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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Carlos Checa coming out of the Knockout turn on his way to winning FIM Superbike World Championship Race One, Monday, May 28, 2012.
Spain’s Carlos Checa, Italy’s Marco Melandri win World Superbike races
First Published May 28 2012 01:18 pm • Last Updated May 29 2012 12:16 am

Tooele • Spain’s Carlos Checa and Italy’s Marco Melandri raced to victory Monday in two FIM Superbike World Championship races at Miller Motorsports Park.

One win was expected.

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The other? Not so much.

In Race 1, Checa won in Utah for the fifth time in five years with an overpowering performance.

The reigning world champion easily defeated Melandri by 2.313 seconds and appeared to set himself up perfectly for an afternoon sweep.

In Race 2, however, Checa spun down after opening a big lead midway through the 64-mile contest.

Melandri seized the moment.

He stayed close to the leaders and passed Great Britain’s Jonathan Rea on the final lap to score his second win of the season.

Melandri trailed Rea by nearly a half second with two laps remaining, but he didn’t panic.

"I just tried to stay calm and get a good feeling about catching Jonathan," he said.


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Melandri cut Rea’s lead in half on the next-to-last lap before pushing forward and winning for the second time in his young career.

"I was making some mistakes at the end," Rea said. "... But it’s so nice to be on the podium. Congratulations to Marco. Good job."

In his quest for a sweep in the second race, Checa was 1.346 seconds in front of Great Britain’s Tom Sykes after only three laps.

At the back of the 24-racer field, however, Japan’s Hiroshi Aoyama shredded a tire, crashed, spilled oil on the track and caused a 60-minute delay.

The restart didn’t seem to bother Checa.

He quickly grabbed the lead and, within four laps, he extended his advantage over Melandri to 1.468 seconds.

It looked like Checa was headed to another easy victory when he crashed with 13 laps remaining, opening the door for Melandri and the BMW Motorrad Motorsports team.

"BMW has so many fans all over the world," Melandri said. "To give them a victory here is amazing."

In Race 1, Checa seized control early and rolled to victory aboard his Ducati 1098R motorcycle for Althea Racing.

"It is a happy moment for me," he said.

Checa stalked Sykes and Melandri for the first six laps before grabbing the lead and gradually pulling away.

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