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Magny-Cours France Superbike | Results

2011 World Superbike

Spoiler Alert: 2011 Magny-Cours France World Superbike results below

Heading into the penultimate round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours, France, Sunday, Carlos Checa only needed three points to secure the title.

This was due to leading Yamaha’s Marco Melandri by 96 points as the series moved to France. The Althea Ducati rider Checa knew patience would be key to clenching his first-ever World Superbike title, and patience is just what he had.

Checa would not only take the race-1 win, securing the title, but come back to take race 2 also, making for 14 race wins in 12 rounds.

Checa was joined on the race-1 podium by BMW Motorrad’s Leon Haslam and Melandri, respectively. In race 2, it was Melandri in second with Laverty in third.

With his title, Checa became the 14th Ducati rider to take a World SBK crown. Ducati also won the manufacturer’s title with one round to go.

Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati 1198R) says: "Today has been a perfect day, the best day of my career and probably the best day of my life. I thank everyone, every person that has helped me throughout my career, from the beginning up until today, for helping me reach this point.

"I especially thank Genesio Bevilacqua, my entire team and Ducati of course. I am experiencing so many emotions and must admit that it was very difficult to keep my concentration in the final stages of race one. Then, in race two, I tried to race as fast as I could, doing what I like to do best, and was able to win once more. Now we can relax and relish in this unforgettable moment."

Starting from third on the grid behind Laverty and pole-sitter Rea, Checa began pushing hard, eventually taking Camier and Laverty for the lead on the ninth lap. By the end of the 15th lap, Checa got into the lead, eventually finishing 2.201 seconds ahead of Melandri, with Haslam 3.218 seconds back.

Although Checa clinched the championship after obtaining 25 points in Race 1, he didn’t slow his pace down for race 2. He was shuffled back to fourth on the first lap, but was into second by the end of the second lap.

He would then have a small mistake while passing Laverty, but he regained his momentum and began leading on Lap 13. He didn’t look back, and finished 1.267 ahead of Melandri, with Laverty 2.043 seconds behind.

Althea Ducati says: "The season has brought huge success, with the team clocking up 14 race wins and a total of 20 podium finishes over the twelve events held so far. At Silverstone, Carlos also reached the milestone of 100 SBK race starts while simultaneously scoring the 300th race win for Ducati. Carlos has thus far attained 39 podiums from 106 SBK race starts." 

As the series enters the final round at Portimao Oct. 16, Checa has a total of 467 points. Melandri retained second with 360, and Laverty moved into third with 283 points.

2011 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race 1 Results:

1.    Carlos Checa    Ducati    ESP    38’16.465
2.   Marco Melandri    Yamaha    ITA    0’02.201
3.    Leon Haslam    BMW    GBR    0’03.218
4.    Leon Camier    Aprilia    GBR    0’03.796
5.    Eugene Laverty    Yamaha    GBR    0’05.602
6.    Sylvain Guintoli    Ducati    FRA    0’09.634
7.    Noriyuki Haga    Aprilia    JPN    0’09.814
8.    Joan Lascorz    Kawasaki    ESP    0’11.387
9.    Troy Corser    BMW    AUS    0’17.143
10.    Tom Sykes    Kawasaki    GBR    0’24.523
11.    Javier Fores    BMW    ESP    0’34.532
12.    Michel Fabrizio    Suzuki    ITA    1’19.742
13.    Roberto Rolfo    Kawasaki    ITA    1’50.000

2011 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race 2 Results:

1.    Carlos Checa    Ducati    ESP    38’17.851
2.    Marco Melandri    Yamaha    ITA    0’01.267
3.    Eugene Laverty    Yamaha    GBR    0’02.043
4.    Leon Haslam    BMW    GBR    0’06.506
5.    Sylvain Guintoli    Ducati    FRA    0’07.843
6.    Leon Camier    Aprilia    GBR    0’08.360
7.    Joan Lascorz    Kawasaki    ESP    0’15.285
8.    Ayrton Badovini    BMW    ITA    0’15.549
9.    Troy Corser    BMW    AUS    0’16.278
10.    Noriyuki Haga    Aprilia    JPN    0’22.996
11.    Javier Fores    BMW    ESP    0’43.132
12.    Maxime Berger    Ducati    FRA    0’47.846

2011 World Superbike Championship Point Standings (after 12 of 13 rounds):

1.    Carlos Checa    Ducati    ESP    467
2.    Marco Melandri    Yamaha    ITA    360
3.    Eugene Laverty    Yamaha    GBR    283
4.    Max Biaggi    Aprilia    ITA    281
5.    Leon Haslam    BMW    GBR    216
6.    Leon Camier    Aprilia    GBR    194
7.    Sylvain Guintoli    Ducati    FRA    179
8.    Noriyuki Haga    Aprilia    JPN    170
9.    Ayrton Badovini    BMW    ITA    155
10.    Michel Fabrizio    Suzuki    ITA    145
11.    Joan Lascorz    Kawasaki    ESP    142
12.    Jonathan Rea    Honda    GBR    138
13.    Tom Sykes    Kawasaki    GBR    133
14.    Jakub Smrz    Ducati    CZE    118
15.    Troy Corser    BMW    AUS    85
16.    Maxime Berger    Ducati    FRA    49

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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