Live Updates From Miller Motorsports Park: World Superbike Race 2

max_biaggi_down_turn_1The World Superbike riders are just about ready for their second race of the day. Carlos Checa took the first win with ease, but against a depreciated field. Max Biaggi, Jonathan Rea, Ruben Xaus, and Michel Fabrizio all crashed during the opening race.

Checa will have a target on his back during the second race, as the World Superbike grid will try to limit Checa’s point take from Miller Motorsports Park.

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The umbrella girls are out. The photographers and journalists are on the track waiting for the World Superbike riders to take to the grid.

Racing should begin in just a few minutes.

The World Superbike riders are off on their sighting lap. The second World Superbike race from Miller will be starting soon.

The sun is out in Utah. The AMA races saw a very slight drizzle, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue for the WSBK riders.

The World Superbike riders are back on the grid.

Biaggi has something to prove today. Biaggi took both wins in 2010 but did not finish the first race this weekend. Biaggi will be coming out with the vengeance during race 2.

And they’re off!!!!

Checa jumps out to an early lead.

Checa really got a good jump. Checa has a second gap and the first lap isn’t even over.

Checa – Camier – Laverty – Melandri – Haga – Biaggi – Rea – Corser – Guintoli – Sykes

Lap 2: Checa sets the pace with a 1’48.9 lap time.

Four riders are now lapping under 1’50. Checa, Camier, Laverty, and Biaggi all put in sub 1’50 laps.

Rider down!

Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga go down. Both riders are up and ok.

Lap 3: Checa – Camier – Laverty – Biaggi – Melandri – Guintoli – Rea – Fabrizio – Sykes – Smrz

Laverty has extended the gap to 2 seconds with another festest lap. Checa drops his time down to 1’48.82.

Checa keeps extending the gap. Camier also has a good deal of space before third place rider Laverty. Laverty, on the other hand, is fending off Biaggi for third.

Biaggi hits 194 mph down the straight, and overtakes Laverty for third place.

Biaggi has two seconds to Camier, and 6 to race leader Carlos Checa.

Lap 7: Checa – Camier – Biaggi – Laverty – Melandri – Guintoli – Fabrizio – Rea – Sykes – Smrz

Checa is holding a comfortable lead up front. Checa has four and a half seconds ahead of Camier.

Checa is still hitting the gas. Adds another half second to his lead. Max Biaggi is closing in on Leon Camier.

Lap 9: Checa – Camier – Biaggi – Laverty – Melandri

The top four riders are pretty spaced out, but Meldnari, Guintoli, Fabrizio and Rea are really fighting over fifth place.

Checa has 5.5 seconds ahead of Camier. Camier has 1.8 seconds ahead of Biaggi.

Checa, Camier, Biaggi, and Fabrizio all lapping below 1’50. Biaggi still has the fastest bike on the track, consistently hitting 194 mph on the straight.

10 laps to go. Checa has 6.2 seconds ahead of the competition.

Lap 13: Checa – Camier – Biaggi – Laverty – Fabrizio – Melandri – Guintoli – Smrz – Rea – Sykes

Lap 14: Carlos Checa still holds a 6 second lead. Biaggi can’t seem to find a way to catch Camier and still sits two seconds back.

Lap 16: The riders up front remain unchanged. Checa leads the way ahead of Camier, Biaggi, Laverty, and Fabrizio.

Rea, Badovini, and Sykes are riding wheel to wheel, with multiple passes throughout lap 17.

Lap 18: Checa extends his lead to 7 seconds. Biaggi is now three seconds behind Camier. It doesn’t look like any one is going to be challenge for the podium.

The big battle in the race is for 8th place. Smrz, Badovini, and Rea are really going at it.

Sykes overtakes Rea for the last spot in the top 10.

Lap 19: Checa – Camier – Biaggi – Laverty – Fabrizio – Melandri – Guintoli – Smrz – Badovini – Sykes

Final lap.

Checa has nearly 8 seconds over Camier.

Checa pops the wheelie down the final stretch as he crosses the finish line for his second win of the weekend.

Checa wins!

Checa cruises to his second victory and his second double of the season.

World Superbike Race 2 results:

  1. Checa
  2. Camier
  3. Biaggi
  4. Laverty
  5. Fabrizio
  6. Melandri
  7. Guintoli
  8. Smrz
  9. Badovini
  10. Sykes

Full race report to follow.

