Six races in and World Superbike Championship 2011 is already looking like Carlos Checa's to lose, the Spaniard having opened up a 43 point gap at the top of the standings.
Indeed, Checa has now almost doubled his WSBK career victory tally in just three weekends – compared to three seasons -, the Spaniard putting in an almost faultless performance at Assen, distinguished by his bold pass for the win on Biaggi with just a lap to go.
Nonetheless, Checa wasn't the only star from Assen, the Althea Ducati man sharing the victory spoils with Jonathan Rea, who made a welcome return to the winners' circle after a measured ride that was in contrast to a fairly stressful opening two rounds.
Biaggi can also be pleased with two second place finishes, though he was consistently out-classed by Checa over the course of the weekend.
Elsewhere, Leon Camier showed front-running pace but his progress was stunted by a mid-field grid position and a mechanical issue that ruled him out of race one before it had even started. Despite this, the Aprilia rider is showing encouraging pace this year – when his health and bike allows.
Leon Haslam put in a sterling ride for fifth in race two, while Michel Fabrizio was also an impressive top five finisher from the mid-pack.
Of course, the best rides don't always occur at the front of the field… He may not command much air time, but a top ten finish for WSBK rookie Mark Aitchison on the unheralded Pedercini Kawasaki was significant for two reasons – it was Pedercini's best finish since 2008 and the Australian also finished ahead of the factory Kawasaki riders…
Chaz Davies also warrants a mention for his excellent ride in the World Supersport Championship, the Welshman keeping his head while those around him were losing theirs.
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