2011 World Superbike Finale
Spoiler Alert: 2011 World Superbike Portimao results below.
Although the title was decided a round ago at Magny-Cours, the competition levels remained high at the 2011 World Superbike finale at Portugal.
And it was the title holder Carlos Checa who took a win aboard the Althea Ducati 1198R, the Spaniard taking race-one at Portimao by 2.8 of a second over Team Effenbert-Liberty Ducati’s Sylvain Guintoli. Taking the final podium position in race one was the pole-sitter, Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea.
In race two, it was all Yamaha as the factory superbike riders Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty took the first two spots, respectively, with Rea once again taking the third position aboard the Honda CBR1000RR.
As the first race got underway, Checa, who started from second on the grid, was in fifth by the end of lap one. As Guintoli and Rea battled up front, Checa began moving through the field, eventually passing Melandri for third.
The World Superbike Champ then took second off Rea on lap 12 of 22, and began closing the gap on Guintoli. With three laps remaining, Checa passed Guintoli, holding off the Frenchman to finish first, with Rea taking third.
In the second race, Laverty took the lead on the first lap, and his teammate Melandri was in second by the third lap. Although he was challenged many times by Rea and Checa, Melandri was able to skillfully remain in second before taking the lead on lap 18.
Melandri would hold off his teammate Laverty by 1.075 of a second, with Rea finishing third.
Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati 1198R 2011 World Superbike Champion) says: "Race 1 wasn’t at all easy because at the start I was having trouble with the tyre but we knew that it would perform better in the final stages and our decision turned out to be the right one.
"I was able to reach first Marco and Johnny and then Sylvain to win the race with a small advantage. This victory is for the team that has truly deserved it this weekend – I dedicate this win to all of them. In race 2 I was pushing hard but we’d changed tyre and with the softer solution I couldn’t do more than I did.
"This weekend has been very special; before Race 1 it looked like there was no way that I could stay with Althea Racing in 2012 and I was very upset about this but now it seems that Althea Racing and Ducati have come to an agreement and I am over the moon to hear that I can stay with my team and with my bike again next year.
"We have built something very special here and to leave would have been heartbreaking. More than a win, today has been a moral victory – in the space of two days I have lost, and thankfully regained my team."
Marco Melandri (Yamaha Superbike YZF-R1) says: "It was a fantastic race win and end to the championship. The bike was working well and I really wanted one more win before finishing up the season. I would have liked a double but race one didn’t go so well.
"I got a good start and was planning on waiting a few laps before pushing harder and fighting for a win but unfortunately the rear tire was gone by mid race I had very little grip and just couldn’t keep pushing. The team has worked really hard all year and I’d like to thank them and everyone at Yamaha for the amazing season together and for all their help and support in the tough time since YME decided to withdraw at the end of this year."
2011 Portimao World Superbike Results:
1. Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 38’13.293
2. Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 0’02.860
3. Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 0’08.481
4. Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 0’11.963
5. Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 0’13.330
6. Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 0’18.960
7. Maxime Berger Ducati FRA 0’20.489
8. Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 0’25.320
9. Leon Haslam BMW GBR 0’26.695
10. Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 0’26.801
11. Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 0’27.115
12. Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 0’28.563
13. Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’31.765
14. Troy Corser BMW AUS 0’31.822
15. Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 0’31.866
1. Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 38’11.326
2. Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 0’01.075
3. Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 0’01.363
4. Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 0’02.648
5. Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 0’03.555
6. Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 0’04.709
7. Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 0’06.514
8. Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 0’14.441
9. Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’19.128
10. Maxime Berger Ducati FRA 0’25.527
11. Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 0’26.400
12. Davide Giugliano Ducati ITA 0’26.646
13. Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 0’26.968
14. Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 0’30.209
15. Leon Haslam BMW GBR 0’30.951
2011 World Superbike Final Point Standings:
1. Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 505
2. Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 395
3. Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 303
4. Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 303
5. Leon Haslam BMW GBR 224
6. Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 210
7. Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 208
8. Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 176
9. Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 170
10. Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 165
11. Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 161
12. Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 152
13. Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 141
14. Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 127
15. Troy Corser BMW AUS 87
16. Maxime Berger Ducati FRA 64
2011 World Superbike Final Manufacturing Standings:
1. Ducati 529
2. Yamaha 450
3. Aprilia 422
4. BMW 275
5. Kawasaki 228
6. Honda 194
7. Suzuki 169