World Superbike Miller Race 2 Results 2011

May 30, 2011
Bart Madson
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Carlos Checa was whistling a happy tune at Miller  the Spaniard piloting his Althea Ducati to a double victory performance.
Carlos Checa extends his points lead to 61 with the double at Miller.
Carlos Checa was whistling a happy tune at Miller, the Spaniard piloting his Althea Ducati to a double victory.

Carlos Checa sealed his dominating performance at Miller Motorsports Park with a World Superbike Race 2 victory. The Spaniard led the 21-lap race flag-to-flag and was joined on the podium by the factory Aprilia duo of Leon Camier and Max Biaggi. Checa’s sixth victory of the season extends his points lead to 61. 

The Spanish rider got a terrific start from pole position, jumping out to the lead on Lap 1. Camier followed in second with the Yamaha factory duo of Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri behind. Biaggi started moving up early, getting around fellow Aprilia RSV rider Noriyuki Haga and then Melandri as the Emperor soon began tracking down Laverty for third.

As with the first race, there were multiple crashes in Race 2 during the early laps. Both Corser and Xaus went down in a section of the track dubbed the Attitudes (Turns 8, 9 and 10), the two riders crashing at the same time in seperated incidents. Soon after Haga also crashed out of the race.

Lap 4 saw Checa two seconds up on Camier and getting ready to peel away from the Aprilias. Unlike the first race, the Effenbert-Liberty Ducatis were dragging in Race 2 with Guintoli in sixth and Smrz lingering in 10th. Meanwhile, Biaggi shot around Laverty on Lap 5 trying to track down his younger teammate for second.

At the halfway mark, Checa had the race well in hand. Camier was a full five seconds adrift, with Biaggi two seconds back of his teammate. Laverty ran all by his lonesome in fourth, with Race 1 DNF (thanks ro Xaus) Michel Fabrizio having a good scrap over fifth with Melandri.

The final third of race was entirely processional up front, with Checa extending his lead to six seconds. Whenever Biaggi would trim off Camier’s advantage, the Englishman would respond by getting his buffer back up to two seconds. Fabrizio was cutting somewhat into Laverty’s gap in fourth, but not enough to gain the position.

Rea leads a fight for 10th in Race 2 at Miller.
Johnny Rea and his Castrol Honda squad are looking for the right setup for Monday.
Johnny Rea and Castrol Honda squad had a rough go at Miller this year. A Race 1 DNF came via a controversial get together with Biaggi. Race 2 was a losing battle for 10th.

Checa was untouchable and ended the race a full seven seconds ahead of Camier. The Spaniard expanded his points cushion by 34 with the double. The 2-3 result for the factory Aprilias was something of a moral victory, as both riders were nursing wounds from earlier crashes. Biaggi claims to have been knocked unconscious briefly during his Race 1 collision with Jonathan Rea. Camier was riding with possible ligament damage in his left wrist and performing with the aid of a pain injection, the injury stemming from a highside in Superpole.

Fabrizio and Melandri rebounded from Race 1 disappointment for better results in Race 2. The Suzuki rider salvaged fifth after his DNF and Melandri moved up to sixth after a 10th-place result in the first contest. Melandri, in spite of the lackluster 10-6 byline, retains second in the points though Checa expanded his lead considerably.

Guintoli, a surprising podium finisher in Race 1, placed seventh in Race 2. This time the Frenchman got the better of his Czech teammate, Smrz, who finished in eighth. BMW was not a factor in the second race with Badovini once again the fastest S1000RR in ninth. Haslam was a distant 13th, Corser a DNF and James Toseland a scratch in Race 2 – the BMW Italia rider seemingly injured (update pending).

Some of the best racing on the day came between Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes battling for 10th. Sykes would get the better of the Irishman in the end. Overall it was a frustrating outing for the Castrol squad, Xaus getting the dreaded double DNF and Rea a DNF-11 result.

The Rea and Biaggi get together in Race 1 has also ruffled some feathers. Biaggi’s take on the incident is that Rea crashed into him. Rea contends he had to stand up the bike Pedrosa-style after the Italian ‘Simoncelli’d’ him – the Honda rider referring to the recent collision between Pedrosa and Simoncelli at the French Grand Prix. (It was announced today that Simoncelli has been summoned to meet with GP race direction at the upcoming Catalunya GP for possible punishment.)

The next round of the World Superbike championship will run in two weeks time at the Misano circuit in San Marino.

The factory Aprilias joined Checa on the Race 2 steps.
Checa lights it up in Utah - SBK Race 2 Miller
Carlos Checa celebrates another win - SBK Race 2 Miller

2011 World Superbike Miller Race 2 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
3. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
4. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
5. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
6. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
7. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
8. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
10. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
11. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
12. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
13. Leon Haslam (BMW)
14. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
15. Josh Waters (Suzuki)
16. Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
17. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)
DNF Ruben Xaus
DNF Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
DNF Troy Corser
DNR James Toseland

2011 World Superbike Points:
1. Checa, 195
2. Melandri, 134
3. Biaggi, 133
4. Laverty, 109
5. Haslam, 95
6. Rea, 94
7. Camier, 91
8. Fabrizio, 85
9. Smrz, 83
10. Guintoli, 54