Checa extends title lead with German win

Carlos Checa celebrates his Race 1 win at the Nurburgring

Carlos Checa celebrates his Race 1 win at the Nurburgring

Championship front-runner Carlos Checa has increased his championship lead after a taking a race victory at the Nurburgring round of the World Superbike Championship.

The Ducati rider won Race 1, finished eighth in the second race and extended his title lead to  74 points.

Also on the winner’s dais was surprise packet Tom Sykes, who clocking his first race win in Race 2.

Checa cruised through the first race of the German round, posting a methodical win after holding off Noriyuki Haga in the early stages before leaving the rest of the field to battle for second place.

Nearest championship rival, Yamaha rider Marco Melandri was able to secure the second place podium and Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga took third.

A wet and wild second race saw Kawasaki’s Sykes take the race win after initial race leader Haga fell after leading for the majority of the shortened 13-lap race.

It was a multifaceted win for Sykes and his team, battling the imposing conditions the German race was his maiden race victory and team Kawasaki’s first race win since 2006 in the series.

Ducati team-mates Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz were in second and third place when Race 2 was stopped due to the elements, while championship leader Checa finished in eighth.

2011 SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

CARLOS CHECA DUCATI 376
MARCO MELANDRI YAMAHA 302
MAX BIAGGI APRILIA 281
EUGENE LAVERTY YAMAHA 232
LEON HASLAM BMW 176
LEON CAMIER APRILIA 154
MICHEL FABRIZIO SUZUKI 141
SYLVAIN GUINTOLI DUCATI 139
AYRTON BADOVINI BMW 134
NORIYUKI HAGA APRILIA 115
TOM SYKES KAWASAKI 114
JONATHAN REA HONDA 113
JOAN LASCORZ KAWASAKI 111
JAKUB SMRZ DUCATI 109
TROY CORSER BMW 67
RUBEN XAUS HONDA 44
MAXIME BERGER DUCATI 42
ROBERTO ROLFO KAWASAKI 39
MARK AITCHISON KAWASAKI 24
JOHN HOPKINS SUZUKI 20
CHRIS VERMEULEN KAWASAKI 14
JAMES TOSELAND BMW 13
LORENZO LANZI BMW 10
JOSHUA WATERS SUZUKI 8
MATTEO BAIOCCO DUCATI 4
ALESSANDRO POLITA DUCATI 3
BARRY VENEMAN BMW 3
JON KIRKHAM SUZUKI 3
VIKTOR KISPATAKI HONDA 1
ALEXANDER LOWES HONDA 1
FABRIZIO LAI HONDA 1
BRYAN STARING KAWASAKI 1

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