Spain. SBK and MX2: great results!


SBK- Aragon Spain


Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike) took his second win of the year after leading when it really counted as his rival Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) made a small slip a few laps from the end.

Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia) was a strong finishing third, and Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike) took fourth place in a close fight with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike). Noriyuki Haga (Pata Aprilia) and top finishing local Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) followed close behind those two.

Championship leader Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) fell while in a potential podium position, on lap eight. He had just set the fastest lap of the race and was pushing on to try and stay with the leading riders.


Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) took his long awaited first win of the 2011 season after an immaculate display of front running, heading Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike) by 4.809 seconds, after Melandri ran off track at one point, with a few laps to go.
Local rider and championship leader Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) completed a damage limitation exercise after his fall in race one, scoring third in the second 20-lap contest, from the impressive Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki Alstare). Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) was a home-town top five finisher, from Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike) and Noriyuki Haga (Pata Aprilia).

Standing: (after 7 of 13 round): 1. Checa 261; 2. Biaggi 218; 3. Melandri 195; 4. Laverty 146; 5. Camier 125; 6.Haslam 120; 7. Fabrizio 108; 8. Rea 94.

MX2 – La Baneza Spagna

Tommy Searle maintained his challenge for the FIM World MX2 Championship with his 5th podium finish of the season in the Spanish round at La Baneza.

The British rider was again in startling form as he charged through the field to take over second place in the first moto and close down the leader Ken Roczen until backmarkers cost him the chance of victory on a track which only had one really fast line for most of the lap. The two leaders had left the remainder of the field nearly half a minute behind and, knowing that the overall victory in the event of a tie would be decided by the second race result, Tommy concentrated all his efforts on getting quickly to the front in the second encounter. With his first holeshot of the season he did just that, but an unfortunate wrong choice of line on the heavily-watered track saw his rival nip past and a few more errors settled it. Nevertheless Searle has not lost any ground in the title chase as he actually pulled back six points on previous leader Jeffrey Herlings, and the Brit goes to Sweden for the start of the second half of the series full of confidence.

Tommy Searle: “I feel that we made another step this weekend, even if I didn't win the GP. I’m very happy with my first race. I had some good lines, and I felt really good on the bike. I had a decent start and passed Herlings and Aubin to get to second and close down Roczen, but there was only one good line round most of the track and I lost time behind lappers. I started thinking about the overall win when I got my first holeshot of the season in the second race. That was great ! I had a good jump out of the gate, and the bike was perfect, but then I made a silly mistake during the first lap when I went wide in a corner. That's how Roczen passed me and it took me a couple of laps to find a good rhythm again.