Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Assen:
Carlos Checa has taken victory in the second World Superbike race at Assen, after controlling the race from the front. Only a false neutral saw the Althea Ducati rider lose his lead for a single lap to Max Biaggi, Checa blasting past the Alitalia Aprilia on the penultimate lap to take back the lead and secure the win.
This time, though, Checa did not get the holeshot. It was Noriyuki Haga who rocketed into the lead like a scalded cat, leaping ahead of Checa to lead into Turn 1. Checa followed, but with Max Biaggi on his tail, the Italian sliding past into 2nd before the end of the lap. Checa bided his time, waiting until lap 3 to pounce, sliding past Biaggi at the Stekkenwal, then Haga on the way into the GT Chicane.
From then on, Checa controlled the race from the front. Biaggi followed, sometimes pushing hard, sometimes dropping back, but the Italian could never get close enough to Checa to make a pass. Only a false neutral allowed Biaggi past, Checa getting back again with a brutal and classic block pass into the chicane, leaving no option for the Italian but to cede the position.
Johnny Rea took charge of the battle for 3rd, soon wresting himself free from the chasing group, with only Marco Melandri in his wake. The Castrol Honda rider closed on Checa and Biaggi, but could never quite close the gap. Likewise, Melandri closed up on the back of Rea, but the Yamaha rider could never quite get close enough to launch an attack, eventually crashing out with 6 laps to go.
Melandri's disappearance gifted 4th spot to Leon Camier, but the Englishman had worked hard to deserve it. Camier had fought his way forward from 11th on the first lap, setting the fastest lap along the way. BMW's Leon Haslam ended the race in 5th, deciding a race-long four-way battle with Eugene Laverty, Michel Fabrizio and Nori Haga in his favor.
Checa's victory - and Melandri's crash - leaves the Althea Ducati rider with a comfortable lead in the championship. Checa now sits 43 points ahead of Max Biaggi, with Melandri another 4 points behind the Italian.
|1||7||C. CHECA||ESP||Ducati 1098R|
|2||1||M. BIAGGI||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||0.524|
|3||4||J. REA||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||3.584|
|4||2||L. CAMIER||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||5.913|
|5||91||L. HASLAM||GBR||BMW S1000 RR||16.916|
|6||58||E. LAVERTY||IRL||Yamaha YZF R1||17.375|
|7||84||M. FABRIZIO||ITA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||17.740|
|8||41||N. HAGA||JPN||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||18.329|
|9||96||J. SMRZ||CZE||Ducati 1098R||18.378|
|10||50||S. GUINTOLI||FRA||Ducati 1098R||18.404|
|11||66||T. SYKES||GBR||Kawasaki ZX-10R||26.284|
|12||17||J. LASCORZ||ESP||Kawasaki ZX-10R||27.053|
|13||121||M. BERGER||FRA||Ducati 1098R||38.614|
|14||111||R. XAUS||ESP||Honda CBR1000RR||40.824|
|15||86||A. BADOVINI||ITA||BMW S1000 RR||40.953|
|16||44||R. ROLFO||ITA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||40.982|
|17||37||B. VENEMAN||NED||BMW S1000 RR||45.423|
|18||8||M. AITCHISON||AUS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||3 Laps|
|RET||33||M. MELANDRI||ITA||Yamaha YZF R1||6 Laps|
|RET||11||T. CORSER||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||15 Laps|