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COMMENT: Who stood at Miller Motorsports Park?

One pole position and two wins makes it difficult to argue against Carlos Checa as the standout rider in the USA... But we'll let you pick more than one!
Before the fifth round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship, Carlos Checa was being dubbed 'Mr Miller' by virtue of his strong form there over the last few years – another pole position and two wins later, that status has probably been upgraded to King of Miller.

A second double win at Miller in four attempts – though most accept it should have been his third double there -, Checa was undoubtedly the weekend's star rider as he consistently lapped several tenths faster than any other rider all weekend.

Naturally, Checa is the obvious candidate for 'rider of the day', but we won't make this an exclusive question, so who else do you think deserves accolades after the American round of the series?

Rookie team Effenbert-Liberty Ducati put in a good impression of a seasoned performer in race one as Jakub Smrz and Sylvain Guintoli climbed onto the podium, the latter making his long-awaited rostrum debut after more than a season in the WSBK series.

Leon Camier was also impressive with his run to fourth in race one and second in race two, the Aprilia rider showing what he can do during two fairly trouble free races, even from an average grid position.

Elsewhere, there were some impressive rides through the field, not least Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio, who bounced back from his race one takedown by Ruben Xaus to climb from 15th to fifth in race two.

Tom Sykes was also in a feisty mood on the Kawasaki to claim his best finish of the year in sixth, while Ayrton Badovini showed further improvements to qualify eighth and end both races ahead of his factory BMW counterparts.

Nonetheless, we will leave this one up to you – who was your star rider at Miller Motorsports Park?

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Don-R

June 01, 2011 10:07 AM

Checa of course, but an honourable mention to Ayrton Badovini, who seems to be really getting to grips with the satellite BMW and is regularly scrapping for top 10 finishes. He looked good at Monza and again here, and seems to be getting more comfortable with a superbike all the time. At this rate a slot in the factory squad will begin to beckon.



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