Brno World Superbike Results 2011

July 10, 2011
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Yamahas Marco Melandri claimed the win in Race 1 just 0.241 seconds ahead of Aprilias Max Biaggi. - Brno 2011
Yamaha’s Marco Melandri claimed the win in Race 1 just 0.241 seconds ahead of Aprilia’s Max Biaggi.

Yamaha’s Marco Melandri and Aprilia’s Max Biaggi split more wins in the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Brno. Once again the Italians occupied the top-two spots in both races on Sunday as each contest was decided by a margin of less than three-tenths of a second. Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa couldn’t match the pace of his two rivals, but the Spaniard took home back to back third-place finishes to keep him 30 points ahead in the series. Meanwhile, Suzuki’s Michel Fabrizio had two solid performances in the Czech Republic after managing fourth in both races.

Race 1
Biaggi snagged the holeshot in the first race from pole position with Melandri right on his rear wheel. The order in the opening lap was Biaggi, Melandri, Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty, Checa, Fabrizio and Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes. Checa was quick to bump Laverty out of podium contention with a solid pass on Lap 3. From there the order remained much the same until Lap 8, when Melandri decided to strike for the lead. Melandri’s time up front lasted only a few seconds, however, as Biaggi was quick to recover from a small mistake to position himself at the top of the order again. But Melandri refused to call it quits. While staying consistent in third, Checa was unable to attempt a pass on the Italians for second.

“In Race 1 my start wasn’t so bad but it took a few laps to pass Eugene [Laverty] and once past him it took some time to reach Max [Biaggi] and Marco [Melandri] ahead,” said Checa. “Once there I tried to keep the pace and stick with them. It was hard to find the right place to pass, I got by Max at one point but he came straight back past me. It was a great battle and to be honest I am happy with third because this has always been a tough track for me.”

Meanwhile, Melandri shadowed Biaggi’s every move and traded the lead multiple times in the final half of the contest. On Lap 18 with just three to go, Meandri moved into the lead and defended it until the checkers, taking his third win of the season despite struggling from tire wear in the final laps.

“I’m really happy with today’s results,” Melandri said. “At the beginning of Race 1 I didn’t think I’d catch up on Max [Biaggi], so I immediately passed Eugene [Laverty] in order to tail him. I was struggling to keep in front, at times Max was faster than me.”

Biaggi was only 0.241 seconds behind, with Checa finishing less than half a second adrift of Melandri. Fabrizio nabbed fourth after passing Laverty early in the race, the result being one of his best so far this season.

Brno Race 1 Results:

Max Biaggi had a well-earned victory in the second race after holding back Melandri across the finish line. - Brno 2011
Max Biaggi had a well-earned victory in the second race after holding back Melandri across the finish line.

1. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
3. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
4. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
5. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
6. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
7. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
8. Leon Haslam (BMW)
9. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
10. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
11. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
12. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
13. Max Berger (Ducati)
14. Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
15. Alexander Lowes (Honda)
DNF Matteo Baiocco (Ducati)
DNF Ruben Xaus (Honda)
Race 2

Like Race 1, the second match started with Biaggi launching himself into the lead with Melandri, Laverty and Checa following. There was an early battle between the two Yamaha teammates, but Melandri quickly pulled ahead with Checa also passing Laverty. Once again, Melandri spent the first half of the race stalking the leader as Checa simply followed the two Italians in third. On Lap 8 Melandri charged past Biaggi, the move initiating a duel between the two that lasted the remainder of the race.

Althea Racings Carlos Checa will start from third on the grid at Brno after finishing behind Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri in Superpole.
Ducati’s Carlos Checa had back to back third-place finishes which leaves him 30 points ahead in the series.

“I didn’t give up but it was too difficult like in Aragon,” said Melandri. “I tried to do my best but Max was faster. Anyway it’s been a good day, we still have to do a bit more to get the double, but I’m happy. Max and I have had some nice battles in the last two rounds, very fair and clean so that’s good. It was fun for us and hopefully fun for the people watching the race in the circuit and on TV!”

