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Checa recovers to take victory

2012-02-26 13:50

Phillip Island - World champion Carlos Checa recovered from a crash in race one to storm to victory in the second race in the opening round of the Superbike World Championship here in Australia, on Sunday.

The Althea Ducati Racing rider suffered a fast high-side fall while leading the opening race of the season on lap six and was forced to retire, but came back in race two to top the podium.

It was a day of comebacks as veteran Italian rider Max Biaggi also produced a masterclass on his Aprilia. The Italian was leading the race, but went off track on lap one.

The 40-year-old managed to keep his bike upright, but rejoined at the back of the field. What followed was a superb lesson in overtaking as Biaggi carved his way to second place.

Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes completed the podium after passing Jonathan Rea's Honda on the final lap of the race. BMW Motorrad Motorsport duo Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri made up the top six.

Biaggi won race one earlier in the day, coming in seven seconds ahead of Melandri, with Sylvian Guitoli of Team Effenbert Liberty Racing 0.2 seconds further back.

Kawasaki's Tom Sykes came in fourth after starting on pole, while Jakub Smrz and Michel Fabrizio were classified fifth and sixth respectively.

Biaggi now leads the championship standings on 45 points, with Melandri second on 30.

RACE TWO RESULTS


1. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R +22 laps
2. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 +5.707s
3. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +12.521s
4. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +12.655s
5. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR +18.179s
6. Marco Melandri ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR +18.831s
7. Maxime Berger FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +18.939s
8. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV-4 +19.478s
9. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +19.554s
10. Niccolo Canepa ITA Red Devils Ducati 1098R +26.289s
11. Jakub Smrz CZE Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R +26.479s
12. Leon Camier GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +29.145s
13. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1098R +36.482s
14. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Ducati 1098R +38.113s
15. Josh Brookes AUS Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +43.234s
16. Bryan Staring AUS Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +43.526s
17. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Pro Ride Honda CBR1000RR +53.929s

Not Classified

18. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 11 laps completed
19. Joan Lascorz ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 10 laps completed
20. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R 9 laps completed
21. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 8 laps completed
22. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 4 laps completed
23. David Johnson AUS Rossair AEP BMW S1000RR 4 laps completed
24. Mark Aitchison AUS Grillini Progea BMW S1000RR 1 lap completed

RACE ONE RESULTS


1. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 22 laps
2. Marco Melandri ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR +7.104s
3. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +7.378s
4. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +12.189s
5. Jakub Smrz CZE Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R +16.424s
6. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR +20.200s
7. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +20.223s
8. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +24.108s
9. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1098R +28.072s
10. Bryan Staring AUS Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +34.232s
11. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Ducati 1098R +34.450s
12. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR +35.648s
13. Maxime Berger FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +36.392s
14. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +41.500s
15. Joan Lascorz ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +42.086s
16. Josh Brookes AUS Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +42.605s
17. Leon Camier GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +43.366s
18. Mark Aitchison AUS Grillini Progea BMW S1000RR +45.225s
19. David Johnson AUS Rossair AEP BMW S1000RR +1min 08.782s
20. Niccolo Canepa ITA Red Devils Ducati 1098R +1min10.440s

Not Classified

21. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV-4 19 laps completed
22. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 14 laps completed
23. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 5 laps completed
24. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Pro Ride Honda CBR1000RR 0 laps completed

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