The Superbike circus stops off at the Misano World Circuit this coming weekend for the sixth round of the World Championship, just two weeks after Salt Lake City’s fifth round.
Team Althea Racing and rider Carlos Checa head to the Misano World Circuit with a 61 point lead in the championship standings, an advantage that was extended thanks to two race wins at the latest Salt Lake round.
Carlos’ best Superbike results came last season with Althea Racing when he achieved a podium and a fifth place finish. Coming right after Carlos’ favourite track Miller, Misano is another track that the Spanish rider enjoys and where he hopes to obtain two strong results this coming weekend. At the same time Althea Racing’s two Superstock riders, Davide Giugliano and Lorenzo Baroni, prepare for the third round of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, taking place this weekend at the same Misano track.
Carlos Checa: “Misano is a strong track for us. We carried out testing here after the Monza race and the results were very positive, very constructive. During those tests we made some improvements to the bike and so I’m feeling very confident ahead of this next race. It will depend on the tyres that will be made available; we’ll see if they provide the same sensation as we had in testing. We know who will be strong, it’s a track where Melandri, Biaggi and Corser go very well – it will undoubtedly be a close race! I’m hoping for good weather as, after the unstable conditions at Miller, it would be nice to race in the sun.”
Checa’s Superbike form at Misano:
- 2010: Race 1- 2nd, Race 2 – 5th
- 2009: Race 1 – 11th, Race 2 – 5th
- 2008: Race 1 – 5th, Race 2 – 8th
Circuit: Misano World Circuit
Length: 4.226 km
Pole Position: left
Race distance: 24 laps/101.424 km
- Best lap – Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’36.546 (2010)
- Superpole – Corser (BMW) 1’35.001 (2010)
2010 Race Results
- Race 1 – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia); 2. Checa (Ducati); 3. Corser (BMW).
- Race 2 – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 2. Haslam (Suzuki); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati)
[Press Release Courtesy of Althea Racing]
Carlos Checa and the Althea Ducati team are not in the position that they want to be in for tomorrow’s World Superbike race at Monza. Checa failed to advance to the final super pole session, and will start tomorrow from the 11th spot on the grid.
Checa finished more than a second behind Max Biaggi, who set a new lap record at the Monza circuit this morning during the qualifying rounds.
“It’s not easy here for us,” Checa said. “We know that we are lacking some speed but tomorrow I think that if I can improve through the first sector we can defend ourselves well. Of course it wouldn’t be very realistic to think we can reach the podium but I am confident that we can stay with the front group and we’ll try to take the best possible results. It’s hard to say how we’ll finish but I’ll do my best as always and we’ll see.”
Checa has won four of the first six races so far this season and currently leads the series by 43 points ahead of Max Biaggi.
[Photo Courtesy of Althea Ducati]
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com
Carlos Checa was the fastest once again around the World Superbike track at Phillip Island. Checa was the fastest during the first day of testing, setting the track record with a 1’30.58 lap time. Checa continued to set the pace at Phillip Island on day two, although lap times were slightly slower across the board.
The World Superbike season starts this weekend at Phillip Island, and the Althea Ducati rider has proven that he’s the man to beat. Not only did Checa have a fantastic session at Phillip Island, but he also took home a race win in Australia last year.
The top five finishers today were unable to improve their times from day one. 2010 World Superbike champion Max Biaggi was one of few riders to post a better lap on two, but Biaggi still only managed a sixth place finish.
Jonathan Rea, who finished third overall during the testing session, was taken to the hospital after a crash. Rea was taken to the hospital to have x-rays on his wrist. No word on the condition of his injury, but with just a few days before the start of the World Superbike season, Rea could struggle to see the grid on Sunday.
World Superbike Combined Testing Times From Phillip Island
- Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1’30.578
- Guintoli S. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 1’31.196
- Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’31.206
- Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1’31.654
- Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’31.866
- Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.870
- Fabrizio M. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.113
- Melandri M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 1’32.122
- Laverty E. (IRL) Yamaha YZF R1 1’32.137
- Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.272
- Haga N. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’32.299
- Waters J. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.394
- Xaus R. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.405
- Haslam L. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.413
- 52 Toseland J. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.880
- Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.994
- Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 1’33.233
- Staring B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.398
- Yanagawa A. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.432
- Berger M. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 1’33.485
- Rolfo R. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.514
- Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’33.560
- Aitchison M. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.721
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com