Portimao World Superbike Results 2011

October 16, 2011
Matt Davidson
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2011 WSB champ Carlos Checa snagged his 15th victory of the season at Portimao and earned the Constructors title for Ducati.
2011 WSB champ Carlos Checa snagged his 15th victory of the season at Portimao and earned the Constructors title for Ducati.

Ducati and Yamaha each walked away with victories in the final round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship in Portugal. Althea Racing’s Carlos Checa and Yamaha’s Marco Melandri earned their 15th and fourth victory of the season respectively on Sunday at Portimao, with Checa handing the Manufacturers title to his Ducati squad. The second race concluded with Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty losing third place in the standings to Aprilia’s Max Biaggi, who recovered his podium finish in the series with 4-7 scores after returning from injury.
Race 1
Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea had a good jump on the field during the start of the first race. The Irishman led the opening lap ahead of Liberty Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli, Yamaha’s Marco Melandri, Eugene Laverty and Checa. On Lap 3 Rea’s lead finally broke as Guintoli moved up front to secure the top position. Despite starting from 17th on the grid Aprilia’s Max Biaggi had a decent opening lap as the former champ advanced into eighth behind Kawasaki’s Joan Lascroz. Laverty suffered a major disappointment early in the match when the brakes on his R1 malfunctioned, forcing him into the pit area. Meanwhile Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes and BMW Motorrad’s Leon Haslam were in a battle for eighth as Guintoli looked comfortable up front.

Sylvain Guintoli - Portimao World Superbike 2011
Sylvain Guintoli (#50) had one of his best performances this season in Race 1.

Checa was on a steady march, however, toward the front, the Spaniard getting by Melandri on Lap 11 and Rea just one lap later. Looking quite patient with the championship already in his pocket, Checa bided his time behind Guintoli until striking with three laps remaining.

“It was not easy at all, at the beginning I was struggling because we made a difficult choice about the hard tire,” said Checa. “We knew we would be more consistent at the end, but it was also difficult to overtake Marco and then Johnny, and to catch Guintoli was not easy at all. The win is because we made the right choice, and a good job. I want to dedicate this victory and the championship to Genesio and all the team because they deserve the victory.”

On Lap 17 Lascorz improved his position by passing Melandri for fourth. Biaggi made progress late in the race by getting around Melandri also, pushing the Yamaha rider down to sixth in the process. In the end Checa led a smart assault on the WSB field to claim another victory in the final round. Guintoli finished 2.8 seconds behind, with Rea rounding out the podium. Biaggi continued to improve his place with a pass on Lascorz during the penultimate lap, giving him fourth at the checkers.

Portimao Race 1 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)

Marco Melandri crushed his teammates hopes by taking the lead away and eventually winning the final race of the season.
Marco Melandri crushed his teammate’s hopes by taking the lead away and eventually winning the final race of the season.

2. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
3. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
5. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
6. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
7. Max Berger (Ducati)
8. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
9. Leon Haslam (BMW)
10. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
11. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
12. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
13. Aryton Badovini (BMW)
14. Troy Corser (BMW)
15. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)

Race 2
In the final race of the year Rea had another good start from pole position, but couldn’t hold the lead into the second lap. Laverty, determined not to give up third place in the standings, led the field ahead of Melandri, Rea, Checa and Guintoli during the first few laps. On Lap 3 Biaggi ran off the track and was down in 11th, putting Laverty on pace to secure a top-three finish during his rookie campaign in WSB. The top-six order remained relatively unchanged for the majority of the 22-lap encounter, but with only three laps left things quickly changed.
Laverty’s lead became threatened on Lap 17 as Melandri started to apply tremendous pressure. By the following lap the Italian had overtaken his teammate for the lead as Biaggi recovered from his early run-off in seventh.

Jonathan Rea: It was nice to be able to challenge for victory in both races  although I think in Race 2 it was pretty clear where we were losing out to the others. I felt I rode well and the bike was working great in some sectors  but not in others where we needed it to. This years been such a journey for me  with a lot of ups and downs  so its just great to go into the off season with no injuries and the bike on the podium.
Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea (#4) had back to back podium finishes in the final round.

Despite the Irishman’s best efforts he couldn’t overhaul Melandri, finishing 1.075 seconds behind in second.

“After Race 1 I was a little bit disappointed because we had a tire problem, so in Race 2 I was stronger at the beginning,” Melandri said. “When I saw Eugene in front I tried to catch him and wait a bit. It’s been a great season for me, and to give Yamaha a win in the last race is awesome. I just want to say a big thanks to Maio Meregalli, Marco Riva, all my team and all the Yamaha guys, they did a great job, especially when they knew we were pulling out at the end of the season.”

Rea followed just three-tenths behind to round out the final podium, as Checa and Guintoli crossed the line in fourth and fifth, respectively.
After scores were tabulated it was determined that Biaggi and Laverty had actually tied for third in the championship with 303 points. As a result of Biaggi’s better runner-up record this season the final podium position was given to the former champ.

Portimao Race 2 Results:
1. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
2. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
3. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
4. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
5. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
6. Leon Camier (Aprilia)

Aprilias Max Biaggi barely held on to third overall in the championship after finishing seventh in Race 2.
Aprilia’s Max Biaggi (#1) barely held on to third overall in the championship after finishing seventh in Race 2.

7. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
8. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
9. Aryton Badovini (BMW)
10. Max Berger (Ducati)
11. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
12. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
13. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
14. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
15. Leon Haslam (BMW)
16. Troy Corser (BMW)
DNF Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)

2011 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Carlos Checa, 505
2. Marco Melandri, 395
3. Max Biaggi, 303
4. Eugene Laverty, 303
5. Leon Haslam, 224
6. Sylvain Guintoli, 210
7. Leon Camier, 208
8. Noriyuki Haga, 176
9. Jonathan Rea, 170
10. Aryton Badovini, 165
World Supersport

Yamaha ParkinGO’s Chaz Davies scored his sixth victory of the season on Sunday, leading all 20 laps at Portimao to cross the line 1.25 seconds ahead of Kawasaki Motocard.com’s David Salom. The Brit already claimed the World Supersport title during the last round in France, putting him a full 50 points ahead of Salom. Meanwhile Bogdanka PTR Honda’s James Ellison scored his first podium finish of the season in third, as Yamaha ParkinGO’s Luca Scassa and Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Florian Marino rounded out the top-five finishers in the final contest.

2011 World Supersport Portimao Results:
1. Chaz Davies (Yamaha)
2. David Salom (Kawasaki)
3. James Ellison (Honda)
4. Luca Scassa (Yamaha)
5. Florian Marino (Honda)
6. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha)

Yamaha ParkinGOs Chaz Davies added another win to his championship winning season at Portimao.
Yamaha ParkinGO’s Chaz Davies added another victory to his championship winning season at Portimao.

7. Massimo Roccoli (Kawasaki)
8. Miguel Praia (Honda)
9. Vladmir Leonov (Yamaha)
10. Ben Nemeth (Honda)
11. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Kawasaki)
12. Fabien Foret (Honda)
13. Alexander Lundh (Honda)
14. Gino Rea (Honda)
15. Pawel Szkopek (Honda)

2011 World Supersport Championship Points:
1. Chaz Davies, 206
2. David Salom, 156
3. Fabien Foret, 148
4. Broc Parkes, 136
5. Luca Scassa, 134
6. Sam Lowes, 129
7. James Ellison, 99
8. Florian Marino, 89
9. Roberto Tamburini, 80
10. Massimo Roccoli, 71

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