Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Donington:
Carlos Checa has returned to winning ways at Donington Park, taking victory in the second World Superbike race of the day by a very comfortable margin. The Althea Ducati rider has now won three out of the four WSBK Races so far this season, and already has a 19 point lead in the championship.
Checa's race 2 went much more smoothly than race 1. Unlike the first race at Donington, where he got off the line badly and got boxed in, the Althea Ducati rider rocketed off the line, only beaten into the first turn at Redgate by the BMW of Leon Haslam. Checa was not to be denied for long however, passing Haslam on lap 3 as they entered the Melbourne loop, then quickly pulling a gap. The race was essentially over at that, Checa soon building a cushion over the chasing group which would never be challenged, posting record lap times seemingly at well. The Althea Ducati rider would cruise home to take his third win of the season and extend his championship lead.
Behind Haslam, a fierce battle unfolded for the remaining podium positions. Leon Haslam once again fought like a terrier to hold on to 2nd, then 3rd, but both Camier and the charging Marco Melandri were past the BMW rider by lap 7. The extent of Haslam's fight was exemplified on lap 8, when Haslam ran wide at Coppice and raced across the grass at high speed, finally losing touch with the podium battle and dropping a couple of places.
A tight battle unfolded for 2nd between Camier and Melandri, with Melandri appearing to have the upper hand for most of the race. Once Melandri had passed both Camier and Haslam, it looked like the Yamaha rider would just disappear and catch Checa, much as he had done in race 1. But Camier was made of sterner stuff, and the two duked it out until lap 19. Camier had put a pass on Melandri with 7 laps left to go, then fought bravely to hold off the Italian for two more laps. On lap 19, though, Melandri was through, diving under the Aprilia of Camier at the Old Hairpin, the Italian's favorite passing spot of the weekend. Drained after his battle with Melandri, and still recovering from the after-effects of Glandular Fever, Camier was forced finally to conceded defeat, allowing Melandri to secure 2nd place, Camier settling for 3rd.
After his mistake earlier on in the race, Leon Haslam fought his way back forward again to secure 4th place, his second of the day, finishing ahead of a very impressive Joan Lascorz on the Motocard.com Kawasaki. Castrol Honda's Johnny Rea secured 6th after a slugfest with Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio and Effenbert Liberty Ducati's Jakub Smrz.
Max Biaggi's nightmare weekend came to a fitting end. The Roman Emperor's Alitalia Aprilia lurched forward before the red lights dimmed, and though Biaggi stopped his bike again befre the lights went out for the start, he was still technically in infringement of the jump start rules, and was called in for a ride through. For whatever reason, Biaggi did not come in on time to take the ride through, and the Italian was shown the black flag and disqualified from the race. Biaggi's title defense suffered serious damage as a result, and though there are still 22 races left to go, and everything left to play for, Biaggi is now 42 points behind Checa, with Checa looking just about unstoppable.
The next round is in three weeks' time, at the Assen circuit in the Netherlands.
|1||7||C. CHECA||ESP||Ducati 1098R|
|2||33||M. MELANDRI||ITA||Yamaha YZF R1||3.397|
|3||2||L. CAMIER||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||5.902|
|4||91||L. HASLAM||GBR||BMW S1000 RR||13.842|
|5||17||J. LASCORZ||ESP||Kawasaki ZX-10R||14.253|
|6||4||J. REA||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||19.413|
|7||84||M. FABRIZIO||ITA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||20.278|
|8||96||J. SMRZ||CZE||Ducati 1098R||21.160|
|9||86||A. BADOVINI||ITA||BMW S1000 RR||24.298|
|10||111||R. XAUS||ESP||Honda CBR1000RR||24.907|
|11||50||S. GUINTOLI||FRA||Ducati 1098R||32.440|
|12||66||T. SYKES||GBR||Kawasaki ZX-10R||32.679|
|13||11||T. CORSER||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||34.070|
|14||58||E. LAVERTY||IRL||Yamaha YZF R1||36.418|
|15||44||R. ROLFO||ITA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||44.037|
|16||8||M. AITCHISON||AUS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||52.412|
|17||41||N. HAGA||JPN||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||56.634|
|RET||121||M. BERGER||FRA||Ducati 1098R||22 Laps|
|EX||1||M. BIAGGI||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory|