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Checa marches on as Parkes provides Aussie highlight

Monday June 13, 2011 by  

Champagne celebrations for Carlos Checa at Misano. (Photo Credit: Graeme Brown/GeeBee Images)
Champagne celebrations for Carlos Checa at Misano. Photo courtesy of Graeme Brown/GeeBee Images

The Carlos Checa show has continued in this year’s world Superbike title, with the Spanish warhorse easily winning both races at Misano’s round six to extend his championship lead to 72 points.

Such was the Ducati rider’s intensity, only reigning world champion Max Biaggi (Aprilia) was capable of matching his pace as he finished with a pair of second places, with Marco Melandri (Yamaha) and veteran Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) sharing the third places.

“What a great result today,” said Checa. “We knew that Misano could be favourable to us, after results during testing here in May, but I didn’t expect the double win. Fantastic, and perhaps even more important than the Miller wins because we knew we could do well there while here it was far from easy and so even more special.”

With the Australians hardly firing a shot in world Superbike – a battered and bruised Troy Corser retired from race one and didn’t reappear – the clear highlight at Misano was Newcastle rider Broc Parkes’ first victory of the year in the world Supersport title on his Kawasaki. Read more

Corser looking to make up lost ground

Thursday June 9, 2011 by  

BMW rider Troy Corser will be looking to ignite a lacklustre world Superbike season when the championship visits the popular Misano circuit on Italy’s Adriatic Coast this weekend.

Last year at Misano, Corser set BMW’s first ever pole position in WSBK, and then went onto score a podium position on race day. It’s that positive performance, plus some gains made in a recent test session, which has Corser in a positive frame of mind.

“I like Misano, and have always had good results here,” said Corser. “We tested here after Monza (round four), which was very encouraging. We found a good set-up, so I am looking forward to the race weekend. I think Leon (Haslam) and I should have a pretty strong race.” Read more

Checa tightens World Superbike grip

Tuesday May 31, 2011 by  

Carlos Checa has produced yet another world Superbike master class with a winning double in round five of the world championship at Miller Motorsport Park in America overnight.

Cruelly robbed of victory in last year’s WSBK round at Miller because of mechanical problems, this time around there were no such hiccups for the ageless Spanish warrior, who ran way in both 21-lap Memorial Day Monday races.

In the opener Checa defeated Jakub Smrz and Sylvain Guintoli to make it a clean sweep of the top places by Ducati, and in race two the former 500cc GP winner powered to the biggest race win this year – a 7.194-second triumph over Briton Leon Camier (Aprilia), with world champion Max Biaggi (Aprilia) recovering from an earlier crash to finish third. Read more

Waters joins Corser and Aitchison on the grid

Thursday May 26, 2011 by  

The 2011 Superbike World Championship makes its only American stopover next Monday (May 30) at the energy-sapping Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, which is located 1300 metres above sea level.

This will be the fourth time the WSBK title has visited the 4.907km long Miller layout, where power loss is estimated at 10 percent in the high altitude environment. The circuit is situated on the edge of the Great Salt Lake basin, not far from the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats.

Three Australians will joust at Miller, with Troy Corser (BMW) joined by Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki) and Mildura’s Josh Waters, who will be making his second wildcard appearance in this year’s championship for Yoshimura Suzuki. Read more

Laverty victorious, Corser solid

Monday May 9, 2011 by  

Irish rookie Eugene Laverty has catapulted up to fifth place in the 2011 Superbike World Championship standings after winning both races at Monza overnight on his factory Yamaha.

In front of over 116,000 spectators at the high-speed cathedral, Laverty produced a superb blend of defence and attack on his four-cylinder machine to become the latest to join the world Superbike winner’s list.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Troy Corser (BMW) briefly led both races before completing the day with seventh and fifth place finishes – the second outing only four seconds behind the winning bike of Laverty. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki) didn’t race after crashing in practice and hurting his elbow. Read more

Corser confident of repeat success at Monza

Thursday May 5, 2011 by  

Australia’s Troy Corser heads into this Sunday’s world Superbike round at Monza confident that his factory BMW will again strike up a strong accord with the ultra-fast Italian circuit.

Quite simply, Monza is all about top speed, with most of the long straights linked by fast and open corners, which obviously falls into the hands of the more powerful bikes in the world superbike paddock – the four-cylinder machines from Japan, Aprilia and BMW.

Last year, eventual world champion Max Biaggi wound out his Aprilia V-four to 330km/h down the main chute at Monza, while Cal Crutchlow’s new lap record on his Yamaha was set at an average speed of 202km/h – 28km/h more than Australia’s Phillip Island, the second fastest circuit on the calendar. Read more

Corser best of the Aussies at Assen

Monday April 18, 2011 by  

A hapless start to the 2011 world Superbike season continued for Australian stars Troy Corser and Chris Vermeulen at Assen overnight, as Spain’s Carlos Checa stretched his championship lead to an imposing 43pts after just three rounds.

Corser’s sixth place in the opening race was the highlight of an otherwise disappointing day for the Australian armada, with the 39-year-old then crashing out uninjured in the second 22-lapper after losing the front end on his factory BMW.

Vermeulen, a three-time WSBK winner at Assen, finally gridded up for the first time in 2011 in race one and was in a point scoring position on his Kawasaki before severe cramp forced him to retire. Read more

Corser unsettled, Melandri & Checa claim honours

Monday March 28, 2011 by  

European heavyweights Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa have dominated round two of the 2011 world Superbike title at Donington Park overnight, but the news wasn’t so flash for Aussie hope Troy Corser.

The Wollongong rider continues to struggle with grip issues on his factory BMW, with the two-time Donington winner only claiming ninth and 13th places in the two 23-lappers.

Corser’s fellow Australian, Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki), didn’t race after his injured knee became too sore after practice and qualifying on Friday. He’s now eyeing a full-time return at Assen on April 17. Read more

Checa makes it an Island double

Sunday February 27, 2011 by  

Carlos Checa has become the first rider to score a world Superbike clean sweep at Phillip Island since 2008 when he scythed through today’s second 22-lap race.

After he pushed aside an early challenge from Briton Leon Haslam, the Ducati-backed Checa seized total control to complete a perfect start to the season for the world No. 3.

The last rider to win both races at a Phillip Island world Superbike round was Australia’s Troy Bayliss. Read more

Carlos Checa on provisional pole position

Friday February 25, 2011 by  

Spain’s Carlos Checa has set the fastest time in opening qualifying for Sunday’s opening round of the Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island.

After showing the field a clean pair of heels in morning practice, the world No 3 settled straight back down to business in the 60-minute qualifier, and reeled off a number of blistering laps before setting a best of 1min31.577secs.

That was more than enough firepower to edge out Frenchman and fellow Ducati rider Sylvain Guintoli, with the top six completed by Northern Ireland’s Eugene Laverty, world champion Max Biaggi, Czech rider Jakub Smrz and Briton Leon Haslam. Read more