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Ducati’s Checa Leads into Brno Superbike

2011 World Superbike

After a three-week break, the 2011 World Superbike Championship returns this weekend for Round 8 at Brno in the Czech Republic.

The man leading the WSBK Championship is Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa; in seven of 13 rounds, the Spaniard has won eight of 14 races, including doubles at Phillip Island, Miller and Misano.

At the latest round at Aragon in his home country, Checa had a DNF and a third-place finish, but still maintains a 43-point advantage over the man second in the current World Superbike points battle, Alitalia Aprilia’s Max Biaggi. Yamaha’s Marco Melandri is in third place in the 2011 World Superbike Championship points‘ battle.

Checa’s best finish at Brno was second in 2009.

Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati 1198R World Superbike) says: "I’ve been on the podium here in SBK and really like the track. It’s one of the most historic circuits of all and I always enjoy riding here. Last year we did not have such a great race but that was down to a tyre choice. I think we have great potential this year; of course we have a disadavantage when it comes to power, especially on the uphill and the straight but I am confident and I think the work we’ve been doing this year will help us."

Checa’s Superbike form at Brno

  • 2010: Race 1 – 9th, Race 2 – 6th
  • 2009: Race 1 – 2nd, Race 2 – 5th
  • 2008: Race 1 – 8th, Race 2 – DNF

Brno Facts

  • Country: Czech Republic Circuit:
  • Automotodrom Brno Length: 5.403 km Pole Position: left
  • Race distance: 20 laps = 108.060 km

Brno Lap Records:

  • Best lap – Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’59.291 (2010). Superpole – Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’58.018 (2010)

2010 Brno World Superbike Results:

  • Race 1 – 1. Rea (Honda); 2. Biaggi (Aprilia); 3. Crutchlow (Yamaha)
  • Race 2 – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 2. Rea (Honda); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati)

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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