|Motorcycle News: Checa celebrates Race 2 win|
It was Max Biaggi who celebrated the first victory of the new season onboard his Aprilia Racing machine, beating second place BMW rider Marco Melandri by an astonishing seven seconds. Popular Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli put in a surprise performance to take the final spot on the podium, securing him a great start to the season.
|Motorcycle News: Biaggi building up 7 second lead in Race 1|
Race 2 saw current World Champion Carlos Checa, return from a high-speed exit in race one, to reassert his dominance on his Althea Racing machine to claim the top step on the podium. Race 1 winner Biaggi claimed an impressive second place after running off the track on the first lap. Tom Sykes broke his spell of bad luck from last season, with a dramatic pass on Jonathan Rea on the final lap securing him his first dry-weather podium for Kawasaki.
|Motorcycle News: Marco Melandri on the grid for BMW|
All in all an exciting start to the championship and a promising insight into what lays ahead in the 2012 racing calendar.
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