Aragon World Superbike Results 2011

June 19, 2011
Matt Davidson
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Marco Melandri capitalized on an error by Max Biaggi in the first race to slip by for his second win of the season. - Aragon 2011
Marco Melandri capitalized on an error by Max Biaggi in the first race to slip by for his second win of the season.

Yamaha’s Marco Melandri and Alitalia Aprilia’s Max Biaggi both shared World Superbike wins at the brand new Aragon circuit on Sunday. Biaggi made a small slip-up near the end of th first race which allowed Melandri to get by for his second win of the season. But Biaggi redeemed himself in the second race by taking the lead early and leading every lap of the contest. The defending champion eventually took the checkered flag by more than four seconds ahead of Melandri. Meanwhile, Althea Racing’s Carlos Checa lost some ground to Biaggi in the championship chase when he crashed out of the first race. He did manage to finifh in third place in the second race which keeps the Spaniard 43 points ahead of Biaggi.

Race 1
Melandri had a good start from pole position in the first race and led briefly. Moments later, however, the Italian was passed by rival Max Biaggi who took the lead by the end of Lap 1 and faced little opposition until lap 15. After leading for nearly the entire race, Biaggi faltered. Critical errors are becoming an all too familiar problem for the defending champ, this time he ran wide through a turn and in doing so he opened the door for Melandri to take the lead with just five laps remaining.
Earlier in the race Aprilia’s Leon Camier was engaged in a battle with Checa for third as the duo chased down Melandri and Biaggi. Checa crashed out on Lap 8, however, which gave the Brit some breathing room for the podium spot. Shortly afterward Alstare Suzuki’s Michel Fabrizio also crashed out. Pata Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga, Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes and Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty tussled during the

Leon Camier  #2  put a second Aprilia on the podium in the first race after Carlos Checa  #7  crashed out. - Aragon 2011
Leon Camier (#2) put a second Aprilia on the podium in the first race after Carlos Checa (#7) crashed out.

middle of the race for fourth. The battle was initially between Haga and Sykes, but Laverty dropped the hammer to pass both for the spot, leaving Haga and Sykes to fight it out for fifth.
Melandri claimed his second win of the season 1.5 seconds ahead of Biaggi.

“It’s been an awesome race for me,” said Melandri. “Max [Biaggi] was strong and consistent at the start and it was difficult to follow him. But in the end it was going to be tough for me to pass him so thanks to him that he made a mistake! Otherwise it would have been difficult. The team has been working very hard and I was very confident all weekend.”

“I cannot say I am super-happy for the result but I had a good rhythm and just at the end the bike was a little more difficult to ride,” Biaggi said. “We need to work more on the bike to improve it towards the end of the race, and hopefully we can do that for race 2.”

Closely following on Biaggi’s heels was Camier, who encountered little trouble in third after Checa’s crash.

“I was struggling a bit at the beginning to get into the rhythm, but I’m happy with the result and happy for Aprilia, everyone’s worked hard this weekend,” Camier said. “It’ll now make me try and go better at the beginning of the next race.”

On the penultimate lap Sykes got around Haga and looked to be on his way around Laverty also, but the Irishman took him at the finish line by just 0.048 seconds. Sykes went on to post his second consecutive top-five finish after finishing fourth last weekend at Misano. Meanwhile, Haga collected sixth nearly 12 seconds behind the leader. BMW’s Leon Haslam and Troy Corser had a fight of their own that resulted in Haslam taking ninth less than half a second ahead of Corser. Once again Ayrton Badovini was the best finisher for the German marque – outpacing both Haslam and Corser

Aprilias Max Biaggi snared his first victory of the 2011 season at Aragon ahead of Yamahas Marco Melandri.
Aprilia’s Max Biaggi snared his first victory of the 2011 season at Aragon ahead of Yamaha’s Marco Melandri.
Max Biaggi - Aragon 2011

for eighth on the BMW Motorrad Italia team.

Aragon Race 1 Results:
1. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
3. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
4. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
5. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
6. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
7. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
8. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
9. Leon Haslam (BMW)
10. Troy Corser (BMW)
11. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
12. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki)
13. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
14. Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
15. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)
16. Ruben Xaus (Honda)
DNF Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
DNF Carlos Checa (Ducati)
DNF Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
DNF Lorenzo Lanzi (BMW)

Race 2

Determined not to let his second chance at victory slip away, Biaggi took the lead early again in the second race of the day ahead of Melandri. It was a great start for Sykes, who started in third for the first four laps, but ended his run at the front by crashing out on Lap 7. Checa, who suffered a DNF in the first race, had a slow start back in seventh. The Spaniard kicked it up a notch though and climbed up to third ahead of Fabrizio Kawasaki’s Joan Lascorz.

