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Checa avenges '10 trouble with '11 double
30 May 2011
Twelve months after he was denied a double World Superbike victory at Miller Motorsports Park by mechanical problems, Carlos Checa was able to finish what he started by completing his second win of the day.
Continuing his magnificent record at Miller Motorsports Park, Checa – a double winner for Ten Kate Honda in 2008 -, gave his rivals scant opportunity to challenge him as a good start from pole position and a bit of late braking saw him emerge from the long turn one left-hander with the lead.
As riders jostled for position behind him, Checa already had air between himself and Leon Camier, who pulled off a remarkable start from 11th position on the grid to dive up the inside at turn one and grab second.
Better starts for the Yamaha riders saw Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri finish lap one in third and fourth, with Aprilia duo Noriyuki Haga and Max Biaggi in fifth and sixth.
From here the race would prove fairly processional, Checa swiftly working a comfortable margin between himself and Camier. Indeed, though Camier was lapping fast enough to creep away from the chasing pack, it wasn't enough to challenge Checa.
Stung by his dramatic exit from race one, Biaggi began to make headway, passing both Haga and Melandri for fourth on the run to turn one on lap two, before pulling the same pass on Laverty for third on lap six.
Biaggi promptly gave chase to his Aprilia Alitalia team-mate but wasn't able to bring the gap down to anything less than 1.5secs.
Checa, meanwhile, was clear, regularly lapping comfortably faster than his rivals as he cruised to the double that many feel he and Althea Ducati should have been celebrating in 2010.
Wins five and six also help Checa establish a sizeable margin over the Melandri and Biaggi in the overall standings, the Spaniard now 61 points adrift after just ten races.
Camier held on for a much needed season-best result in second, the Briton completing a good points' haul on a weekend that threatened to be hampered by his qualifying accident. Biaggi bounced back for third, the Italian still win-less after five events.
Though it didn't scale the heights of his double Monza win, Laverty cemented his new high of fourth in the standings with fourth place at the chequered flag, the Irishman just holding off a charging Michel Fabrizio, who put in an excellent ride from 15th on the grid to fifth position at the chequered flag.
Melandri clings onto second in the standings – still by just a single point over Biaggi – after another fairly low key run to sixth, marginally ahead of race one podium winners Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz, the Effenbert-Liberty pair unable to replicate that pace in race two.
Another top ten finish for satellite rider Ayrton Badovini pales slightly into significance by the fact he was once again the fastest BMW rider. Indeed, despite a poor start, the Italian worked his way up to an eventual ninth position, while Leon Haslam floundered in a lowly 13th and Troy Corser crashed out.
An entertaining scrap for tenth went the way of Tom Sykes, who got the better of Jonathan Rea, the Ulsterman running well early on but dropping off the pace as the race wore on.
Joan Lascorz passed Haslam late on to score a handful of points in 12th, while Maxime Berger and Josh Waters completed the points' paying positions.
Elsewhere, Corser was joined off the circuit – at the same corner on the same lap – by Ruben Xaus, though their accidents were unconnected. Haga, who was running fifth, also suffered a costly tumble. Having scored a point for 15th in race one, James Toseland didn't start the second race.