Carlos Checa has extended his World Superbike Championship lead to 72 points after claiming his and Althea Ducati's second consecutive double at Misano.
Fresh from his dominant performance at Miller Motorsports Park, Checa was similarly imperious in Italy as he methodically work his way up to the front in both races.
Indeed, although Max Biaggi was fairly close on pace to Checa and led with six laps remaining in race two, the Spaniard was otherwise unmatched throughout the weekend to notch up a maximum of 100 points from the last four races.
His seventh and eighth wins of the season – and his third double of the year -, Checa is now a substantial 72 points up on Biaggi as the season enters its second-half.
“What a great result today! In the first race, I didn't make a great start, losing some ground through the first corners. Max was strong at the start and it wasn't easy to pass him but once in front, I was able to find good rhythm and build a small advantage. I'm extremely satisfied also because the tyre began to slide in the final laps and it was very hot today.
“We changed tyre for race two and it seems we made the right decision. Max was strong again in race two and both he and I had a strong pace, stronger than the other riders, but I perhaps had an extra couple of tenths over him. When I took the lead I managed the race well and took the second win of the day.
“We knew that Misano could be favourable to us, after results during testing here in May, but I didn't expect the double win. Fantastic, and perhaps even more important than the Miller wins because we knew we could do well there while here it was far from easy and so even more special.”
As well as Checa's vast lead in the riders' standings, his performances are also helping Ducati in its quest to regain the manufacturers' crown. The Italian brand, which has no official presence in WSBK this year, is 40 points ahead of Aprilia.