Motorsports Mondial


Checa checks out. Motorsports season is heating up all around the world. Past weekend saw the opening round of the 2011 World Super Bikes in Australia. Carlos Checa of Spain wins both races of the weekend at Phillip Island, track which can only be described as super splendid.

Checa rides for Althea Racing Ducati. Second was an all Italian job; Max Biaggi on Alitalia sponsored Aprilia. Leon Haslam of UK was third for BMW Motorrad Motorsport.

Top two in the second race of the weekend remained the same; Checa and Biaggi were joined on the podium by Italian Marco Melandri who finished third.

Next round is at the end of this month at Donington.


De Conto conquers La Conca. WSK Master Series saw in action in Muro Leccese at La Conca. Italian drivers occupied the top two steps of the podium. Paolo de Conto winning for Energy kart. Second was veteran Tony Kart ace Marco Ardigo. His teammates, Rick Dreezen of Belgium and Patrik Hajek of Czech Republic, were third and fourth respectively.

Talented Dutch teenager Miss Beitske Visser was fifth for Intrepid team.

Kicks on 66. Jeff Gordon had gone 66 races without a win while teammate Jimmy Johnson wins the championship annually. On Sunday Gordon passed Kyle Busch late in the race to become joint number five, with Cale Yarborough, in the all time win list with 83 victories. Johnson was third and Kevin Harvick fourth.

Montoya was 19th. The show continues next weekend in Vegas.

— Nasir Hameed

Greetings and Flamingo regards.

P.S. Team Kaput sans TK. The boys of Brazil have gone separate ways. Gil de Ferran has closed his Indy car shop after the departure of Tony Kanaan.