Posted: 01 Apr 2012
Race 1: Brits on the podium
Reigning World Champion Carlos Checa has won the opening race of round two of the Superbike World Championship at Imola, Italy today.
Despite grabbing the holeshot from pole position and leading for the first half of the race, British rider Tom Sykes was unable to keep the pace and hold off challenges from the Spaniard. Checa took the lead on lap 12, a position he maintained until the chequered flag, and setting a new lap record of 1:47.877.
It was BMW’s British rider Leon Haslam who scooped the third step of the podium from current series leader Max Biaggi.
1. Carlos Checa
2. Tom Sykes
3. Leon Haslam
4. Max Biaggi
5. Eugene Laverty
6. Marco Melandri
7. Joan Lascorz
8. Lorenzo Zanetti
9. Jonathan Rea
10. Niccolo Canepa
Race 2: Double delight for Checa
Carlos Checa has done it again! The Althea Ducati rider has won the second Superbike World Championship race at Imola, Italy today. And, in a case of history repeating itself, the second and third steps of the podium went to Brit riders Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam respectively.
Pole sitter Sykes once again grabbed the holeshot and led the race until the halfway point – setting a new lap record of 1:47.553 in the process. However, a determined Checa jumped at the chance to slip past the Kawasaki rider on lap 15.
Carlos Checa now takes the lead in the overall championship standings from Max Biaggi, who finished fourth in the second race of the day.