Race 2 - Once again both Althea men got away well and were in fourth (Carlos) and fifth (Davide) place at the end of lap one. By lap three Checa had passed Laverty, moving into third place. From there he startedto push to catch leaders Sykes and Melandri but unfortunately the two leaders had a slightly better pace and the Spaniard had trouble stickingwith them. He was nevertheless able to hold his position until the finish line, earning himself a third place finish and valuable championship points.
After only a few laps Davide started to suffer due to a lack of grip at the front, and the problem only worsened as the race progressed. As a result, he was unable to keep with the leading pack and lost several positions. He lost more ground in the final phases but was able to crossthe line, in eventual eleventh place, and score a handful of useful points in the process.
After this ninth round, Checa lies in fourth position in the championship standings with 204.5 points while Davide is ninth with 99 points. Ducati slips to third place in the manufacturer's championship with 276.5 points, behind BMW and Aprilia.
"We knew it would be hard at this track so I think we can be happy with third and fourth place finishes today. Despite the difficulties on the grid and at the start of race 1, I was able to stick with those ahead ofme and maintain a good pace. I admit I had my doubts on the grid because there is no way of knowing whether conditions will change duringthe race but we made the right tyre choice. Having said that it was hard - I had trouble catching and then passing those in front. So, all things considered, and bearing in mind that Rea crashed in front of me on the last lap, final fourth position wasn't so bad. Then, in race 2, Istarted to lose grip in the final stages. There was no way I could keepup with Tom and Marco but I'm pleased that I was able to stay close andtake third place. The team has worked really well together and it's also thanks to the harmony in the garage that I was able to take these results today."
"What a pity about race 1. It was my mistake because on the grid we weredeciding which tyre to use and I didn't want to go out on slicks. It was the wrong decision and after a couple of laps it was impossible to ride and I crashed. It's a shame because I felt really fast and though Idon't know whether I could have fought for the win, I could surely havebeen a podium contender. In the second race I had grip issues right from lap two onwards. It became increasingly difficult to manage the situation and I lost a lot of ground. I thank my team for all their hardwork this weekend because, even if we didn't take the results that we wanted, we know that was have the pace and are competitive. Let's see what we can do now in the upcoming races."
RESULT: Race 1 - 1. Melandri (BMW); 2. Sykes (Kawasaki); 3. Baz (Kawasaki). Race 2 - 1. Melandri (BMW); 2. Sykes (Kawasaki); 3. Checa (Ducati)
Riders - 1. 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 271.5; 2. Melandri (BMW) 250.5; 3. Syeks(Kawsaki) 212.5; 4. Checa (Ducati) 204.5; Rea (Honda) 187; 6. Haslam (BMW) 160; 7. Laverty (Aprilia) 148; 8. Guintoli (Ducati) 110; 9. Giugliano (Ducati) 99; 10. Davies (Aprilia) 93.
Manufacturers- BMW 292; Aprilia 290; Ducati 276.5; Kawasaki 218.5; Honda 193; Suzuki 72.5
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