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Magny-Cours World Superbike Results 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011
Carlos Checa posted his fifth double victory of the season at Magny-Cours to claim the world championship in France.
Carlos Checa posted his fifth double victory of the season at Magny-Cours to claim the world championship in France.
The 2011 World Superbike crown was officially bestowed to Althea Racing’s Carlos Checa on Sunday after the 39-year-old Spaniard snagged another double victory. Earning his 13th and 14th victories of the season, Checa has become the first Spaniard to win a WSB title. Meanwhile Yamaha’s Marco Melandri put up a fight in both contests to record back to back second-place finishes despite not getting a great start to his weekend. BMW’s Leon Haslam and Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty also had noteworthy performances in both races, with Haslam earning a podium finish in Race 1 aboard his BMW S1000RR.

Race 1
 
Laverty had a terrific start to the first race and led during the opening lap ahead of Aprilia’s Leon Camier, Checa, Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes, Liberty Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli and Melandri. Meanwhile Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea flubbed the start, dropping him back to seventh just ahead of Pata Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga. Kawasaki’s Mark Aithison was the first casualty of the round after the Aussie high-sided and had to limp off track. Just two laps later Liberty Racing’s Jakub Smrz also hit the mat, forcing the Czech rider out. As Laverty and Camier went
Yamahas Marco Melandri overcame an eighth-place start on the grid to finish second in both races.
Yamaha's Marco Melandri overcame an eighth-place start on the grid to finish second in both races.
about separating themselves from the rest of the pack, Checa became involved in a tense battle for third with Sykes. By Lap 3 Checa had fended off the attacks of Sykes and began pressuring Camier for runner-up, which he quickly secured. Just one lap later Rea’s campaign in the first race ended with a crash back in 12th.

"I got completely out of rhythm after I thought I’d jumped the start," said Rea. "Actually, when we checked the wheel speeds, it turned out that it wasn’t a jump start – it was just a short movement, but I got swamped in the pack. I was out of my rhythm then and ended up making a stupid mistake over a curb."
 
Halfway into the race Checa was staring down Laverty as Guintoli had managed his way around Sykes for fourth. Haslam had also made tremendous progress after a difficult start, and by Lap 10 the Brit was challenging Guintoli for fourth. Just a lap later Checa shot ahead of Laverty for the lead. Meanwhile Melandri began picking up the pace in the second half and made passes on Guintoli and Camier to positon himself inside the top-five.
 
After making his pass on Laverty, Checa held on for the win more than two seconds ahead of Melandri, who overcame Haslam and Laverty with just two laps to go. Haslam recorded a podium finish for only the third time this season, while Camier took advantage of Laverty’s slowing pace near the end to take fourth more than a second ahead of the Irishman.

Magny-Cours Race 1 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
BMW Motorrads Leon Haslam secured his third podium finish of the season in Race 1.
BMW Motorrad's Leon Haslam (#91) secured his third podium finish of the season in Race 1.

3. Leon Haslam (BMW)
4. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
5. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
6. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
7. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
8. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
9. Troy Corser (BMW}
10. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
11. Javier Fores (BMW)
12. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
13. Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
DNF Max Berger (Ducati)
DNF Jonathan Rea (Honda)
DNF Aryton Badovini (BMW)
DNF Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
DNF Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)

Race 2

Pole-sitter Rea had a much better start in the second contest as he led the field into the first turn ahead of Laverty, Camier, Checa, Haga, Guintoli and Haslam. It was a slow start for Melandri, however, who was running back in eighth during the opening lap as Checa overtook Camier to move up to third. Just two laps later Camier fought his way back into third place as Checa ran wide and dropped back to fifth behind Haga. On Lap 6 Rea made a mistake which opened the door for Laverty, who quickly pounced to secure the lead from the Irishman.
 
Meanwhile Checa was busy working his way through the field again with passes on Haga and Camier. By Lap 9 the Spaniard was up to third and making ground on Rea. When Checa caught up with Rea he quickly passed him
Yamahas Eugene Laverty moved into the top-three in the championship after two more top-five finishes in France.
Yamaha's Eugene Laverty moved into the top-three in the championship after two more top-five finishes in France.
and set his sights on Laverty. Shortly afterward the day ended in heartache for Rea as more technical gremlins aboard his CBR1000RR forced him out of the race early.

"I thought I’d follow Carlos back up to Eugene and he’d pull us clear, but we had another silly little electrical malfunction," said Rea. "Of course it’s disappointing, for both myself and the team."
 
