GALLERY: Checa takes double win in Superbikes

Laverty, Melandri and Checa battle for first in the second race at Silverstone World Superbike Championship
Laverty, Melandri and Checa battle for first in the second race at Silverstone World Superbike Championship

AFTER scoring two World Superbike second places at Silverstone Brit Eugene Laverty dedicated the results to his injured brother John.

Laverty was beaten across the line in both Sunday’s races by the Althea Ducati of series leader Carlos Checa, but admits he was happy to emerge best of the rest at Silverstone.

Onboard the Yamaha World Superbike Team R1, Laverty grabbed two solid second places.

Laverty held the lead for six laps, but was powerless to stop Checa, who made his move on lap seven. Laverty tried his best to stay with the Spaniard, but tyre troubles made it impossible. Race two was an almost carbon copy of the first.

In both races ex MotoGP rider Marco Melandri, finished third.

After his double podium result, he revealed he had been gunning for the win for his brother John, who is expected to remain in hospital for some time after a horrific crash at Oulton Park last month when he collided with the pit wall at high speed during first free practice.

John, who has endured a tough season onboard the Buildbase BMW in the British Superbike Championship, suffered a multitude of injuries including two broken ankles, a fractured pelvis, broken ribs, a fractured knee and dislocated shoulders.

Eugene added: “I was pushing for the win in that second race for my brother John.”

Sunday’s result means Laverty remains fourth in the championship on 208 points. Checa’s double win sees him extend his lead to 343 points ahead of Max Biaggi on 281.

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