Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Silverstone:
Carlos Checa has taken victory in the second WSBK race of the day to do the double at Silverstone and extend his lead even further in the championship, now holding a 62 point advantage over Max Biaggi.
For the second race in a row, it was Eugene Laverty who led off the line ahead of John Hopkins, but Hopkins was soon displaced by Leon Camier, the Aprilia rider making up for the problems that dogged him in the first race. Camier soon worked his way past Hopkins, bringing Checa along in his wake, the Althea Ducati rider then making his way past Camier to take 2nd behind Laverty.
A lap later, Camier barged past Checa to take back 2nd at the Loop, the section following Checa's favorite passing point. Laverty, Camier and Checa then started pulling a gap from the following group, Marco Melandri leading John Hopkins and a resurgent Max Biaggi, the Italian having found a fix to the problems that had beset him in race 1. The off-track animosity between the two Italians soon found its way onto the track, luckily in the shape of hard but perfectly clean and fair passes between the two. But while Melandri and Biaggi were scrapping, the front three pulled away at the front.
Checa sat behind Laverty and Camier for the first 5 laps, but then his patience was exhausted. He swiftly dispatched Camier on lap 6, and Laverty a lap later at his usual passing spot going into the Loop. Once past, he seized the race by the horns and upped the pace to where no one could follow, pulling a gap and controlling the race to the end. Checa came home to victory in imperious fashion, never challenged again once he passed Laverty. Laverty once again settled for 2nd, with nobody capable of getting near the Yamaha rider, just as Laverty had not been able to match Checa.
The battle for the final spot on the podium was much more entertaining. Once Checa had passed him, Camier slowly started falling back into the clutches of the chasing group. Hopkins' early resistance dropped off rapidly in the last third of the race, the American going backwards as his lap times rocketed. But Biaggi and Melandri were far from settled over who would lead the chase for Camier and Laverty. The pair closed Camier down on lap 14, Melandri leading Biaggi towards Biaggi's Aprilia teammate. Melandri was quickly past Camier, but the Englishman was not about to roll over and let his teammate past as well. Biaggi did everything he could to get past Camier, the lanky Englishman finally succumbing at Vale on the penultimate lap. Melandri crossed the line to take the final podium spot, ahead of Max Biaggi who came home in 4th, while Camier was left to make do with 5th.
Checa's victory further extends his championship lead, now leading Biaggi by 62 points with 8 races and 200 points still up for grabs. Melandri's two podiums also tightened up the race for 2nd, the Yamaha man now just 9 points Biaggi in the championship, and 71 behind Checa. Checa's double at Silverstone - a track he was expecting to struggle at - leaves the Althea Ducati man riding high and very confident going into the next two rounds at the Nurburgring in Germany and Imola in Italy, two tracks he expects to perform well at. The championship is still a long way from over, but Biaggi and Melandri are facing an increasingly uphill task. Barring disaster, Checa is going to be a very hard man to beat.
|1||7||C. CHECA||ESP||Ducati 1098R|
|2||58||E. LAVERTY||IRL||Yamaha YZF R1||2.274|
|3||33||M. MELANDRI||ITA||Yamaha YZF R1||3.675|
|4||1||M. BIAGGI||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||3.960|
|5||2||L. CAMIER||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||4.405|
|6||50||S. GUINTOLI||FRA||Ducati 1098R||10.958|
|7||211||J. HOPKINS||USA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||11.387|
|8||91||L. HASLAM||GBR||BMW S1000 RR||11.496|
|9||84||M. FABRIZIO||ITA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||12.247|
|10||86||A. BADOVINI||ITA||BMW S1000 RR||19.705|
|11||96||J. SMRZ||CZE||Ducati 1098R||19.753|
|12||121||M. BERGER||FRA||Ducati 1098R||21.582|
|13||52||J. TOSELAND||GBR||BMW S1000 RR||27.235|
|14||8||M. AITCHISON||AUS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||30.702|
|15||10||J. KIRKHAM||GBR||Suzuki GSX-R1000||42.579|
|16||32||F. LAI||ITA||Honda CBR1000RR||43.420|
|RET||44||R. ROLFO||ITA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2 Laps|
|RET||11||T. CORSER||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||6 Laps|
|RET||22||A. LOWES||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||11 Laps|
|RET||17||J. LASCORZ||ESP||Kawasaki ZX-10R||12 Laps|
|RET||41||N. HAGA||JPN||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||14 Laps|