News 14 Jun 2011

Checa and Althea Ducati celebrating unexpected double WSBK victory at Misano

Checa took his second double win in as many rounds at Misano.

Checa took his second double win in as many rounds at Misano.

After the recent double win performance at Miller Motorsports Park, Carlos Checa and the Althea Racing Team were able to back it up with two race wins, two fast laps and also a new lap record at the Misano round of the World Superbike Championship on the weekend.

The result was made even sweeter by the fact that is was at the team’s home track, in front of the Italian public.

Checa was able to move from fourth in race one to catch and pass race leader Max Biaggi by lap 11, controlling the race from that point on.

Race two started out better again, with Checa moving into the lead after two laps, but was red flagged at lap nine after a fall from Marco Melandri left oil on the track.

The restart saw the Spaniard regroup and immediately settle back into his fast pace, recording a new course lap record of 1m36.520, and going on to take the lead on lap seven. Once again Checa rode away from his competitors to eventually win the race by 1.4 seconds over Biaggi.

“What a great result today! In the first race, I didn’t make a great start, losing some ground through the first corners. Max was strong at the start and it wasn’t easy to pass him but once in front, I was able to find good rhythm and build a small advantage,” Checa commented.

“We knew that Misano could be favourable to us, after results during testing here in May, but I didn’t expect the double win.”

The Misano win increases Checa’s championship lead to 245 points to over second placed Biaggi’s 173, as the series moves to the Aragon circuit in Spain this weekend for round seven.