Max Biaggi has taken victory in the second World Superbike race of the day at Brno after soaking up pressure from a determined Marco Melandri in a grandstand finish.
Having fought from start-to-finish in race one, a similar set up would emerge in the second encounter as Biaggi and Melandri assumed the top two positions by the end of the opening lap.
Never drifting more than half a second apart, though Biaggi led for the majority of the race, Melandri's bold pass on the penultimate lap threatened to deny the reigning champion once again. Nonetheless, Biaggi stayed cool to regain the lead shortly afterwards before resisting Melandri to the chequered flag in a thrilling final two laps.
A remarkably similar race to that which occurred earlier in the day, Biaggi got away best to lead Eugene Laverty, though Melandri would soon push through into second place and swiftly move onto the tail of Biaggi.
Behind, Carlos Checa
would also go with the top two after dispatching of Laverty, while Michel Fabrizio
would attempt to do the same as he jumped ahead of the Irishman into fourth.
As it happens, though the top five remained within fairly close company during the first-half of the race, only Biaggi and Melandri would dispute the lead.
That mantle was handed to Melandri on lap ten when he passed Biaggi into turn three, only for his countryman to return the favour on lap twelve. Even so, just as had been the case in race one, Melandri was looking poised in second place, shadowing Biaggi as he looked for the best opportunity to pounce.
The move came with less than two laps to go as Melandri dived through into turn three, but having learnt from before, Biaggi promptly fought back and was through again within four corners. With Melandri showing his hand, Biaggi proceeded to keep his lines neat and tight, Melandri – now suffering with evident tyre wear – unable to find a gap on the Aprilia.
As such, Biaggi was able to complete only his second win of the season, but one that sees him reduce Checa's margin in the overall standings for a fourth successive race. With Checa finishing a fairly distant third, the pair are now split by 30 points, while Melandri is once again a further 23 points back.