Racing under Team Althea colours, Carlos Checa scored his 9th victory of 2011 aboard the Ducati 1198, underlining the Spaniard’s incredible form this year, the outstanding performance of his team and the continued competitiveness of Ducati’s iconic twin-cylinder production sportbike.
Checa now enjoys a confident 50 point lead over Max Biaggi for the World Championship, while Ducati lead the race for the Manufacturers’ title by 330 points. Ducati’s historic achievement of 300 race wins in the World Superbike Championship started with victory for Marco Lucchinelli in the very first event at Donington Park, England in 1988 and continued as 25 more Ducati-mounted riders wrote themselves into the pages of motorcycle racing history.
Riders such as Carl Fogarty, Doug Polen, Raymond Roche, Troy Corser, Giancarlo Falappa, Neil Hodgson, Piefrancesco Chili, Ben Bostrom, James Toseland, Noriyuki Haga and many others up until the legendary Troy Bayliss and latest World Championship leader, Carlos Checa.
To complete the impressive collection of statistics, those 300 victories also generated 155 Ducati pole positions, 753 podiums, 13 Rider’s and 16 Manufacturers’ World Championship titles.