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Silverstone World Superbike Results 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Carlos Checa  #7  earned two more wins at the Silverstone circuit to open up his lead again in the championship.
Carlos Checa (#7) earned two more wins at the Silverstone circuit to open up his lead again in the championship.
Althea Racing’s Carlos Checa returned to his former glory by snagging his fourth double win of the 2011 World Superbike season at Silverstone. The Spaniard robbed Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty from taking victory at his home track in both contests, with Yamaha teammate Marco Melandri finishing on the podium in third to keep the championship tight behind Aprilia’s Max Biaggi. Wild-card entry John Hopkins had two decent performances in his short WSB stint with Samsung Crescent Suzuki, the American finishing fifth and seventh respectively during the two races in Great Britain.

Race 1

In the first race Laverty had a great start and was leading the field ahead of Hopkins, Noriyuki Haga, Checa, Melandri and Leon Haslam. It was a short race for Alstare Suzuki’s Michel Fabrizio after the Italian crashed out on the opening lap. Meanwhile Hopkins battled early with Haga and was eventually passed by the Japanese rider while Checa continued to push ahead from fourth place. On Lap 4 Checa passed Hopkins for third, and on the following lap the Spaniard also moved ahead of Haga. Just six laps into the event Checa darted into the lead ahead of Laverty. After falling back to sixth Haga crashed out roughly halfway into the contest. Up front Checa was beginning to open up an advantage while Laverty continued to hold the runner-up position.
 
In the end Checa never let up until the checkers, taking his ninth win of the season more than three seconds ahead of the field to return his satellite Ducati 1098R to the top step. Laverty’s second place came under threat late in the race by Camier, who got around Hopkins on Lap 10. The Brit’s full attack on the Irishman never materialized, however, as Camier suffered mechanical troubles with his Aprilia which let him down in the final three laps. Replacing Camier in the final podium position was Melandri, who ran in the top-five for the entire race before passing on Lap 12. Haslam missed the podium on his BMW S1000RR by 2.8 seconds, with wild-card rider Hopkins earning fifth to round out the top-five. One of the big disappointments of the first race was Biaggi, who started the race in eighth but eventually dropped back to 11th. He finished outside the top-10 and faces another uphill battle in the second race with a difficult start.

Yamahas Eugene Laverty used his start on the front row to fight for two runner-up finishes at Silverstone.
Yamaha's Eugene Laverty used his start on the front row to fight for two runner-up finishes at Silverstone.
Silverstone Race 1 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
3. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
4. Leon Haslam (BMW)
5. John Hopkins (Suzuki)
6. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
7. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
8. Max Berger (Ducati)
9. Troy Corser (BMW)
10. Aryton Badovini (BMW)
11. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
12. James Toseland (BMW)
13. Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
14. Jon Kirkham (Suzuki)
15. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
DNF Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
DNF Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
DNF Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)

Race 2
 
In the second match Laverty once again took to the front early only to be outgunned by Checa. With Laverty, Camier, Hopkins, Biaggi and Melandri running second through sixth, respectively, Checa opened his lead again to stay out of reach. Instead of Laverty battling with Camier for the
Marco Melandri held back Max Biaggi in Race 2 to claim a well-earned podium spot in third.
Marco Melandri held back Max Biaggi in Race 2 to claim a well-earned podium spot in third.
runner-up position, this time around it was Melandri’s turn to duel with Biaggi and his British teammate for the final podium spot. After Melandri and Biaggi got around Hopkins on Lap 12, the two Italians went after Camier. During the battle Melandri and Biaggi made multiple passes on each other for third. With the white flag out Biaggi made one last push for the podium, but the WSB rookie held off the seasoned vet for his second podium of the day.
 
Checa of course grabbed another victory, scoring the 301st win for Ducati while stretching his lead in the series to 62 points. Despite losing his battle with Melandri, it was a much better race for Biaggi after the defending champ recovered from his 11th-place finish in Race 1. Camier once again was bumped off the podium after being passed by Melandri and then a few laps later by Biaggi. Following his two runner-up finishes in Round 9, Laverty edged a few points closer in the standings to Melandri, the two now separated by 64 points.

