Checa makes amends with race two win

Checa cruises to a fairly comfortable victory, but Biaggi steals the headlines by finishing second after running off the track at the start of the race.
Carlos Checa made amends for his failure to finish the opening race of the 2012 World Superbike Championship by cruising to victory in the second Phillip Island encounter.

The reigning champion began his title defence with a DNF after barrelling out of the lead during the first race, but was back to his best in the second to win by a sizeable five second margin.

However, the story of the race was undoubtedly the fabulous fight back from race one winner Max Biaggi, who completed the opening lap in 21st when he ran off the circuit at the very first turn, only to claw his way up to a remarkable second place.

Indeed, Biaggi came into the second race seeking a double victory following a dominant turn in race one, but his hopes of a strong result looked to have been scuppered at the very first corner when light contact with Tom Sykes around the right-hander pushed him out too wide and onto the grass.

Embarking on a high-speed trip across the run-off area, Biaggi re-joined the circuit in 24th and last having lost more than eight seconds on the leaders.

Up front, it was pole sitter Sykes that held firm over the opening revolutions before Jonathan Rea slipped ahead at the start of lap three. However, with Checa swiftly following through, the Spaniard wasted no time in dispatching of the Honda rider, striking to the front on lap five.

With Checa proceeding to pull away from Rea and Sykes, attention turned to Biaggi, who was already making impressive gains at the back of the field, climbing to tenth by lap ten of 22.

Aided by a busy mid-field pack that stretched from fourth place to ninth place, Biaggi's superior straight line speed on the Aprilia RSV4 was very much in evidence as he routinely slipstreamed past his rivals on the run into the first turn, occasionally passing more than one bike per lap.

His pace was such that he was up to fourth position, ahead of race one podium winner Marco Melandri, by lap 16 and suddenly within sight of a podium finish as he took chunks out of Sykes's advantage.

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Checa, Biaggi, Race1, Australian WSBK 2012
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Haslam, Assen WSBK 2015
Sykes, Assen WSBK 2015
Sykes, Assen WSBK 2015
Sykes, Assen WSBK 2015
Jonathan Rea, Assen WSBK 2015
Jonathan Rea, Assen WSBK 2015
Jonathan Rea, Assen WSBK 2015
Jonathan Rea, Assen WSBK 2015
Haslam dash board, Assen WSBK 2015
Sykes, Assen WSBK 2015
Sykes, Assen WSBK 2015
Sykes, Assen WSBK 2015
Gino Rea, WSS600, Assen WSBK 2015
Jonathan Rea, Sykes, Biaggi and Haslam in parc ferme for qualifying, Assen WSBK 2015
Jonathan Rea in parc ferme, Assen WSBK 2015

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jimmy - Unregistered

February 26, 2012 5:34 AM

Absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!!! Racing can't get much better than what Biaggi has showed us. He made the whole field look like a bunch of rookies.

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