WSBK: Melandri and Biaggi Trade Wins at Brno

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Marco Melandri captured his third victory of the season in race one at Brno on Sunday, edging out rival Max Biaggi by just 0.241 seconds, with points leader Carlos Checa another 0.195 seconds behind. Biaggi took the lead off the pole with Melandri soon on his tail. The Italians quickly set themselves apart from the rest of the pack and swapped positions on three occasions during the race while Checa kept close watch. Melandri was able to fend off Biaggi in a final sprint to the finish line, after passing the defending champion with three laps remaining. Suzuki’s Michel Fabrizio placed fourth, while Melandri’s team-mate Eugene Laverty rounded out the top five.

Race two saw a very similar tightly contested battle between the two Italians, but with Biaggi prevailing this time after taking the lead back from Melandri on the penultimate lap and winning the sprint to the checkered flag by 0.222 seconds. Checa again finished third and Fabrizio and Laverty again fourth and fifth respectively.

With his second win of the season Biaggi has now cut Checa’s lead in the overall standings to 30 points, while Melandri sits another 23 points adrift.

The next round takes place on July 31 at Silverstone in England.

2011 Brno World Superbike Race 1 Results

1. M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team

2. M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team +0.241

3. C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing +0.436

4. M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare +8.448

5. E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team +11.863 

6. A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team +16.374

7. L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team +20.075

8. L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport +21.399

9. J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team +21.555

10. T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike +22.330

11. J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing +22.494

12. N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia +24.710

13. M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team +27.958

14. R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini +31.724

15. A. LOWES GBR Castrol Honda +31.998

16. M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini +34.771

17. L. LANZI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team +36.582

18. C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team +45.690

19. V. KISPATAKI HUN Prop-tech ltd. +1’28.907

20. S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing 1 Lap

DNF

M. BAIOCCO ITA Barni Racing Team 12 laps

R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda 0 laps

2011 Brno World Superbike Race 2 Results

1. M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team

2. M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team +0.222

3. C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing +3.558

4. M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare +7.863

5. E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team +8.534

6. A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team +18.085

7. L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport +21.650

8. J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team +21.862

9. S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing +25.306

10. N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia +27.366

11. R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini +33.716

12. M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini +36.549

13. L. LANZI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team +37.468

14. T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike +46.878

15. V. KISPATAKI HUN Prop-tech ltd. +1’38.074

DNF

M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team 15 laps

L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team 14 laps

J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing 12 laps

M. BAIOCCO ITA Barni Racing Team 9 laps

A. LOWES GBR Castrol Honda 5 laps

DNS

C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team

R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda

2011 WSBK Championship Standings
1. Carlos Checa Ducati 293
2. Max Biaggi Aprilia 263
3. Marco Melandri Yamaha 240
4. Eugene Laverty Yamaha 168
5. Leon Haslam BMW 137
6. Leon Camier Aprilia 134
7. Michel Fabrizio Suzuki 134
8. Ayrton Badovini BMW 106
9. Noriyuki Haga Aprilia 99
10. Jonathan Rea Honda 94
11. Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 89
12. Jakub Smrz Ducati 88
13. Joan Lascorz Kawasaki 88
14. Tom Sykes Kawasaki 84
15. Troy Corser BMW 55
16. Ruben Xaus Honda 44
17. Roberto Rolfo Kawasaki 31
18. Maxime Berger Ducati 24
19. Mark Aitchison Kawasaki 18
20. Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki 14
21. Lorenzo Lanzi BMW 10
22. Joshua Waters Suzuki 8
23. Matteo Baiocco Ducati 4
24. Alessandro Polita Ducati 3
25. Barry Veneman BMW 3
26. James Toseland BMW 3
27. Viktor Kispataki Honda 1
28. Alex Lowes Honda 1
29. Fabrizio Lai Honda 1
30. Bryan Staring Kawasaki 1

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