Much like the first race, Melandri shadowed Biaggi for nearly the entire race waiting for the leader to make a mistake. This time, however, the mistake was by Melandri as the Italian lost the front during braking but managed to catch it on his knee. While he prevented a crash, the mistake forced Melandri to use the run-off area which cost him precious time on the leader. Though he recovered in second, Biaggi was already long gone, taking the win by 4.8 seconds.

Carlos Checa recovered from his crash in Race 1 to finish third behind Biaggi and Melandri. - Aragon 2011
Carlos Checa recovered from his crash in Race 1 to finish third behind Biaggi and Melandri.

“I’m very happy of course, this is my first win of 2011,” said Biaggi. “I didn’t get one before because the other guys did a better job than me. This win came after a very strong race, I had a good pace all the way to the end, so the changes we made to the bike’s suspension made it work better than Race 1. We should have done it before for Race 1, but I’m happy with today’s results.”

“The conditions were a little bit different to Race 1 and Max [Biaggi] had a bit better pace,” said Melandri. “I was braking so hard to recover what we lost in acceleration, so I lost the front, the tire locked and I lost the position on the bike and went off. I’m disappointed, it wasn’t easy to try and pass like in Race 1, but I’m happy anyway.”

Checa held tight for the podium spot, which slightly made up for his disappointing performance in Race 1.

“What a weekend with a crash in Race 1 and struggling to catch Marco [Melandri] and Max [Biaggi] in Race 2,” said Checa. “After reaching third I felt it was the best situation to stay in third. Honestly, it was quite acceptable and I am quite satisfied for Race 2, it was a shame because it was my home race, we wanted to be at the top but here was not the place.”

Fabrizio also recovered nicely from his crash in the first contest to finish fourth. Lascorz was more than 11 seconds behind the leader and rounded out the top-five, with Laverty once again getting past Haga in the final three laps for sixth. This time Haslam outran Badovini for ninth, but the BMW rider still has much to improve after being more than 24 seconds off the pace of the leader. Corser ended his day with a DNF after being taken out early by Supersonic Racing’s Maxime Berger.

Aragon Race 2 Results:
1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
3. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
4. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
5. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
6. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)

Lone Suzuki man Michel Fabrizio put the Alstare squad in the top-five after suffering a DNF in Race 1. - Aragon 2011
Lone Suzuki man Michel Fabrizio put the Alstare squad in the top-five after suffering a DNF in Race 1.

7. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
8. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
9. Leon Haslam (BMW)
10. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
11. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
12. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)
13. Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki
14. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki)
15. Lorenzo Lanzi (BMW)
DNF Ruben Xaus (Honda)
DNF Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
DNF Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
DNF Maxime Berger (Ducati)
DNF Tory Corser (BMW)

2011 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Carlos Checa, 261
2. Max Biaggi, 218
3. Marco Melandri, 195
4. Eugene Laverty, 146
5. Leon Camier, 125
6. Leon Haslam, 120
7. Michel Fabrizio, 108
8. Jonathan Rea, 94
9. Noriyuki Haga, 89
10. Ayrton Badovini, 86

World Supersport

Sam Lowes - Aragon World Supersport Qualifying 2011
Parkalgar Honda’s Sam Lowes just missed the win after he wasn’t able to make the pass on Chaz Davies.

In Aragon’s World Supersport race Yamaha ParkinGO’s Chaz Davies snagged his third win of the season over Parkalgar Honda’s Sam Lowes and Kawasaki’s David Salom. More importantly, however, Davies officially took the lead in the championship ahead of Kawasaki’s Broc Parkes by 20 points after an extremely close race with Lowes. The race was originally dominated by Parkes, who led for 15 laps before crashing out with just three to go. After making a significant comeback in the end, Lowes was unable to use the slipstream to make a last-minute pass on Davies for the win. Salom and Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki’s Massimo Roccoli finished third and fourth, respectively.

2011 World Supersport Aragon Results:
1. Chaz Davies (Yamaha)
2. Sam Lowes (Honda)
3. David Salom (Kawasaki)
4. Massimo Roccoli (Kawasaki)
5. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha)
6. Gino Rea (Honda)
7. Fabien Foret (Honda)
8. Robbin Harms (Honda)

Kawasakis Broc Parkes dominated World Supersport qualifying more than four-tenths quicker than David Salom. - Aragon World Supersport Qualifying 2011
Despite leading for most of the race Broc Parkes crashed with just three laps left and gave up the lead in the series.

9. Miguel Praia (Honda)
10. Florian Marino (Honda)
11. Vladimir Ivanov (Honda)
12. Balazs Nemeth (Honda)
13. Pawel Szkopek (Honda)
14. Danilo Dell’Omo (Triumph)
15. Imre Toth (Honda)

2011 World Supersport Championship Points:
1. Chaz Davies, 105
2. Broc Parkes, 85
3. David Salom, 71
4. Luca Scassa, 70
5. Fabien Foret, 65
6. Sam Lowes, 63
7. Robbin Harms, 59
8. Massimo Roccoli, 39
9. Florian Marino, 37
10. Gino Rea, 32

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