Checa claims fifth win as Ducati sweeps podium

Ducati scores its first WSBK 1-2-3 of the year with Checa ahead of Smrz and Guintoli, while Biaggi crashes on the opening lap.
Carlos Checa has stretched his advantage at the top of the World Superbike standings after claiming a comfortable fifth victory of the season at a chilly Miller Motorsports Park.

The Spaniard played it cool during the opening laps of the race after a tardy start from pole position left him in fourth position initially, Checa proceeding to steadily work his way back up the order to relieve early leader Troy Corser on lap six and never looking back.

A peerless performance from the Althea rider – save for a slightly embarrassing fall on the mud during his lap of honour -, he led a Ducati 1-2-3 after an excellent performance from WSBK rookies Effenbert-Liberty saw Jakub Smrz and Sylvain Guintoli flank Checa on the podium.

Not unsurprisingly, the long drag down the to the first corner did not play to the advantages of Ducati front row starters Checa and Smrz, with Troy Corser on the BMW and all three Aprilias making notable gains during the opening turns.

A few position swaps later and Corser had emerged out front, ahead of fellow WSBK veteran Noriyuki Haga, Guintoli, Checa and Max Biaggi.

However, Biaggi's race would come to a dramatic conclusion before the opening lap had been completed after tangling with Jonathan Rea and barrelling out of the race. Some rather furious gesticulation from Rea, who had gotten up to sixth from 13th on the grid, made his feelings clear, but a first crash-related DNF for Biaggi since Portimao 2008 will prove a substantial blow to his title hopes.

Their collision cut a gap in the field, with the top four of Corser, Haga, Guintoli and Checa now comfortably ahead of Leon Camier, Marco Melandri and Smrz, who ran off the circuit on the opening lap and dropped back.

While proceedings certainly weren't being helped by a stream of water cascading across a corner of the circuit, the race settled down with Checa making steady gains, moving ahead Guintoli on lap three and eventually passing Haga on lap five after a few quick-fire position swaps.

Setting his sights on Corser, Checa wasted no time in pushing past the BMW, claiming the lead on lap six and swiftly proceeding to gap the opposition.

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BillAce - Unregistered

May 30, 2011 8:08 PM

You guys do know that there are rules in place and a formula used based on results that dictate weight being added. Were people crying for another 200cc when the other bikes were 10kph faster at Monza? Did the same bike dominate last year with Xerox stickers? The ballast was removed because of worse than average finishes and it will be back if the Duc's start finishing consistently higher. This is the first week they had more than one bike up front except Monza of course where they didn't have the HP to get any bikes there...

Alvaro Gómez Vila

May 31, 2011 3:42 AM

everybody who claim that this championship is unfair is such a resentful and selfish person that CANNOT accept that an OLD engine and and OLD FRAME like the trellis frame is able to beat the other bikes... it was clear at monza that the ducs are underpowered so please shut the kcuf up!! its a petty that in the world there are not at least 10 racetracks like monza where the "muscle" but not handling bikes like aprilia, bmw or suzuki can win because of it +/- 330 kph of max speed! you must accept it!! there are Racing Bikes and there are 1/4 mile track bike!

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