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HAVE YOUR SAY: Who was your Miller master?
1 June 2011
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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