Carlos Checa - Photo Credit: Pirelli

Carlos Checa - Photo Credit: Pirelli

 

At the age of 38, Carlos Checa has become the new Superbike World Champion after scoring his fifth double victory of an incredible season. The Spaniard entered the weekend needing just three points to secure the title but proceeded to take his 13th and 14th race wins.

Eugene Laverty made the early running in race one, taking advantage from a nightmare start from polesitter Jonathan Rea, but once Checa had battled his way past second-placed Leon Camier on lap three, the Irishman was living on borrowed time.

Checa relentlessly chased down the Yamaha before finally diving up the inside into Chateaux d'Eau on lap ten, giving him a lead he would never relinquish. Marco Melandri, the only man with a mathematical chance of delaying the title celebrations, did his bit by storming through to second, overtaking Laverty and Leon Haslam with three laps to go.

Haslam took the final place on the podium while Camier beat Laverty to fourth after passing him on the penultimate lap. Sylvain Guintoli took sixth while Tom Sykes had a lonely ride to tenth. Jonathan Rea's race never recovered from the poor start but it eventually came to an end with a crash at the final chicane four laps in.

The Castrol Honda rider made a better start to race two and led the early stages from Laverty, Camier and Checa. Laverty grabbed the lead on lap seven after outdragging Rea on the exit of the Adelaide hairpin, making slight contact on the way past but he soon had Checa giving chase again after Rea's CBR1000RR hit mechanical problems.

Laverty held on until lap 14 before Checa repeated his race one move to take the lead. Melandri would follow him home in second again but left it until the final lap before forcing his way past his teammate. In doing so, the Italian also made sure of the runner-up spot in the championship.

Haslam finished just off the podium in fourth ahead of Guintoli and Haslam but Tom Sykes didn't make it into the points this time after retiring without completing a lap.

 

Riders Championship (After Round 12: Magny Cours)

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Wins Pts
1 (C) Carlos Checa SPA Ducati Althea Racing 14 467
2 Marco Melandri ITA Yamaha Yamaha World Superbike Team 3 360
3 Eugene Laverty IRL Yamaha Yamaha World Superbike Team 2 283
4 Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team 2 281
5 Leon Haslam GBR BMW BMW Motorrad Motorsport 216
6 Leon Camier GBR Aprilia Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team 194
7 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Ducati Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing 179
8 Noriyuki Haga JAP Aprilia PATA Racing Team Aprilia 170
9 Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team 155
10 Michel Fabrizio ITA Suzuki Team Suzuki Alstare 145
11 Joan Lascorz SPA Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 142
12 Jonathan Rea GBR Honda Castrol Honda 2 138
13 Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 1 133
14 Jakub Smrz CZE Ducati Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing 118
15 Troy Corser AUS BMW BMW Motorrad Motorsport 85
16 Ruben Xaus SPA Honda Castrol Honda 49
17 Maxime Berger FRA Ducati Supersonic Racing Team 49
18 Roberto Rolfo ITA Kawasaki Team Pedercini 42
19 Mark Aitchison AUS Kawasaki Team Pedercini 36
20 John Hopkins USA Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing 20
21 Chris Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 14
22 James Toseland GBR BMW BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team 13
23 Javier Fores SPA BMW BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team 12
24 Lorenzo Lanzi ITA BMW BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team 10
25 Josh Waters AUS Suzuki Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team 8
26 Federico Sandi SPA Ducati Althea Racing 7
27 Alessandro Polita ITA Ducati Barni Racing Team S.N.C 5
28 Matteo Baiocco ITA Ducati Barni Racing Team 4
29 Barry Veneman NED BMW BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team 3
30 Jon Kirkham GBR Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing 3
31 Viktor Kispataki HUN Honda Prop-tech Ltd. 1
32 Alex Lowes GBR Honda Castrol Honda 1
33 Fabrizio Lai ITA Honda Echo Sport Racing Company 1
34 Bryan Staring AUS Kawasaki Team Pedercini 1