Seventh victory for Checa at Misano

Haslam's misfortune left Eugene Laverty and Sykes to dispute fourth place, the former looking comfortable in the position until the closing stages when a charging Sykes began to apply pressure on the very final lap.

Spurred on by his late race pace, Sykes showed Laverty a nose on the run up to the last corner, prompting the Yamaha man to go defensive into the bend and run wide on the exit. It was a successful tactic, Sykes getting a better drive out of the bend to snatch a well-deserved fourth place in the sprint for the finish line.

Hampered by his 15th place grid position, Leon Camier nonetheless fought his way to a solid sixth place finish, ahead of Sylvain Guintoli and Ayrton Badovini, who notched up another top ten result for BMW Italia. Joan Lascorz and Maxime Berger crossed the line ninth and tenth, the latter cracking the top ten for the first time for Supersonic Ducati

A race of attrition, all 15 finishers scored points, with Ruben Xaus 11th and Barni Ducati wild-cards Matteo Baiocco and Alessandro Polita in 12th and 13th, while Chris Vermeulen scored his first WSBK points since Misano 2010 with a determined ride to 14th. Lorenzo Lanzi picked up the final point in his maiden race with BMW Italia.

As well as Haslam, Michel Fabrizio and Jakub Smrz were others to crash out of the first race, while Troy Corser compounded BMW's awful start to the day when he peeled into the pit lane after just five laps.

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Juan Kerr - Unregistered

June 12, 2011 2:21 PM

2 set of commercials in one race ... and what does Eurospot will cover tennis and some weird Asian games have to do with bike racing anyway? That is just deliberate provocation, showing high up the wall they can pi77 knowing no one wants their spam. Saying 'commercials are a fact of life' is like saying getting the coverage you paid for doesn't matter. You can be a doormat if you wanna. I'm with the first post - They suck. Maybe we can't prevent 'em YET but if everyone 'tells the world' how shi7 they are maybe things will get better.

Pizdoff - Unregistered

June 12, 2011 11:49 AM

Eurosprout .... Taking Motorcycle race coverage to new and shoddier depths. Right I'm off to suffer the BEEB commentators but miss the scabby adverts and buffering stream.

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