WSBK: Checa extends points lead at Assen

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After a win and a third place at Assen this weekend, Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) has extended his WSBK Championship lead to 43 points after only six races — meaning he already has almost two race wins in hand over defending champion Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia), who now sits second overall. 

Placing third in race one, behind Biaggi and Castrol Honda rider Jonathan Rea, Checa claimed his fifth consecutive podium finish. Race two saw the same three men on the podium with Checa on top this time and Rea in third. Having changed to a softer tire for the second contest, Checa was able to take the lead on lap three and hold off the hard charging Biaggi until, with three laps to go, the Spaniard went wide and allowed the Aprilia rider to slip by. But Checa showed his credentials by snatching victory away from the defending champion with a daring last ditch pass while entering the final lap.

Yamaha rider Marco Melandri, Checa’s closest rival before Assen, placed fourth in race one, but crashed out of race two while pushing hard to grab the final podium spot from Rea. The Italian now sits third overall, while Irishman Rea has moved into fourth.

The next round takes place at Monza, Italy on May 8th. 

2011 Assen World Superbike Race 1 Results

1. Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 35’46.486

2. Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 0’00.739

3. Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 0’03.572

4. Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 0’09.508

5. Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 0’09.892

6. Troy Corser BMW AUS 0’11.120

7. Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 0’15.235

8. Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 0’30.081

9. Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’32.072

10. Mark Aitchison Kawasaki AUS 0’35.000

11. Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 0’43.287

12. Leon Haslam BMW GBR 0’45.289

13. Barry Veneman BMW NED 0’45.298

14. Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 0’50.764


15. Jakub Smrz Ducati   CZE 18 laps completed

16. Sylvain Guintoli   Ducati FRA 18 laps completed

17. Leon Camier Aprilia   GBR 17 laps completed

18. Maxime Berger   Ducati FRA 10 laps completed

19. Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki AUS 8 laps completed

20. Noriyuki Haga   Aprilia JPN 6 laps completed 

21. Roberto Rolfo   Kawasaki ITA 3 laps completed


2011 Assen World Superbike  Race 2 Results

1. Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 35’38.693

2. Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 0’00.524

3. Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 0’03.584

4. Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 0’05.913

5. Leon Haslam BMW GBR 0’16.916

6. Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 0’17.375

7. Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 0’17.740

8. Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 0’18.329

9. Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 0’18.378

10. Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 0’18.404

11. Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 0’26.284

12. Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 0’27.053

13. Maxime Berger Ducati FRA 0’38.614

14. Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 0’40.824

15. Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’40.953

16. Roberto Rolfo Kawasaki ITA 0’40.982s 

17. Barry Veneman BMW NED 0’45.423s

18. Mark Aitchison   Kawasaki AUS +5 laps 


19. Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA  16 laps completed

20. Troy Corser BMW AUS  7 laps completed

DNS Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki AUS 


2011 WSBK Championship Standings (after round 3 of 13)

 1 Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 132

2 Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia Racing 89

3 Marco Melandri Yamaha WSBK 85

4 Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 79

5 Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad Motorsport 68

6 Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia Racing 50

7 Jakub Smrz Effenbert Liberty Ducati 49

8 Michel Fabrizio Team Suzuki Alstare 47

9 Eugene Laverty Yamaha WSBK 35

10 Noriyuki Haga PATA Aprilia Racing Team 34

11 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing Team 26

= Tom Skyes Kawasaki Racing Team 26

= Rubén Xaus Castrol Honda 26

= Troy Corser BMW Motorrad Motorsport 26

15 Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia 20

16 Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert Liberty Ducati 16

17 Roberto Rolfo Team Pedercini Kawasaki 12

18 Mark Aitchison Team Pedercini Kawasaki 7

19 Maxime Berger Supersonic Ducati 3

= Josh Waters Yoshimura Suzuki 3

= Barry Veneman BMW Italia 3

22 James Toseland BMW Italia 2

23 Bryan Staring Team Pedercini Kawasaki 1

24 Chris VermeulenKawasaki Racing Team 0




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