Checa completes Imola double

2012-04-01 22:18

Imola - Carlos Checa made it a perfect day in Italy as he cruised to victory in Race Two of the second round of the World Superbikes Championship here on Sunday.

The veteran Ducati rider won race one ahead of Tom Sykes and enjoyed a similar fate in the second race to take the lead in the world championship standings.

The Spaniard had a tough first half of the race as he was caught up in a battle for second place with Max Biaggi and Leon Haslam. This allowed then race leader Sykes to open up a three-second lead, but Checa nursed his tyres to perfection and caught the Kawasaki rider on lap 15.

Sykes then fell off the pace as he did in the opening race, but still managed to get a second place finish ahead of Haslam and Biaggi in third and fourth respectively.

Irishman Jonathan Rea survived a dramatic slide across the gravel late in the race, but still managed to take fifth place ahead of Eugene Laverty.

The victory moved Checa up to the top of the standings on 75 points, while Aprilia rider Biaggi hovers close behind on 71 points.

Sykes, Leon Haslam, Marco Melandri and Rea completed the top six.

Race One results:

1. Checa Carlos- Althea Racing - 38'06.264
2-Sykes Tom- Kawasaki Racing Team - 38'09.470
3-Haslam Leon- BMW Motorrad Motorsport - 38'11.857
4-Biaggi Max- Aprilia Racing Team - 38'12.783
5-Laverty Eugene- Aprilia Racing Team - 38'30.926
6-Melandri Marco- BMW Motorrad Motorsport - 38'33.525
7-Lascorz Joan- Kawasaki Racing Team - 38'33.648
8-Zanetti Lorenzo- PATA Racing Team - 38'34.563
9-Rea Jonathan- Honda World Superbike Team - 38'40.331
10-Canepa Niccolò- Red Devils Roma - 38'41.988
11-Smrz Jakub- Liberty Racing Team Effenbert - 38'43.002
12-Berger Maxime- Team Effenbert Liberty Racing - 38'43.521
13-Hopkins John- Crescent Fixi Suzuki - 38'56.682
14-Mercado Leandro- Team Pedercini - 38'59.887
15-Badovini Ayrton- BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet - 39'00.206
16-McCormick Brett- Liberty Racing Team Effenbert - 39'00.403
17-Aitchison Mark- Grillini Progea Superbike Team - 39'04.208
18-Aoyama Hiroshi- Honda World Superbike Team - 39'12.497
19-Salom David- Team Pedercini - 38'08.075

Not Classified
RT-Fabrizio Michel- BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet - 14'55.953
RT-Giugliano Davide- Althea Racing - 15'15.537
RT-Guintoli Sylvain- Team Effenbert Liberty Racing - 1'51.678
RT-Davies Chaz- ParkinGO MTC Racing - 1'53.395
RT-Camier Leon- Crescent Fixi Suzuki
RT-Alfonsi Lorenzo- Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda

Race Two Results:

1. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 37mins 57.571s
2. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +1.935s
3. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR +2.969s
4. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 +3.346s
5. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +18.925s
6. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV-4 +21.180s
7. Jakub Smrz CZE Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R +21.392s
8. Leon Camier GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +23.797s
9. Joan Lascorz ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +24.219s
10. Marco Melandri ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR +25.599s
11. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +25.776s
12. Maxime Berger FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +26.004s
13. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Ducati 1098R +31.172s
14. Chaz Davies GBR ParkinGO MTC Aprilia RSV-4 +33.837s
15. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR +45.541s
16. Brett McCormick CAN Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R +50.807s
17. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +51.083s
18. Mark Aitchison AUS Grillini Progea BMW S1000RR +57.833s

Not Classified

19. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1098R 20 laps completed
20. Niccolo Canepa ITA Red Devils Ducati 1098R 17 laps completed
21. Leandro Mercado ARG Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 14 laps completed
22. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda WSBK CBR1000RR 12 laps completed
23. Lorenzo Alfonsi ITA Pro Ride Honda CBR1000RR 8 laps completed
24. John Hopkins USA Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 4 laps completed
25. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 0 laps completed