MAX BIAGGI WINS AT BRNO IN RACE 2 OF THIS WSBK ROUND.
RECORD: THIS IS HIS ELEVENTH WIN ON THIS TRACK.
AND WITH THE SECOND PLACE IN RACE 1 HE RECOVERS IMPORTANT POINTS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
APRILIA THREE POINTS FROM THE TOP OF THE MANUFACTURER CHAMPIONSHIP.
Brno (Czech Republic), July 10th 2011 -- Max Biaggi triumphs in Race 2 after a spectacular duel with Melandri and this makes 11 career wins on the Czech track, the only such case of domination in modern motorcycle racing. The World Champion's weekend was not lacking in difficulty, but his experience and determination allowed Max to bring home an authoritative win which was also extremely important for the championship rankings. In fact, Biaggi gained another 13 points on the ranking leader, Checa, who now leads with 293 points against Biaggi's 263 and Melandri's 240.
Once again - as in the last round at Aragon - the two races were marked by the all-Italian duel between Biaggi and Melandri with Checa coming in third in both races. In the first race the three set a pace which was impossible for their rivals to match. But it was the two Italians who made a play for the final victory with Melandri overtaking just two laps from the end to determine the finishing order.
However, the Reigning World SBK Champion had his rematch in Race 2. He tackled it by putting all of his skills on the table: first he set a pace which proved to be fatal for Checa who, although never letting up, immediately fell behind the escaping leaders. Then, seeing that Melandri had resisted the pace, he pulled no punches engaging in a spectacular duel with the rider from Ravenna, overtaking him definitively on the penultimate lap. From there on it was a race to the finish line, closing off any opportunity for attack by his rival thanks to the impressive pace on the last lap.
"Everyone was expecting this victory and now I am very happy for me, for Aprilia and for my many fans here - commented Biaggi at the end - but it was certainly not easy. Let's just say that Race 1 taught me something. I would have liked to have been faster there in the last laps, but that's not always possible. So, along with my team, which did some excellent work, we decided to make a few changes to my RSV4. Just some small details that, in races like these, can make all the difference. I tried to maintain a pace which would break away from Melandri, but when I saw at the end that he was still there, I prepared for a direct battle. When he overtook me I didn't think for an instant about letting up. I looked for a hole to overtake him as soon as I could and then I pushed it to the maximum. I wanted this victory too much". As for the championship Max weighed his words: "It is still a long championship and Checa has a lot of advantages. There are tracks ahead which are more favourable for him and even here he did very well. But we are very determined. We'll try to be consistent and not to let up, right down to the very end".
With the Brno race Aprilia closes the gap to just three points in the Manufacturer rankings.
(Ducati 305, Aprilia 302, Yamaha 280, BMW 173, Suzuki 138, Kawasaki 126, Honda 113).
It was a weekend to forget for Leon Camier, who was unable to find the right feeling on this demanding track. In Race 1 he took a "battle scarred" seventh place in that he earned it fighting with great character in a pack with Haslam, Lascorz, Sainz and Sykes.
But Race 2 held a crash in store for Leon as well as a consequent withdrawal during the thirteenth lap as he was battling in the back. A bitter weekend, but also great desire to come back and do well in the next round when he'll race on his "home" track at Silverstone.