The Althea Racing team now travels to the Brno Circuit, in the Czech Republic for round 9 of the World Superbike Championship, scheduled for this coming weekend. At the recent Aragon race – Carlos’ home round – the Spaniard was pleased to step up to the podium in race 1 with a third place finish, before closing race 2 in seventh position.
SBK rookie Davide gained another clutch of valuable points, with two top ten finishes, consolidating his position in the standings. One year ago at the Czech track Carlos secured solid points thanks to a double podium finish, when he crossed the line in third place in both of the day’s races. Davide crossed the line in second position in the Superstock 1000 race, missing out on the win by just 0.070 of a second!
After the first eight of fourteen championship rounds, Carlos lies in fourth position in the general standings with 175.5 points while Davide is in ninth place with 94 points. Ducati holds 247.5 points in the manufacturer’s championship and is second position to Aprilia with 266 points.
Carlos Checa “I like this track actually, despite the long straightway! Last season brought me my best Brno SBK result so far; the double podium finish gave me solid points at an important stage of the championship. I definitely need a points boost now, and hope that conditions allow us to make two strong races on Sunday. We’re now into the second half of the championship and competition will be tough but we’re ready to fight.”
Checa’s Superbike form at Brno
- 2011: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – 3rd
- 2010: Race 1 – 9th, Race 2 – 6th
- 2009: Race 1 – 2nd, Race 2 – 5th
- 2008: Race 1 – 8th, Race 2 – DNF
Davide Giugliano: “My best Brno experience to date came last year when I finished the Stock 1000 race in second place, I’m only sorry that I missed out on the win by so little! This year in Superbike I am continuing to work hard, gain experience and grow race by race. Everyone knows that this track isn’t the easiest for the Ducati but you can be sure that I’ll be fighting hard to take as many points as possible as I try to improve my position in the standings.”
Country: Czech Republic
Circuit: Automotodrom Brno
Length: 5.403 km
Race distance: 20 laps = 108.060 km
Best lap – Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’59.291 (2010). Superpole – Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’58.018 (2010). 2011 RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 2. Melandri (Yamaha); 3. Checa (Ducati). Race 2 – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 2. Melandri (Yamaha); 3. Checa (Ducati)
Source: Althea Racing
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