Checa does the double at Phillip Island

Checa shows Ducati's factory absence is not affecting him or his Althea Racing team as he claims a second win of the day in Australia.
Carlos Checa comes away from the opening round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship with a maximum haul of 50 points after completing his second win of the day at Phillip Island.

Having cruised to a dominant victory in race one, Checa was similarly commanding in race two, making a definitive pass for the lead on lap three before stretching away to win.

A perfect start to his and Althea Ducati's season, it marks the Spaniard's sixth and seventh wins in World Superbikes, as well as his third weekend double.

Though he was beaten into the first corner once again, this time by Leon Haslam, Checa found himself in front by the end of the opening lap with an aggressive pass at MG. Superior straight line speed would see the BMW back in front at the start of lap two, but Checa would simply bide his time before easing back in front on lap three.

Quickly pulling away from the chasing pack, although his 1.1secs advantage at the finish looks fairly meagre on paper, there was never a doubt as to whom would emerge victorious.

With Checa holding station at the front, it was the fight for second between former MotoGP rivals Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri that did the job of enthralling spectators.

Having enjoyed a fairly lonely run to second in race one, Biaggi had plenty of company during race two as a poor start necessitated a determined fight back from seventh.

Battling past the BMWs of Haslam and Troy Corser, Biaggi would take Melandri with him, the pair swiftly breaking away to form their own podium battle. What followed was an entertaining exchange that evoked memories of their time in MotoGP, the Italians swapping positions continuously over the second-half of the race.

While Melandri seemingly had the measure of Biaggi through the bends, he would repeatedly see his efforts undone by his rival's ability to simply draft pass on the home straight.

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Alpha - Unregistered

February 27, 2011 5:24 AM

I remember when JT left WSB to MGP when he said it would be boring to continue in WSB as it was too easy! and he wanted to prove himself as ready to make the jump! Erh, wrong both times, His performances today show he cant cut the mustard even at WSB. I never rated him as a great, and he has shown me I was correct.

Stevie T

February 27, 2011 8:54 AM

Amazing. Both for the report of Race 2 and the Result (of race 2) the first posts are about Toseland. Some people appear to have an unhealthy obsession. btw the way, there was a race....

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