2011 World Superbike
In the first World Superbike race at Miller Motorsports Park on Memorial Day, starting from pole position for the fourth time this season, Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa lost a couple of positions through the first corners, finding himself in fourth at the end of the first lap.
Beginning to build up a good rhythm, the Spanish World Sueprbike rider was able to pass first Guintoli and then Haga and Corser, to take the lead on the fifth lap.
Althea Ducati says pushing hard so as to build on his advantage, lap seven brought him his fastest lap time of the race. Chca continued to work to manage what remained of the Miller Superbike race, passing the chequered flag in first place with a 2.766 second advantage ahead of Smrz and Guintoli, both on Ducati 1198 superbikes.
In the second Miller Superbike race of the day, Althea flagbearer Checa got away like a rocket, with a one second advantage over the rest of the field after just one lap! In the first stages he continued to improve on his Superbike times as each lap passed, recording the fastest lap of the race on lap 4 (and thus taking his second Pirelli best lap award of the day). He would eventually finish ahead of the Alitalia Aprilia boys, Leon Camier and Max Biaggi, respectively.
Attached is a video that highlights the action at round 5 of 13 in the 2011 World Superbike Championship.