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SBK Kyalami: Carlos Checa Hangs Tough

Superbike Kyalami

Even if the classification places him fourth, Carlos Checa’s points total is equal to that of Jonathan Rea, meaning they are more accurately tied in third place.

Althea Racing therefore continues to maintain contact with the leaders, even if Haslam has an 81-point advantage.

Carlos Checa’s racing was once again very strong. He managed to match the lap times of Michel Fabrizio on the Ducati Xerox 1198 and this balance meant it was hard for Carlos to catch the Italian race leader.

In Race 2 Checa was unable to find sufficient grip but then, once the tires began to work, he was able to lap fast and finish just one second behind Crutchlow.

Carlos Checa says: "The races took place on a difficult circuit", said Carlos. "In Race 2 I wasn’t immediately able to find grip and the four cylinders started to get away. It’s difficult to catch those guys because in acceleration they have the advantage."

"In Race 1 on the other hand everything went well, and with good grip we were able to make up some points to Haslam. My performance was the same in both races but the position was different."

"We need to improve in our acceleration and hope that the regulation gives us a hand in this respect. It’s evident that our bikes are inferior and we hope a solution can be found. However it was overall a positive weekend."

Checa’s teammate, Shane Byrne, made it into the points zone in both races but couldn’t do better than a thirteenth and fifteenth place finish that awarded him just four points. In the coming week Althea Racing’s technicians will assess the situation and decide how best to help Byrne.

Genesio Bevilacqua (General Manager of the Althea Racing Team) says: "Great racing from Carlos who made the best possible use of our technical package. In race 1 Carlos rode a fantastic race, seeing as his times were the same as those of Fabrizio. Shane did what he could with the set-up he was provided with."

"In Race 2 we were worried in the first corners when Carlos lost some time but he then fought back. On the uphill, however, the four cylinders stretched away from him and to make up what was lost in the braking and in the corners was almost impossible. We will have a technical meeting with regard to Shane in order to help him out of this dark period. I would like to thank Carlos, the team and Ducati for having allowed us to experience this great weekend."

RESULTS

World SBK RACE 1: 1. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 39’48"343 – 2. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R a 1.098 – 3. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 a 5.049 – 4. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV 4 a 6.974 – 5. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR 1000 RR a 13.710 -…15. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R a 30.692

World SBK RACE 2: 1. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 39’52"870 – 2. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR 1000 RR a 0.522 – 3. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV 4 a 0.991 – 4. Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha YZF R 1 – 5. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R a 1.479 – ….13. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

WSBK Riders: 1. Haslam p. 222 – 2. Biaggi p. 207 – 3. Rea p. 141 – 4. Checa p. 141 – ….12. Byrne p. 62

SBK Manufactures: 1. Suzuki p. 222 – 2. Aprilia p. 213 – 3. Ducati p. 185 – 4. Honda p. 150 – 5. Yamaha p. 135

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