Melandri snatches first WSBK win

Further back, the battle for the final podium position went to the chequered flag, the myriad of competing riders having been broken up by an accident for Tom Sykes at the Esses on lap 17. The Kawasaki man low-sided into the corner whilst running in fourth position, forcing those following to back off.

Allowing Haslam – whose pace dropped markedly in the closing stages - a gap, it wasn't enough to hold off Checa, who stalked his way back into contention to steal the position with just two corners remaining.

The battle between Rea, Haga and Biaggi went down to the wire, with the Ulsterman coming out top in front of the two Aprilia riders. An uncharacteristically erratic performance by the reigning champion, he was even off the circuit at one stage and fell victim to a series of errors.

Having battled for the lead initially, Camier dropped back to eighth at the chequered flag with waning tyres, ahead of Troy Corser and Joan Lascorz, the latter scoring his first WSBK finish in tenth.

All 15 finishers scored points, with Sylvain Guintoli, Ruben Xaus, Ayrton Badovini, Roberto Rolfo and Mark Aitchison rewarded for reaching the chequered flag.

Elsewhere, Eugene Laverty suffered a nasty accident at Coppice on lap four and was admitted to the medical centre, while Maxime Berger suffered an unusual exit after his rear wheel came off the Supersonic Ducati, thankfully at low speed.

In the overall standings, Checa continues to lead the way, extending his margin to 14 points, this time over Melandri. Biaggi is third, Haslam fourth and Smrz fifth.

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[L-R]: Jakub Smrz, Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa, Donington Park WSBK podium, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
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MM - Unregistered

March 27, 2011 12:47 PM

Great see Marco scythe past Biaggi and take a well deserved win. Best revenge is success. Biaggi's always been a dirty rider and an arrogant figlio di puttana.

dave the don - Unregistered

March 27, 2011 12:51 PM
Last Edited 1205 days ago

For me there was probably only one thing that would make up for any Brits not making the podium, was to see Melandri stick one over Biaggi im true style Great race for Melandri, really well done, whereas Biaggi was absolutely bloody awful. Checa was having a right old stinker earlier on as well but got himself a podium somehow Got to feel sorry for Smrz but what a great ride from him. Hope Laverty is okay What on earth was was going on with Berger, I imagine that a mechanic was urgently scouring the garage floor for stray R clips before he got back there.

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