2011 WSBK StandingsThe 2011 World Superbike Championship concluded Oct. 17 at Portimao in Portugal, with a different rider winning each race.
In Race 1, the man who clinched the 2011 WSBK title a round earlier in Magny-Cours was victorious – Carlos Checa. With the Race 1 win at Portimao, Checa would finish the season with an impressive 15 wins in 13 rounds.It wasn’t a runaway race as is usually the case; the Althea Ducati 1198 rider took the winning pass with three laps to go. Joining Checa on the Race-1 podium was Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati’s Sylvain Guintoli and the pole-sitter, Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea.Race 2 gave the factory Yamaha a great ending to the 2011 World Championship. Marco Melandri would take the win, followed by his teammate Eugene Laverty. Taking third once again was Rea.Once all was complete in Portimao, the final World Superbike points tally awarded Checa with 505, Melandri with 395, and Alitalia Aprilia’s Max Biaggi and Laverty each with 303 points.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 642011 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
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!