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World Superbike: Race Results From Race 2 at Monza

Laverty_Does_the_DoubleEugene Laverty has done the double. Laverty won his first career World Superbike race this morning around the Italian circuit, and now the Irish rider has claimed victory number two.

Laverty’s victory came after a controversial drive-thru penalty was given to Max Biaggi. Biaggi was leading by more than 5 seconds at the time of the penalty. It is the second time this season that Biaggi has missed out on big points due to a rule violation.

With Max Biaggi out of the running, Eugene Laverty and his teammate Marco Melandri engaged in an intense struggle at the front. Melandri led for the majority of the race, but a last lap mistake gave Laverty just enough room to squeeze by for the win.

The third place battle was equally intense, as Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga fought for the final spot on the podium. Fabrizio came out on top, beating Haga by .1 seconds.

Max Biaggi eventually recovered to score an 8th place finish, two spots ahead of Carlos Checa, who was able to maintain the season lead after two mediocre finishes at Monza.

Checa leads the series with 145, followed by Melandri with 118 and Biaggi with 117. Laverty’s double puts him into fifth place with 85 points behind Jonathan Rea with 89.

World Superbike – Race 2 Results – Monza

  1. Eugene Laverty
  2. Marco Melandri
  3. Michel Fabrizio
  4. Noriyuki Haga
  5. Troy Corser
  6. Ayrton Badovini
  7. Sylvain Guintoli
  8. Max Biaggi
  9. Joan Lascorz
  10. Carlos Checa

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Carlos Checa: Not Realistic to Think We’ll Reach the Podium

carlos_checa_at_monzaCarlos 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]

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Biaggi Looks to Monza to Make Up Points

max_biaggi_before_monzaMax Biaggi has been on the podium four times so far this season, but he is still more than 40 points behind Carlos Checa. But this weekend Biaggi will head to Monza, a track where he has seen great success, and where Checa has faltered.

Max Biaggi scored a double at the Monza event in 2010. The Monza circuit, which is the quickest track in the 2011 World Superbike schedule, fits the racing style of both Biaggi and his Aprilia RSV4, making it a prime opportunity to close the gap to the top.

“This Championship is a no-holds-barred battle,” Biaggi said. “There is no room for mistakes because you pay a high price for each and every one. The first three races are enough to prove that.

Biaggi was disqualified from the second race at Donnington Park, and he is still feeling the effects on the leader board.

“We know that we can be competitive at Monza, but the extremely high level of our rivals must not make us lose our focus. We need to recover points and we have plenty of potential to be able to do so, even the Assen round showed that.

“We are racing with the number “one” on our fairing so our objective can be nothing less than victory. Racing in Italy in front of my supporters, will obviously give me a little more charge. I’m sure the Monza fans will give us a warm welcome and my fan-club will make it an even more special weekend for me, as they always do.”

Carlos Checa currently leads the series by 43 points, but he could have some trouble this weekend. Checa has never earned a top 5 finish at Monza, and last year he finished outside of the top 10.

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Checa Tallies Another Win at Assen

carlos_checa_assenCarlos Checa was able to extend his points lead today by claiming his fourth win of the 2011 World Superbike season. Checa was able to hold off 2010 Champion Max Biaggi for the race win.

It was the second runner up finish for Biaggi of the day, and it happened in very similar fashion. Biaggi had the advantage on the straightaways, but lost time in the corners. The battle between Biaggi and Checa came down to the final lap, but Checa was able to best his rival by .5 seconds.

Jonathan Rea, who won the first race of the day, would take the final step on the podium ahead of Leon Camier.

After 6 races and 6 podium finishes, Carlos Checa is the clear points leader. Checa has 132 points on the board, 43 points more than his closest competitor, Max Biaggi. Marco Melandri, who did not finish the second race in Assen, maintains his third place position, but a solid weekend by Jonathan Rea cuts the battle for third down to just 6 points.

World Superbike – Race 2 Results – Assen

  1. C. Checa – 35’38.693
  2. M. Biaggi – 35’39.217
  3. J. Rea – 35’42.277
  4. L. Camier – 35’44.606
  5. L. Haslam – 35’55.609
  6. E. Laverty – 35’56.068
  7. M. Fabrizio – 35’56.433
  8. N. Haga – 35’57.022
  9. J. Smrz – 35’57.071
  10. S. Guintoli – 35’57.0

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