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
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!