16 October 2011
Final 2011 WSBK Championship standings
Carlos Checa completes the 2011 World Superbike Championship with 15 race wins and a winning margin of 110 points over Marco Melandri.
The World Superbike Championship is over for another season and Carlos Checa can feel very satisfied with a set of very impressive-looking statistics.
Taking 15 victories in 26 races, Checa is the 'winningest' rider over a single season since Doug Polen back in 1991, while he is also the first man to crack 500 points since Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss in 2002.
Following up in second place is Marco Melandri, the Italian completing an excellent first season in World Superbikes, and one that makes you wonder why Yamaha is pulling the plug when it would almost certainly be a title favourite with the former MotoGP rider in 2012.
Behind them, Max Biaggi scrapes third, the Italian's charging ride from 17th to fourth in the first race ultimately making the difference as he finished level with Eugene Laverty. In the end, Biaggi's greater number of second places (nine compared with two) would earn him the spot he would likely have secured anyway had he not been injured.
Though it wasn't a victory contender as hoped, BMW can be very pleased with fifth in the standings thanks to the ever-reliable Leon Haslam, while fourth in the manufacturers' standings represents a vast improvement for the German firm as it gets ready to welcome Melandri.
From the low of an injury that hampered him over the opening rounds, Sylvain Guintoli was mightily impressive in the second-half of the year, his consistent results, which included nine top six results in the final ten races, helping him leapfrog Leon Camier for sixth overall and secure a good finish for WSBK newcomers Effenbert Liberty Ducati.
Camier ends his second season with Aprilia a somewhat frustrated seventh, ahead of Noriyuki Haga, whose burst of form at Imola helped him fend off Jonathan Rea – who bounced from 12th to ninth in the final round – and Ayrton Badovini, the Italian doing a fine job of claiming an overall top ten on the previously unfaniced BMW Italia.
Just missing out on the top ten, WSBK rookie Joan Lascorz's greater consistency nonetheless earned him bragging rights over Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes in 11th, the Spaniard surpassing Michel Fabrizio, whose poor end to the year with Suzuki saw him drop from a high of sixth to an eventual 12th. Sykes, Jakub Smrz and retiring former champion Troy Corser complete the top fifteen.
In the manufacturers' standings, Ducati end the year 79 points up on the outgoing Yamaha, while 2010 champions Aprilia had to settle for third on this occasion.
2011 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 13 of 13, previous round position in brackets)
1.(1) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 505 points
2.(2) Marco Melandri Yamaha SBK 395
3.(4) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia 303
4.(3) Eugene Laverty Yamaha SBK 303
5.(5) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 224
6.(7) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 210
7.(6) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 208
8.(8) Noriyuki Haga PATA Aprilia 176
9.(12) Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 170
10.(9) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia 165
11.(11) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 161
12.(10) Michel Fabrizio Suzuki Alstare 152
13.(13) Tom Sykes Kawasaki RTS 141
14.(14) Jakub Smrz Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 127
15.(15) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 87
16.(17) Maxime Berger Supersonic Ducati 64
17.(16) Ruben Xaus Castrol Honda 49
18.(18) Roberto Rolfo Pedercini Kawasaki 42
19.(19) Mark Aitchison Pedercini Kawasaki 36
20.(20) John Hopkins Samsung Crescent Suzuki 20
21.(21) Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki Racing 14
22.(22) James Toseland BMW Italia 13
23.(23) Javier Fores BMW Italia 12
24.(24) Lorenzo Lanzi BMW Italia 10
25.(25) Josh Waters Yoshimura Suzuki 8
26.(26) Federico Sandi Althea Ducati 7
27.(27) Alessandro Polita Barni Ducati 5
28.(28) Matteo Baiocco Barni Ducati 4
29.(-) Davide Giugliano Althea Ducati 4
30.(29) Barry Veneman BMW Italia 3
31.(30) Jon Kirkham Samsung Crescent Suzuki 3
32.(31) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 1
33.(32) Fabrizio Lai Echo CRS Honda 1
34.(33) Alex Lowes Castrol Honda 1
35.(34) Viktor Kispataki Prop-Tech Honda 1
2011 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings
1.(1) Ducati 529 points
2.(2) Yamaha 450
3.(3) Aprilia 422
4.(4) BMW 275
5.(5) Kawasaki 228
6.(6) Honda 194
7.(7) Suzuki 169
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