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Carlos Checa extends lead in World SBK

  Melandri wins his first in WSBK

Marco MelandriNew rider to WSBK racing Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike) took only three races to record his first WSBK win, finally overhauling long time leader Jakub Smrz (Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati) to win by 2.455 seconds.

The last podium place went to Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati), after he passed local hero Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) with two corners to go.

Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) scored fifth place and Noriyuki Haga (Pata Racing Aprilia) was sixth, one place up on the factory bike of Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia).

Race 2: Carlos takes full points in race two

Carlos ChecaCarlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) controlled race two from the early laps and won by 3.397 seconds from race one victor Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike). Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia) was a contender for second for long periods, before Melandri upped the pace and left Camier behind.

Another Leon, Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), went fourth for the second time today, despite running off track at one point. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) was a great fifth on the new ZX-10R machine.

Checa now leads Melandri in the overall standings, 91 points to 72.

Luca Scassa two from two in Supersport

Luca ScassaYamaha ParkinGO riders Luca Scassa and Chaz Davies contested the win in the 22-lap Supersport race, with Davies 0.270 seconds down at the flag.

Behind, Gino Rea took the final podium place for his Step Racing Honda team, as Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Honda) went fourth and Kawasaki rider Broc Parkes secured fifth place.

In the championship Scassa has a perfect 50 points and Parkes is second with 31.