Misano World Superbike Results 2011

June 12, 2011
Matt Davidson
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Carlos Checa claimed the double victory at Misano and widened his lead in the standings to 72 points. - 2011
Carlos Checa claimed the double victory at Misano and widened his lead in the standings to 72 points.

Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa continued his championship-leading form this weekend at Misano with two more wins in the 2011 World Superbike Championship. The Spaniard took the double victory ahead of Aprilia’s Max Biaggi, with the second race being shortened due to a crash involving Yamaha’s Marco Melandri. Pata Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga managed his first podium of the season in the second race after a tense battle with BMW Motorrad Italia’s Ayrton Badovini. Overall, Checa has now stretched his lead in the series to 245 points over Max Biaggi.

Race 1
Checa started from second on the grid in the first race but was quickly pushed back to fourth. BMW’s Leon Haslam had an excellent launch from the second row to lead the first lap ahead of Biaggi and pole winner, Tom Sykes. Not content to sit behind Haslam, Biaggi charged into the lead on Lap 2 and went about establishing breathing room ahead of the Brit. Checa was slow to make his move, but when he did he caught-up to the leader and was within a second of Biaggi by Lap 4.
“We were a little bit in trouble at the beginning, with a few riders between me and Max, he was strong,” said Checa. “I was able to get second slowly, catching Max. I could overtake him, and then put some gap between me and him. At the end the result was very good.”

Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea was absent from both races at Misano following a highside crash during warmup. The Irishman suffered a broken radius and sustained other injuries which are still being examined.

Max Biaggi  #1  finished second in both races behind Checa. - Misano 2011
Max Biaggi (#1) finished second in both races behind Checa.

“Well, the weekend just went from bad to worse really I had a crash yesterday which needed some stitches in my arm and then a 230kph crash this morning at one of the fastest corners on the calendar,” said Rea. “Of course, Im frustrated and I have some injuries that I want to take time to heal. I have to miss Aragon next week, unfortunately, but Brno is a month off and the doctors tell me that the break in my arm would normally keep someone off work for three weeks. I’ll try to come back for Brno at 100% as it’s a circuit that suits me and the bike.”

As the race neared the halfway mark Checa was making time on the Italian, and on Lap 12 Checa darted ahead after Biaggi ran wide in a turn. The defending champion pursued Checa afterward, but another mistake by Biaggi allowed Checa just the gap he needed for his seventh win of the season.
Biaggi took the checkers just 0.984 seconds behind Checa.
“Really it has been tough, a very hard weekend,” Biaggi said. “I did my best, trying to push but Carlos had some lead and it was very difficult to get closer. That’s the best I could do, no better than second.”
Melandri posted third ahead of Sykes, who recorded his best finish of the season so far in fourth. Haslam, who had the lead at the start of the race, crashed out on Lap 10, losing his fourth-place position. Meanwhile Melandri’s teammate, Eugene Laverty, lost a last-corner battle with Melandri and was relegated to fifth in the order.
“I didn’t have a good start so I had to push very hard to catch those guys at the beginning,” said Melandri. “After three laps I didn’t have the right combination of rear and front tire so I couldn’t brake well. It was impossible to catch the front guys so I controlled the gap with those behind.”

Misano Race 1 Results:
1. Carlos Ceca (Ducati)
2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
3. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
5. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
6. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
7. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)

Kawasakis Tom Sykes recorded his best finish of the season so far in fourth during Race 1. - Misano 2011
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes recorded his best finish of the season so far in fourth during Race 1.

8. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
9. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
10. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
11. Ruben Xaus (Honda)
12. Matteo Baiocco (Ducati)
13. Alessandro Polita (Ducati)
14. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki)
15. Lorenzo Lanzi (BMW)
DNF Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)
DNF Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
DNF Leon Haslam (BMW)
DNF Tory Corser (BMW)
DNF Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
DNF Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
DNF Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
Race 2
At the start of the second contest Checa jumped into an early lead ahead of Biaggi and Haslam. Checa looked to have Race 2 well in-hand before separate crashes involving Melandri and Aprilia’s Leon Camier brought out a red flag. The race was ultimately nullified because Melandri’s bike lay dangerously in the track. The event was eventually restarted and scheduled for just 14 laps. Grid positions were reviewed and Checa was positioned in the lead ahead of Biaggi, who benefitted from the restart by moving up to the first row.

Italys Ayrton Badovini and Team BMW Motorrad Italia won the 2010 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup.
Ayrton Badovini had the best finish for BMW in fourth at Misano. 

Biaggi used the restart to shoot ahead of Checa and secure the early lead. Haslam also looked strong in the first few laps after starting from third on the grid to pass Checa. But Checa wasn’t still for long, the Spaniard eventually fighting his way ahead of Haslam to sit directly behind Biaggi once again. At the same time Sykes began battling Haslam and Meandri for the final podium spot, but the Englishman would eventually be pushed down in the order as the race progressed.
Biaggi and Checa separated from the rest of the field as just a few laps remained in the contest. Checa began to apply tremendous pressure on Biaggi for the lead, and the Italian easily broke by running wide through a turn again.
“I think I did my best, pushing and pushing,” Biaggi said. “I made a mistake because the bike was locking into the corner. I saved it but I lost quite a bit of time, then I was able to follow but not come close because Carlos had more speed. Maybe we didn’t have the same equipment as before, but I hope that in the future there will be some improvements. Two times second so we must be satisfied. The points gap between me and Carlos is a lot, but we now need a bit more.”
Checa instantly put up a two-second advantage on Biaggi after the pass, which he kept through to the finish line.
“It was a fantastic weekend, we expected to be competitive but not at this level,” said Checa. “We took the best at this track, and the team worked so well. In the second race we had different tires, because it was hotter, and we made the right decision because the bike gave me an even better finish! After the race the chain broke while I was celebrating but it’s better than breaking in the race!”

Noriyuki Haga  disappointed at Portimao. Can Haga rebound for 2010
Pata Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga earned his first podium of the season in third during Race 2.

Meanwhile Haga recovered from his DNF in Race 1 to finish on the podium for the first time this season.
“Finally I’m back on the podium and I’m very happy to be here for the first time since last year,” Haga said. “Today was very tough, before my bike wasn’t competitive, but we changed some settings. Half-way through I still had problems but for sure I really wanted a better finish. Badovini was very competitive today, I think he made a mistake at the last corner so that was lucky for me.”

Misano Race 2 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
3. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
4. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
5. Leon Haslam (BMW)
6. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
7. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
8. Ruben Xaus (Honda)
9. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
10. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki)

Aprilias Leon Camier was unable to start the second race after sliding out just seconds before the red flag. - Misano 2011
Aprilia’s Leon Camier was unable to start the second race after sliding out just seconds before the red flag.

11. Lorenzo Lanzi (BMW)
12. Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
13. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
14. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
DNF Maxime Berger (Ducati)
DNF Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
DNF Matteo Baiocco (Ducati)

2011 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Carlos Checa, 245
2. Max Biaggi, 173
3. Marco Melandri, 150
4. Eugene Laverty, 123
5. Leon Haslam, 106
6. Leon Camier, 101
7. Michel Fabrizio, 95
8. Jonathan Rea, 94
9. Jakub Smrz, 83
10. Sylvain Guintoli, 72