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WSBK 2011 RACES: Phillip Island once again staged two highly competitive races to start the WSBK Championship for 2011. Given that the official works entries from Ducati are no longer competing, the observer might discount their performance, someone forgot to tell Carlos Checa however, the #7: Althea Racing Ducati team won both races convincingly.

THE 21st ANNIVERSARY & WSBK GRID GIRLS: Phillip Island celebrated the 21st anniversary of the World Superbike Championship at the circuit, the 'hand written' note at the base of the cake reads: 'FIM Superbike World Championship 1990-2011 Phillip Island Circuit, Australia'.

WSBK 21st BIRTHDAY CAKE

ALFA ROMEO COURSE CARS

THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THE WSBK LADIES!

RACE 1: Carlos Checa appeared to be the man to beat, claiming Superpole with Max Biaggi, Sylvain Guintoli and Leon Haslam taking the minor grid positions.

#7: CARLOS CHECA, ON POLE

#1: MAX BIAGGI, 2nd GRID POSITION

#50: SYLVAIN GUINTOLI, 3rd GRID POSITION

#91: LEON HASLAM, 4th GRID POSITION

A PERFECT START FOR THE TOP THREE QUALIFIERS

CARLOS HOLDING OFF MAX

CARLOS AND MAX TOGETHER AND A GOOD START BY LEON

#7: CARLOS CHECA, ALTHEA RACING (FIRST)

#1: MAX BIAGGI, APRILIA ALITALIA RACING TEAM (SECOND)

#91: LEON HASLAM, BMW MOTORRAD MOTORSPORT (THIRD)

#2: LEON CAMIER, APRILIA ALITALIA RACING TEAM

#11: TROY CORSER, BMW MOTORRAD MOTORSPORT

#12: JOSH WATERS, YOSHIMURA SUZUKI

#41: NORI HAGA, PATA RACING TEAM APRILIA

#33: MARCO MELANDRI, YAMAHA WORLD SUPERBIKE TEAM

#86: AYRTON BADOVINI, BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SBK TEAM

#111: RUBEN XAUS, CASTROL-TEN KATE HONDA

RACE 1 - CHEQUERED FLAG AND ROSTRUM: Carlos Checa and the Althea Ducati proved totally dominant in the first race of 2011, Max Biaggi tried to close the gap but Carlos appeared to be riding well within the capabilities of his motorcycle. Carlos won the race by some four seconds from Max and third was a surprise, Leon Haslam on his first ever ride for BMW Motorrad Motorsport claimed the final position on the podium some six seconds astern of Max.

There were some disappointing performances, Ayrton Badovini finished some thirty six seconds behind Checa in 14th place and Ruben Xaus finished some forty two seconds behind Checa in 16th place.

#7: CARLOS CHECA 'FIRST'

#91: LEON HASLAM 'THIRD'

RACE 1 ROSTRUM: 1st: #7: CARLOS CHECA (DUCATI), 2nd: #1: MAX BIAGGI (APRILIA) AND 3rd: #91: LEON HASLAM (BMW)

MORE WSBK 2011 PHILLIP ISLAND RACE COVERAGE: Please continue my coverage of the WSBK 2011 Races by selecting from the following pages...

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Copyright 2013   Derek J. Hanbidge,  (aka Deejay51),  all rights reserved.
Revised: August 25, 2013.

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