lanzi (ITA) Ducati 1098R S08

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