Silverstone Race 2 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
3. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
5. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
6. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
7. John Hopkins (Suzuki)
8. Leon Haslam (BMW)
9. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
In the final laps of Race 2 Max Biaggi  #1  denied teammate Leon Camier  #2  fourth place with a decisive pass.
In the final laps of Race 2 Max Biaggi (#1) denied teammate Leon Camier (#2) fourth place with a decisive pass.

10. Aryton Badovini (BMW)
11. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
12. Max Berger (Ducati)
13. James Toseland (BMW)
14. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)
15. Jon Kirkham (Suzuki)
DNF Troy Corser (BMW)
DNF Alexander Lowes (Honda)
DNF Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
DNF Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)

2011 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Carlos Checa, 343
2. Max Biaggi, 281
3. Marco Melandri, 272
4. Eugene Laverty, 208
5. Leon Haslam, 158
6. Leon Camier, 146
7. Michel Fabrizio, 141
8. Ayrton Badovini, 118
9. Sylvain Guintoli, 109
10. Noriyuki Haga, 99

World Supersport

Yamaha ParkinGO’s Chaz Davies captured a well-earned win at his home circuit after a race-long battle with Kawasaki Motocard.com’s David Salom. His fourth win of the season, Davies finished just more than a second ahead of Salom and now leads the World Supersport Championship by 42 points with only four rounds left. Ten Kate Honda’s Fabien Foret snagged third across the line 2.449 seconds behind Davies.
 
Step Racing Honda’s Gino Rea was running in the top-five for most of the race. On the penultimate lap the Brit was trying to get around Foret for the final podium spot, but a slide into the gravel resulted in a finish outside the top-10. Bike Service R.T. Yamaha’s Roberto Tamburini overcame a big crash in last year’s competition at Silverstone with a solid ride for fourth. Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki’s Massimo Roccoli rounded out the top-five finishers more than 11 seconds off the pace, with Kawasaki’s Broc Parkes posting sixth. Early in the contest Parkalgar Honda’s Sam Lowes collided with Rea and went down, unable to restart.

2011 World Supersport Silverstone Results:
1. Chaz Davies (Yamaha)
2. David Salom (Kawasaki)
3. Fabien Foret (Honda)
4. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha)
5. Massimo Roccoli (Kawasaki)
6. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki)
David Salom - World Supersport qualifying at Silverstone 2011
David Salom lost a race-long battle to Chaz Davies in World Supersport and now trails by 42 points in the series.

7. Balazs Nemeth (Honda)
8. Miguel Praia (Honda)
9. Florian Marino (Honda)
10. James Ellison (Honda)
11. Gino Rea (Honda)
12. Luca Scassa (Yamaha)
13. Alex Lundh (Honda)
14. Ronan Quarmby (Triumph)
15. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Kawasaki)

2011 World Supersport Championship Points:
1. Chaz Davies, 146
2. David Salom, 104
3. Fabien Foret, 101
4. Broc Parkes, 95
5. Luca Scassa, 83
6. Sam Lowes, 73
7. Gino Rea, 62
8. Robbin Harms, 59
9. Roberto Tamburini, 56
10. Massimo Roccoli, 51
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Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes earned his first World Superbike championship title in 2013 and he returns with Kawasaki in 2014 to try for the top-spot once again. Read more on the Tom Sykes bio page.
Leon Haslam
Son of the legendary Ron Haslam, Leon Haslam is poised to make his own mark on motorcycle racing history as a leading contender for the World Superbike Championship. Read more on the Leon Haslam bio page for career highlights, pictures, and news.
Eugene Laverty
Following a successful stint in World Supersport which included back-to-back runner-up finishes, Eugene Laverty is quickly building a reputation in the premier world championship. Learn more about the Irishman on the Eugene Laverty bio page.
Jonathan Rea
One of the numerous crossovers to World SBK from the British Superbike series, Jonathan Rea will be leading the Pata Honda charge once again in 2014. Learn more about Jonathan Rea on the Jonathan Rea bio page.
Marco Melandri
A multi-GP winner, Marco Melandri is chasing the 2014 World Superbike series title with Aprilia Racing. Read more on the Marco Melandri bio page.
Sylvain Guintoli
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Chaz Davies
After making a name for himself in the 250 MotoGP series and winning the 2011 World Supersport Championship, Chaz Davies has become a well-known fixture in World Superbike.
Toni Elias
Fresh off winning the 2010 Moto2 Championship, Toni Elias is making his return to the premier class with LCR Honda for 2011.
Leon Camier
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