Althea Racing Team: sixth and seventh for Checa and Giugliano in race 1 at Donington
13 May 2012A very unfortunate race day for Althea Racing's Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano at the Donington Park circuit. In race 1 the pair finished in sixth (Carlos) and seventh (Davide) position while in the second race both crashed out at the first corner.
Race 1 - Both Carlos and Davide were caught up in traffic at the first corner, finding themselves in eighth and tenth position respectively at the end of the first lap. The Althea men got past first Davies, then Camier and while Carlos gave chase to Rea ahead of him, his team-mate Davide battled it out with Guintoli. From mid-race on, Checa began to close the gap between himself and Rea, passing him on the fifteenth lap but Rea soon got back in front and increased his pace in the final stages, meaning that Carlos had to be satisfied with final sixth position. Giugliano, who maintained a strong pace right to the end, followed Checa across the line to close seventh, ahead of Guintoli.
Race 2 - the race came to a
premature end for both Althea men when, caught in traffic at the first
corner, both found themselves on the ground as a result of contact
between bikes. Carlos was unfortunately unable to continue while Davide
returned to the track; after a few laps, and a pit stop, he too retired
from the race.
At the end of this fifth round of the championship, current champion Checa now lies in fourth position with 105.5 points behind Rea with 108, Sykes with 123.5 and Biaggi with 128.5. Giugliano moves up to ninth with 50 points. Ducati continues to lead the manufacturer's championship with 161.5 points, to Aprilia's 139.
"After the result of race 1, which wasn't bad, I thought I'd be able to do more in the second. I tried to start strong and found a good position but when I got to the apex I saw Laverty in front of me and he braked suddenly, maybe there was a rider in front of him I don't know. I did everything I could to brake, to stop the bike, but there were riders all around me and I couldn't avoid a fall. My leg is a bit sore and a little swollen but I'm ok. I need a couple of days to get over this result and then I'll start preparing for Miller."
"It's a shame because the day had started out fairly positively. We had seen in race 1 that we had a strong pace and we were certain that we could do better in the second. I started race 2 convinced that I could be up there with the top four but unfortunately what happened at the first corner penalized me too. We have however demonstrated that we have good pace and now we go on to America, a track that I don't know, to see what we can do there."
Race 1 - 1. Melandri (BMW); 2. Haslam (BMW); 3. Sykes (Kawasaki).
Race 2 - 1. Rea (Honda); 2. Biaggi (Aprilia); 3. Sykes (Kawasaki)
Riders - 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 128.5; 2. Sykes (Kawasaki) 123.5; 3. Rea (Honda) 108; 4. Checa (Ducati) 105.5; 5. Melandri (BMW) 97.5; 6. Haslam (BMW) 89; 7. Guintoli (Ducati) 85; 8. Laverty (Aprilia) 65; 9. Giugliano (Ducati) 50; 10. Smrz (Ducati) 44.5;.
Manufacturers - Ducati 161.5; Aprilia 139; BMW 131; Kawasaki 129.5; Honda 112; Suzuki 40.5