When Checa and Biaggi were team-mates

When Checa and Biaggi were team-mates...
Following round three of the 2011 World Superbike Championship, at Assen, Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi are now first and second in the standings.

At 38 (Checa) and 39 (Biaggi) years old, the pair are among the most experienced on the WSBK grid. Both also spent much of the world championship careers in grand prix racing - and were team-mates at the Factory Yamaha 500cc/MotoGP Team from 1999-2002.

Ahead of what looks like being a 2011 championship battle between the pair, the below table shows how they compared as team-mates.

At Yamaha, Biaggi clearly had the upper hand over Checa on both the 500cc two-stroke (1999-2001) and 990cc four-stroke (2002).

In races that they both finished as team-mates, Checa beat Biaggi on twelve occasions.

However, so far in 2011, it is Carlos and Althea Ducati that hold a 43 point lead over Aprilia's reigning WSBK champion Biaggi.

Biaggi was a four-time world champion in 250cc grand prix racing, while Checa is yet to win a world title in any class. Will that change in 2011?

Checa v Biaggi: 1999-2002
Wins: Checa (0) - Biaggi (8)
Podiums: Checa (12) - Biaggi (28)
Poles: Checa (1) - Biaggi (17)
Points (total): Checa (558) - Biaggi (798)
Best championship position: Checa (5th) - Biaggi (2nd twice)

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Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa show off their new Yamaha bikes at testing in Malaysia.
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Aprilia pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
Ducati pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
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Ducati Panigale bikes, Misano WSBK 2017
Xavi Fores, Barni Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Eugene Laverty, Milwaukee Aprilia [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lorenzo Savadori, Milwaukee Aprilia [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Marco Melandri, Racing Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Marco Melandri, Racing Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Chaz Davies, Racing Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Chaz Davies, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]
Ducati team, Race1, Imola WSBK 2017

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Oli - Unregistered

April 20, 2011 12:09 PM

Biaggi has the stats, the world titles, the wins. Fair play to him for that. Checa crashed too much and wasn't as fast as Max in GP's. But Checa has something Biaggi has always lacked - class. And for that reason, I hope Charlie Chucka finally gets his hands on a world title. Oli

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