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2011 World Superbike - Magny-Cours Photo Gallery

See photos from Round 12 of the 2011 World Superbike Series at the Magny-Cours circuit in France.

Leon Camier - 2011 World Superbike Magny-Cours Friday Practice
Michel Fabrizio: "Today was a bit disappointing because I knew I could go faster, but was unable to do so. Throughout the day I had problems with the front end of my bike. I couldn't get it to turn properly and I also had a problem getting it to stop. I had a small tumble in this morning's session when the front tucked under, but I was uninjured and able to ride the bike back to the pits."
Jonathan Rea: "It was quite difficult this afternoon because I was in and out of the garage quite a lot, trying to sort out little issues. We found a bit of rhythm towards the end of the session though and the bike felt OK, although we’re still struggling a little in one sector."
Leon Haslam: "This day was pretty good. We tried a few different options on the rear tires for the race distance. It is not easy to find a good set-up for this circuit, so we worked on that. The lap times are not too bad at the moment. We are only three tenths off the quickest time, and I lose a lot of time in just one corner. Tomorrow if we can rectify the issue that we have in that one corner, then we should be somewhere close to the front.”
Eugene Laverty is 25 points behind Max Biaggi and may overtake the Italian for third in the series this weekend.
Marco Melandri: "Today wasn’t a bad day even if we didn’t end the session with a good result. It was a day I spent getting to know the track and the various sectors and having used little rubber I think there is plenty of room for improvement."
Broc Parkes was in the middle of a Kawasaki dominated session after finishing more than half a second behind Massimo Roccoli and just 0.088 seconds ahead of David Salom.
Jonathan Rea - 2011 World Superbike Magny-Cours Friday Qualifying
Tom Sykes: "Now we have proved we can go well in the wet and we are getting there in the dry, so I am quite happy to go forward to France and pick up where we left off - which is consistently in the top four or five."
Carlos Checa was just 0.012 seconds faster than Eugene Laverty on Friday at the Magny-Cours circuit in France.
Carlos Checa: "We thought that we’d be able to fight for a position on the front row and we managed to do that today."
World Superbike rookie Eugene Laverty earned his sixth front row start of the season at Magny-Cours.
Broc Parkes claimed his second consecutive pole after defeating Luca Scassa by just 0.002 seconds in the charts.
Castrol Honda's Jonathan Rea nabbed the Superpole victory in France ahead of Eugene Laverty and Carlos Checa.
Carlos Checa posted his fifth double victory of the season at Magny-Cours to claim the world championship in France.
Yamaha's Marco Melandri overcame an eighth-place start on the grid to finish second in both races.
BMW Motorrad's Leon Haslam secured his third podium finish of the season in Race 1.
Yamaha's Eugene Laverty moved into the top-three in the championship after two more top-five finishes in France.
Castrol Honda's Jonathan Rea leaves France with two DNFs after suffering more technical problems with his bike.
Chaz Davies: "It's been an amazing season and it has taken me 15 long years to get me where I am now. There are so many emotions hitting me all at once, I've worked towards this all my life and I still believe I am now in this position."
Althea Racing's Carlos Checa is officially the 2011 World Superbike Champion!
Carlos Checa: "When I crossed the line it was a great feeling, an explosion of emotion because I knew what it meant. This is the best moment of my career and the best moment of my life."
Carlos Checa - 2011 World Superbike Magny-Cours
Marco Melandri had two come from behind performances in France and will join Leon Haslam at BMW Motorrad in 2012.
Jonathan Rea suffered an ignition sensor failure in the second race which resulted in his second DNF of the day.
Eugene Laverty - 2011 World Superbike Magny-Cours
Leon Haslam - 2011 World Superbike Magny-Cours
Newly crowned Superstock 1000 rider Davide Giugliano is expected to join Carlos Checa at Althea Racing in 2012.
Joan Lascorz: "I used the same type of tire in both races but the tire was used up more in Race 2. I moved up a bit in the championship and that was good. Overall this weekend had been less difficult than at some other circuits but the second race was definitely more difficult for me."
Tom Sykes: "Magny-Cours is probably my worst circuit on the calendar but we were right in there in almost all the sessions so that is a positive thing to take away."