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Third win for Checa as Biaggi excluded

The Spaniard is untroubled after assuming the lead on lap two, while Camier ensures the British flag flies above the podium with a battling third.
Carlos Checa has extended his advantage at the top of the World Superbike Championship standings after claiming a comfortable third win in four races at Donington Park.

The Spaniard made the most of a better getaway from pole position in the second race of the day to hold steady behind Leon Haslam initially before snatching a lead he wouldn't lose on lap three.

Cruising to victory ahead of race one winner Marco Melandri, the result means the Spaniard has opened up a 19 point advantage over the Italian after the first two rounds of the season.

Having been shuffled down the order at the start of race one, thus rendering him unable to get any higher than third by the chequered flag, Checa made amends at the start of race two as he slotted in behind the fast-starting Haslam.

However, Haslam, leading into the first corner for the third race in succession, could only hold the position for two laps before Checa dived down the inside of the BMW at the Melbourne Hairpin.

Stretching his advantage immediately, attention turned to the battle raging for second between Haslam, Leon Camier and Melandri, the Yamaha rider making up good ground in the early stages to trail the pair in fourth.

Camier planted a move on lap five, but Haslam would immediately fight back, an opening that allowed Melandri up into third position. Melandri pushed on, planting a decisive move on the BMW at Redgate on lap seven, with Camier following through into third.

Haslam's podium challenge would come to an end soon afterwards though when he ran wide on at the exit of Coppice, losing him four positions in the process.

Perhaps the most significant on-track moment of the race, however, was occurring further back with Max Biaggi, who was being beckoned into the pit lane to serve a drive-thru penalty. The Aprilia rider had jumped the start, earning him an unsurprising penalty, but he continued to lap regardless.





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Realfan 10 - Unregistered

March 27, 2011 4:55 PM

I have always been a Max Biaggi fan, but this weekend Max you have let your fans down, your team down and yourself down. I would go home and take a long look at yourself and the quicker you realise you have been a complete Pratt all weekend then you may'be able to do something about it. Well done to Marco and to Carlos Checa (two nice guy's Max) and well done to Leon Camier and Leon Haslam.. great weekend of racing but spoiled by the Biaggi dramatic's. He needs a slap for what he has brought to WSBK this weekend.



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