Shortly after Biaggi retook the lead as Sykes and BMW’s Leon Haslam fought for seventh. Two laps later Melandri made another charge. The lead went back and forth, both riders refusing to settle for second as Checa, Fabizio and Laverty remained relatively comfortable behind them. In the end Biaggi managed a terrific defensive ride for the win – only his second victory so far this season.

“Everyone was expecting this victory and now I am very happy for me, for Aprilia and for my many fans here,” said Biaggi.”But it was certainly not easy. Let’s just say that Race 1 taught me something. I would have liked to have been faster there in the last laps, but that’s not always possible. So, along with my team, which did some excellent work, we decided to make a few changes to my RSV4. Just some small details that, in races like these, can make all the difference.”

Meanwhile Biaggi’s teammate, Leon Camier, had a weekend to forget after finishing seventh in the first race and crashing in the afternoon.

Melandri remains 23 points behind Biaggi

Lone Suzuki rider Michel Fabrizio claimed fourth in both contests  making it his best result so far this season. - Brno 2011
Lone Suzuki rider Michel Fabrizio claimed fourth in both contests, making it his best result so far this season.

after Round 8, with Checa continuing to lose ground in the championship despite two more podium finishes.

“You always think that you can do better so you always attack to improve the result, but today considering the conditions, the rivals, the track and the speed we are quite satisfied,” Checa said. “We worked well to find the right set-up, chose the right tires, we didn’t make any mistake.”

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

Eugene Laverty: Superpole went smoothly. All I wanted was a front row for two good races tomorrow so thats what Im hoping for. A good starting place on the grid is very important in order to be in a position to fight for a win. - Brno Superpole 2011
Irishman Eugene Laverty had two top-five finishes and is currently fourth overall in the championship.

DNF Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki)

2011 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Carlos Checa, 293
2. Max Biaggi, 263
3. Marco Melandri, 240
4. Eugene Laverty, 168
5. Leon Haslam, 137
6. Leon Camier, 134
7. Michel Fabrizio, 134
8. Ayrton Badovini, 106
9. Noriyuki Haga, 99
10. Jonathan Rea, 94
World Supersport
Step Racing’s Gino Rea snagged his first ever World Supersport victory on Sunday after a red flag led to a shortened contest at Brno. Rea finished 0.448 seconds ahead of Ten Kate Honda’s Fabien Foret, who recorded second to move up two places in the standings and tie Kawasaki’s Broc Parkes for third. It was a tough day for Parkes, who crashed out in the early laps while running third behind Rea and Foret. Yamaha ParkinGO’s Chaz Davies finished third at Brno, the Brit coming just under a second behind Rea to increase his lead in the championship to 16 points. Kawasaki’s David Salom followed in fourth with Bike Service R.T. Yamaha’s Roberto Tamburini rounding out the top-five finishers.

2011 World Supersport Brno Results:
1. Gino Rea (Honda)
2. Fabien Foret (Honda)
3. Chaz Davies (Yamaha)
4. David Salom (Kawasaki)
5. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha)

Gino Rea won his first ever World Supersport race at Brno.
Gino Rea won his first ever World Supersport race at Brno.

6. Sam Lowes (Honda)
7. Luca Scassa (Yamaha)
8. James Ellison (Honda)
9. Florian Marino (Honda)
10. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Kawasaki)
11. Danilo Dell’Omo (Triumph)
12. Alexander Lundh (Honda)
13. Imre Toth (Honda)
14. Luca Marconi (Yamaha)
15. Massimo Roccoli (Kawasaki)

2011 World Supersport Championship Points:
1. Chaz Davies, 121
2. Broc Parkes, 85
3. Fabien Foret, 85
4. David Salom, 84
5. Luca Scassa, 79
6. Sam Lowes, 73
7. Robbin Harms, 59
8. Gino Rea, 57
9. Florian Marino, 44
10. Roberto Tamburini, 43

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