2011 WSBK Assen Race 2 Result - Close Duel Decided In Final Laps

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.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
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

 

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"El toro" roaring again ! One tip to Biaggi: don't clap him in the face, just in case . . . Bravo Carlos !

Was wondering where Vermeulen was for race two - turns out that leg cramps ended his first race, and he didn't start race two. He says he should be a lot better for Monza and was happy with how he was racing before he had to retire.

Amazing work from Checa this year. He's always liked Superbikes, I recall reading that when he was on the 500cc GP bikes he'd take an R1 with him to each race, and ride the track during 'downtime'. Always thought that was pretty damn cool : )

Checa beat the official Xerox riders last year, even as they had superior bikes.
No point trying to guess if 2011 Althea is superior to 2010 Xerox or an hypothetical 2011 Xerox, bikes improve every year but one thing has not changed: Checa is the fastest Ducati rider, with or without the Xerox Ducati team in contention.

Would love to see Carlos ride the DucatiGP11. Imagine this: as a grateful company Ducati calls Carlos in for a stand alone ride on their MotoGP machine for seasons' finale in Valencia!

Sounds familiar:)

and Carlos had disappointing races. He qualified outside the top 15 in MotoGP and Estoril and Valencia to win one single point with a 15th place finish in Valencia. He was suffering from arm pump issue but was hardly setting the world on fire on the GP10 anyway.