.Superbike Phillip Island, per Checa prima la paura poi la vittoria
Prima lo spavento per un brutto volto. Poi la gioia per il 21esimo successo. Emozioni contrastanti per Carlos Checa a Phillip Island, teatro del primo round del mondiale Superbike
PersonaCarlos ChecaPrima lo spavento per un brutto volto. Poi la gioia per il 21esimo successo. Emozioni contrastanti per Carlos Checa a Phillip Island, teatro del primo round del mondiale Superbike. Il portacolori della Ducati del team Althea, su sua stessa ammissione, è stato disarcionato dalla sua 1098 nel curvone che immette nel rettilineo conclusivo nel corso del sesto giro perchè messo sotto pressione da Max Biaggi (Aprilia). "Ho cercato di forzare un poco troppo", ha ammesso lo spagnolo.
Il campione del mondo in carica ha poi rivelato che "è stato la caduta più brutta da quanto correre con la Ducati". Analizzando l'errore, ha confessato che "è stato difficilissimo trovare il limite esatto della moto, della pista e anche di me stesso. Ho superato quel limite e sono caduto". La squadra ha subito rimesso in stesso la "rossa": "Ha fatto un lavoro fantastico ed ha preparato una moto che mi ha consentito di vincere gara due".
Quanto a Gara 2, "sono partito forte e quando ho visto che Max era uscito di pista ho spinto al massimo per andare in testa e vincere la gara. Biaggi ha recuperato moltissimo, ma io sono riuscito a mantenere un buon ritmo ed ho portato a casa una vittoria molto importante per me e per la squadra". Checa ora è quarto in classifica con 25 punti, a 20 lunghezze da Biaggi.
Checa hits back to win superbikes race two
Italian Max Biaggi has won race one of the world superbikes round at Phillip Island.
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Reigning superbikes world champion Carlos Checa bounced back from a massive crash in race one to easily win the second race at Phillip Island on Sunday.
After a watchful start in the second race of the opening round, the Spanish veteran decided enough was enough on lap five, passing Honda's Jonathan Rea to move into the lead, which he held for the balance of the 22-lap race.
Ducati pilot Checa has now won four of the past five world superbike races at Phillip Island.
"I am very satisfied with that performance and it's good to have that winning feeling again, especially after the disappointing crash," said Checa.
But Italian Max Biaggi claimed the championship lead by winning race one aboard an Aprilia and then charging home ahead of Kawasaki's Tom Sykes to finish second in race two.
Biaggi ran off the track at turn one while battling with Sykes and then, against all the odds, started picking off riders at will, eventually moving into the top 10 by mid-race distance.
"It was a fantastic race and I am very happy," said Biaggi of his vintage performance.
"There was so much work to do make the top five but I reckon I made it look pretty smooth!"
Josh Brookes (Suzuki) was the first Australian home in race two in 15th position.
In race one, the 40-year-old Biaggi scored a comfortable victory over fellow Italian Marco Melandri.
Bryan Staring was the leading Australian, making up eight spots from qualifying to finish 10th on his privateer Kawasaki.
"We had a bit of luck when I finished 10th in race one, as there were a few crashes in front of me," said Staring.
"But it was unbelievable and I want to thank the people who have backed me all the way."
While Biaggi enjoyed clear air out in front, there were a number of battles behind him, including a fierce arm wrestle for second place between the BMW of Melandri and Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli on a Ducati, who came in third.
After the first of 14 rounds, Biaggi leads the title race on 45 points ahead of Melandri (30), British rider Sykes (29) and Checa (25).
The best local result at Phillip Island on the day came from Newcastle Honda rider Broc Parkes, who was a fast-finishing third in the World Supersport race.
Turkey's two-time champion Kenan Sofuoglu won from fellow Kawasaki rider Fabien Foret of France.
Parkes, who started from pole position, spent most of the 15-lap race in fifth position, attempting to preserve his tyres.
"I left my charge a little too late in that one," said Parkes.
"But when I started to ramp it up, I cooked my tyres a little too much.
"So the race was really for third, and I was glad to pip (Honda's Jules) Cluzel at the post."
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