2011 Brno World Superbike Race 1 Result: Trio Battle For Victory All Race Long

Results and summary of World Superbike race 1 at Brno:

Marco Melandri has won the first World Superbike race at Brno, holding off the challenge of Max Biaggi to take victory. With Carlos Checa coming home 3rd, just meters behind the front two, the top of the WSBK championship has tightened up yet again.

It was Biaggi who got the drop, taking off from pole position to lead into the first corner. Yamaha's Eugene Laverty followed the Aprilia through the first turn, just ahead of his teammate Melandri and the Althea Ducati of Carlos Checa. Biaggi pushed early, Laverty just starting to lose touch with the Italian, forcing his teammate into a pass, Melandri getting by Laverty on lap 2 and off to chase Biaggi. Checa also attempted to follow, but took three laps longer to get past Laverty, by which time a sizeable gap had opened to the two Italians which Checa would take the first half of the race to close.

The duel for the lead turned into a game of cat and mouse. Biaggi led for the early laps, stalked throughout by Melandri, the Yamaha rider waiting to pounce. His first opportunity came on lap 9, using the many left-right combinations to his advantage. Though forced to give up the lead, Biaggi would not be flustered, the Italian straight back on the tail of the Yamaha, and pushing to see where he could get by Melandri.

The duel between the two Italians had allowed Checa to latch onto the back of the two four-cylinder bikes. Checa sat behind Biaggi, waiting his turn, which came on lap 13, when Biaggi ran wide after outbraking himself slightly. Checa's advantage lasted for less than one lap, the Spaniard forced to watch the Aprilia blast back by again using the superior power of the RSV4 over the start and finish line. 

Buoyed by his immediate response to Checa's challenge, Biaggi set about getting past Melandri. It turned out to be harder than he hoped: the pair swapped places on lap 15, Biaggi diving up the inside of Turn 3, only to see Melandri come straight back again at Turn 4, the second part of that left-right combination. Biaggi tried again, only finally succeeding two laps later at the same place. 

Biaggi's lead would not last long. A lap later, Melandri was back past the Aprilia at the bottom of the valley, before the bikes started the long climb back up the steep hill at the Czech circuit. Try as Biaggi might, he could not return the favor, and was forced to settle for 2nd. His efforts almost cost him that spot, Checa coming very close to getting by the reigning World Champion on the final lap as Biaggi nearly ran wide.

With his victory, Melandri pulls back an important 9 points on Checa, but the championship leader will not be unhappy with the result. Despite conceding points to his main title rivals, he lost the most points to the man who is 3rd in the championship, and just 4 points to Biaggi who is in 2nd. A 3rd place was just about all that Checa was going to come away with from Race 1, but his lead in the title race is still a comfortable 39 points.


Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha YZF R1  
2 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 0.241
3 7 C. CHECA ESP Ducati 1098R 0.436
4 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 8.448
5 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha YZF R1 11.863
6 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW S1000 RR 16.374
7 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory 20.075
8 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW S1000 RR 21.399
9 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 21.555
10 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R 22.330
11 96 J. SMRZ CZE Ducati 1098R 22.494
12 41 N. HAGA JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 24.710
13 121 M. BERGER FRA Ducati 1098R 27.958
14 44 R. ROLFO ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R 31.724
15 22 A. LOWES GBR Honda CBR1000RR 31.998
16 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R 34.771
17 57 L. LANZI ITA BMW S1000 RR 36.582
18 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R 45.690
19 13 V. KISPATAKI HUN Honda CBR1000RR 1'28.907
20 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Ducati 1098R 1 Lap
RET 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Ducati 1098R 8 Laps
RET 111 R. XAUS ESP Honda CBR1000RR  


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Isn't it interesting that the GSX-R1000, which Suzuki has done no development on since early last year, is more competitive than the BMW S1000 RR, which has been undergoing almost continuous work ('development' being too strong a word in this context). Surely Leon Haslam must be gnashing his teeth to see Michel Fabrizio so far in front of him, on his 'old' bike. Just imagine if Leon was still riding it... Just shows that unlike MotoGP, where the Suzukis have not been competitive for many long years, the production Suzukis are real weapons. Just think where they'd be if the factory actually backed the Superbike programme!