2011 Brno World Superbike Race 2 Result: Scintillating Battle Settled On Last Lap

Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Brno:

Max Biaggi has won the second World Superbike race at Brno, after a thrilling duel with Marco Melandri in the final laps of the race. With the victory, Biaggi closes the gap to Carlos Checa to 30 points in the championship race.

The race started out as almost a carbon copy of race 1: Max Biaggi led into the first corner, followed by the two Yamahas, Marco Melandri ahead of Eugene Laverty, while Carlos Checa followed in 4th. The two Yamaha riders swapped places a couple of times, Melandri coming out on top, then Checa following the Italian past Laverty.

The three championship leaders then edged away at the front, despite Laverty and Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio putting up stiff resistance early. Biaggi led for most of the race, Melandri stalking the Aprilia closely, while Checa could do nothing more than follow the two Italians. Melandri was not content to merely sit and wait for a mistake by Biaggi, however. The Yamaha man barged past the Aprilia at the start of lap 8, Biaggi coming back round the infield section of the Czech circuit. Two laps later, Melandri passed again, at his favorite passing spot on the way into Turn 3. Two laps later, Biaggi was back, once again at the rear of the track.

But Melandri was not yet done. After sitting in the reigning World Champion's wake, poking his wheel beside Biaggi as much as possible to try and force an error. But Biaggi would not be tempted, and so Melandri tried it once more on the way into Turn 3. His lead would once again last just a few corners, Biaggi back in the lead before they made their way back up the hill. Try as he might - and he tried, pushing so hard he even had his boot slip off a footpeg - Melandri could not make his way past, and Max Biaggi went on to take a hard-fought victory. Melandri settled for 2nd, while Checa came home in 3rd.

Biaggi's win cuts the gap to Checa back to 30 points in the Championship, with Melandri 53 points behind the championship leader. The title will come down to the two Italians and the Spaniard, but Checa will be happy to leave the Czech Republic having conceded just 13 points to Biaggi at the Italian's favorite circuit. The World Superbike circus now heads to Silverstone, another high-speed circuit where the Ducati will suffer, but after that, the class returns to circuits where the Ducati has a better chance of competing.


Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory  
2 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha YZF R1 0.222
3 7 C. CHECA ESP Ducati 1098R 3.558
4 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 7.863
5 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha YZF R1 8.534
6 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW S1000 RR 18.085
7 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW S1000 RR 21.650
8 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 21.862
9 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Ducati 1098R 25.306
10 41 N. HAGA JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 27.366
11 44 R. ROLFO ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R 33.716
12 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R 36.549
13 57 L. LANZI ITA BMW S1000 RR 37.468
14 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R 46.878
15 13 V. KISPATAKI HUN Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.074
RET 121 M. BERGER FRA Ducati 1098R 5 Laps
RET 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory 6 Laps
RET 96 J. SMRZ CZE Ducati 1098R 8 Laps
RET 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Ducati 1098R 11 Laps
RET 22 A. LOWES GBR Honda CBR1000RR 15 Laps
NS 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R  


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Thought that was two good exciting WSB races. The Yamaha seemed to near enough match the Aprillia in straight line performance, which was good to see instead of Biaggi blasting past everything on the straights [no disrespect to Max`s riding ability]
What i think does speak volumes is the fact that the top 3 riders in the championship are ex Motogp riders, obviously the speed and consistency they learnt in their GP days is paying great dividends in this class.
Just a shame that Motogp does not produce many races that are as exciting as the majority of WSB races are.

due to his lingering injuries?
Good 1st race from Lowes, incredible luck for the kid to start in BSB Evo without a contract, being pushed out of the team to end up with an official ride in BSB and wildcards in WSBK! Did he crash in race 2?

It is interesting that these top 3 riders have risen to the top in a fairly clear way. It makes me wonder where these CRT riders are going to come from and how good they'll be. You'd think the best of SBK, Moto2 and maybe a handful of riders from national series or supersport would be candidates. But if we take away these best SBK riders that will probably not make the jump to a CRT team for several reasons, there is likely going to be a rider performance gap as well as a machine performance gap. Being able to tell the difference will be tough!