Checa overcomes first race crash to dominant race two
2011 WSB CHAMPION Carlos Checa bounced back to win the second race at Phillip Island after suffering a high speed crash in race one.
Recovering from the big race one crash, Checa commanded the second race on his Althea Ducati, quickly passing both Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea to hit the front early on.
Second place went to factory Aprilia's Max Biaggi, in what would be an impressive performance, as the Italian ran off the track at turn one after nearly colliding with the Kawasaki of Sykes.
The 2010 champion managed to remain upright, and after restarting in dead-last, fought his way through the pack to finish in second.
In third place was Sykes, taking his first dry weather Kawasaki podium after overhauling a slowing Rea in a breathtaking finish to the chequered flag.
Putting in a gritty ride, Leon Haslam finished in fifth aboard the factory BMW.
Biaggi leads the championship points ahead of Melandri, Sykes and Checa.
WSB Phillip Island Race 2 Results
1. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 22 laps2. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV4 +5.7073. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +12.5214. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +12.6555. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR +18.1796. Marco Melandri ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR +18.8317. Maxime Berger FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +18.9398. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV4 +19.4789. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda World Superbike Team CBR1000RR +19.55410. Niccolo Canepa ITA Red Devils Ducati 1098R +26.28911. Jakub Smrz CZE Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R +26.47912. Leon Camier GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +29.14513. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1098R +36.48214. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Ducati 1098R +38.11315. Josh Brookes AUS Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +43.23416. Bryan Staring AUS Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +43.52617. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Pro Ride Honda CBR1000RR +53.929
18. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 11 laps 19. Joan Lascorz ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 10 laps 20. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R 9 laps21. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 8 laps22. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 4 laps23. David Johnson AUS Rossair AEP BMW S1000RR 4 laps24. Mark Aitchison AUS Grillini Progea BMW S1000RR 1 lap
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