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Spain’s Carlos Checa, Italy’s Marco Melandri win World Superbike races

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"I tried to make life not easy for him," Melandri said. "But Carlos was running very strong."

Following Checa and Melandri, Max Biaggi of Italy ended up in third place. He also finished third in the second race.

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"I am not super happy," Biaggi said. "But not too bad."

Pole-sitter Jakub Smrz of the Czech Republic was not a serious factor in either race.

In the opener, he got off the starting line a bit slowly and was beaten into the first turn. He was fifth after the first lap and never threatened the front-runners while finishing sixth.

In the nightcap, Smrz placed ninth.

Meanwhile, Salt Lake City’s Shane Turpin turned in a commendable performance after accepting a wild-card invitation in the WSBK event in his hometown.

Turpin placed 18th and 19th, respectively.

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