Checa finishes what he started at Miller

Carlos Checa extends his lead to a mammoth 61 points after just ten races as he claims two comfortable victories at Miller Motorsports Park.
Twelve months after he was denied a double World Superbike victory at Miller Motorsports Park by mechanical problems, Carlos Checa was able to finish what he started by completing his second win of the day.

Continuing his magnificent record at Miller Motorsports Park, Checa – a double winner for Ten Kate Honda in 2008 -, gave his rivals scant opportunity to challenge him as a good start from pole position and a bit of late braking saw him emerge from the long turn one left-hander with the lead.

As riders jostled for position behind him, Checa already had air between himself and Leon Camier, who pulled off a remarkable start from 11th position on the grid to dive up the inside at turn one and grab second.

Better starts for the Yamaha riders saw Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri finish lap one in third and fourth, with Aprilia duo Noriyuki Haga and Max Biaggi in fifth and sixth.

From here the race would prove fairly processional, Checa swiftly working a comfortable margin between himself and Camier. Indeed, though Camier was lapping fast enough to creep away from the chasing pack, it wasn't enough to challenge Checa.

Stung by his dramatic exit from race one, Biaggi began to make headway, passing both Haga and Melandri for fourth on the run to turn one on lap two, before pulling the same pass on Laverty for third on lap six.

Biaggi promptly gave chase to his Aprilia Alitalia team-mate but wasn't able to bring the gap down to anything less than 1.5secs.

Checa, meanwhile, was clear, regularly lapping comfortably faster than his rivals as he cruised to the double that many feel he and Althea Ducati should have been celebrating in 2010.

Wins five and six also help Checa establish a sizeable margin over the Melandri and Biaggi in the overall standings, the Spaniard now 61 points adrift after just ten races.

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Krusty The klown - Unregistered

May 31, 2011 2:25 AM

Those of you who watched Le Mans saw how slow the Duc is compared to its competitors, yet there will still be posts calling for Ducati to carry more weight or reduce displacement. The difference is in the handling of the machine(with the right rider), not the horsepower. The other manufactures should work at improving their engine tractability and frame design to catch up to the OLD twin and OLD steel frame!

shamarone - Unregistered

May 31, 2011 3:45 AM

long stroke, desmodromics, and massive porting all add up to best preserved V/E at altitude. ducati wins. the short stroke screamer beemer in constant wheelspin, engaging reverse gear, settin' fire to it's tires sits at the opposite end of this spectrum. the "reichministers" won't win anything until they accept the (unwanted) technical advice tardozzi gave them regarding that engine.

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