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.
|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|