WSBK Round 6 - USA

Posted: 28 May 2012

Race 1: Checa back on form

Thirty-nine-year-old Spaniard Carlos Checa has claimed victory at the sixth round of the 2012 Superbike World Championship at Miller Motorsports Park, USA, today. However, the reigning champion didn’t find his victory easy, having to fend off tough challenges from British rider Tom Sykes, Ulsterman Jonathan Rea and Italian Marco Melandri.

Despite this, Checa managed to claw his way up to the front of the pack by lap eight, and maintained his position until the chequered flag.

BMW rider Marco Melandri was the eventual second placed man – the 28-year-old was obviously keen to counter the DNF he sustained at the fifth round of the series at Donington Park. Max Biaggi was the third place finisher, despite having qualified in a lowly seventh position, the Aprilia rider battled throughout the duration of the race to score the third step of the podium.

1. Carlos Checa
2. Marco Melandri
3. Max Biaggi
4. Jonathan Rea
5. Eugene Laverty
6. Jakub Smrz
7. Chaz Davies
8. Tom Sykes
9. Michel Fabrizio
10. Leon Haslam

Race 2: Melandri tops Miller

Italian Marco Melandri has won the delayed second race of day at Miller Motorsports Park for the sixth round of the Superbike World Championship. The BMW’s hard-fought victory came after a race-long battle with Ten Kate Honda’s Jonathan Rea.

Ulsterman Rea initially led the race but was unable to stop the might of Melandri from passing him on the final lap. Melandri’s superb win marks BMW’s second ever Superbike World Championship victory after Melandri scored first place at Donington Park for round five. He is now joint second with Tom Sykes in the standings overall.

Five times world champion Max Biaggi also fought hard for his third place finish – a position that sees him extend his championship lead to 18 points.

1. Marco Melandri
2. Jonathan Rea
3. Max Biaggi
4. Chaz Davies
5. Tom Sykes
6. Eugene Laverty
7. Davide Giugliano
8. Leon Haslam
9. Jakub Smrz
10. Sylvain Guintoli

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