One lap later Checa was riding Laverty’s rear wheel as Melandri moved up to third because of Rea being forced out. On Lap 14 Checa got around Laverty for the lead. In the end Checa never looked back and pulled off a spectacular performance following his early troubles in the race.

"I am experiencing so many emotions and must admit that it was very difficult to keep my concentration in the final stages of Race 1," Checa said. "Then, in Race 2, I tried to race as fast as I could, doing what I like to do best, and was able to win once more. Now we can relax and relish in this unforgetable moment.”

Melandri once again showcased his comeback ability by passing his teammate on the final lap for second. Despite losing runner-up in the final minutes, Laverty officially overtook Aprilia’s Max Biaggi in the standings to move within the top-three in the championship. Meanwhile Haslam and Guintoli rounded out the top-five finishers in fourth and fifth, respectively.
 
Even though the title has already been settled several close battles still remain. The final round of the championship takes place October 16 at the Portimao circuit in Portugal.

Magny-Cours Race 2 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
3. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
4. Leon Haslam (BMW)
5. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
Castrol Hondas Jonathan Rea leaves France with two DNFs after suffering more technical problems with his bike.
Castrol Honda's Jonathan Rea leaves France with two DNFs after suffering more technical problems with his bike.

6. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
7. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
8. Aryton Badovini (BMW)
9. Troy Corser (BMW)
10. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
11. Javier Fores (BMW)
12. Max Berger (Ducati)
DNF Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
DNF Jonathan Rea (Honda)
DNF Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)
DNF Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
DNF Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)

2011 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Carlos Checa, 467
2. Marco Melandri, 360
3. Eugene Laverty, 283
4. Max Biaggi, 281
5. Leon Haslam, 216
6. Leon Camier, 194
7. Sylvain Guintoli, 179
8. Noriyuki Haga, 170
9. Aryton Badovini, 155
10. Michel Fabrizio, 145
 
World Supersport
 
Yamaha ParkinGO’s Chaz Davies officially wrapped up the World Supersport title a round early in France. Despite finishing more than five seconds behind his teammate, Luca Scassa, Davies claimed his first-ever world title after debuting in the class just two years ago aboard a Triumph. Parkalgar Honda’s Sam Lowes finished second in the contest to Scassa after successfully defending his position from Kawasaki Motocard.com’s Broc Parkes.
 
“Scassa passed me at the end and set a good pace that I was not able to match,” said Lowes. “We got second place which I have to be happy with, but we really want to win and we will work to try and do that in Portugal.”
 
Meanwhile Parkes’ Kawasaki teammate, David Salom, finished fourth less than a tenth of a second behind, with Bogdanka PTR Honda’s James Ellison rounding out the top-five finishers in France.

2011 World Supersport Magny-Cours Results:
1. Luca Scassa (Yamaha)
Chaz Davies: Its 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  Ive worked towards this all my life and I still believe I am now in this position.
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."

2. Sam Lowes (Honda)
3. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki)
4. David Salom (Kawasaki)
5. James Ellison (Honda)
6. Chaz Davies (Yamaha)
7. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha)
8. Fabien Foret (Honda)
9. Florian Marino (Honda)
10. Ronan Quarmby (Triumph)
11. Ben Nemeth (Honda)
12. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Kawasaki)
13. Miguel Praia (Honda)
14. Alexander Lundh (Honda)
15. Louis Bulle (Yamaha)

2011 World Supersport Championship Points:
1. Chaz Davies, 181
2. Fabien Foret, 144
3. Broc Parkes, 136
4. David Salom, 136
5. Sam Lowes, 129
6. Luca Scassa, 121
7. James Ellison, 83
8. Florian Marino, 78
9. Roberto Tamburini, 70
10. Gino Rea, 67
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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
A former MotoGP rider and British Superbike competitor, Sylvain Guintoli now has his sights on the World SBK championship with Aprilia Racing. Read more on the Sylvain Guintoli bio page.
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
Former British Superbike champion Leon Camier rode for Crescent Suzuki during the 2012 and 2013 World SBK seasons aboard a GSX-R1000. Learn more on the Leon Camier bio page.
Michel Fabrizio
Since leaving Ducati Xerox in 2010 Michel Fabrizio has struggled finding results in World Superbike, but the Italian aims to rekindle his former success with Team Grillini in 2014. Learn more on Motorcycle USA's Michel Fabrizio bio page for career highlights, pictures, and news.

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AnthonyD   October 3, 2011 10:34 AM
You guys think Chaz will move up a class?