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Brno WSBK: Melandri does the Czech Republic double

BMW's Marco Melandri has taken the double World Superbike win at Brno this afternoon but had to fight hard to beat Kawasaki's Tom Sykes in the second leg, nearly crashing with five laps to go when he nearly went down.

The win was only really between Melandri and the Kawasaki man with Carlos Checa a distant third but the Italian didn't have it all his own way. Melandri had passed Sykes after a couple of rehearsals into turn two but a lap after, his mistake on the brakes allowed Sykes back through.

Melandri was back past again on the last lap, though, diving underneath Sykes on the brakes into turn one and just has enough to keep the enthusiastic Huddersfield man behind him. Checa came in nearly seven seconds after the front two with Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty fourth and fifth.


Chaz Davies got the better of Leon Haslam after the Derbyshire man was given a hard push towards the edge of the track by his team-mate early in the race, while Loris Baz, Leon Camier and Michel Fabrizio rounded out the top ten.

Honda's Jonathan Rea had a massive crash in the first race and could only muster 12th in the second leg.

As a race, it really wasn't all that exciting.

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