I've watched the video a few times and the move looks firm and retrospectively with hindsight, too firm for the conditions and not really taking Brett McCormick into account. I'd stop short of saying outright that Checa ran him off the track but he certainly appears to have forced McCormick to feel the need to take avoiding action when he didn't need to. Perhaps inexperience compounded this, who knows but Checa could have given him more room or passed further on given his comparative pace.
I thought Johnny Rea would walk both races if I'm honest. He should get an award for his save in race 1 at least. It looks to me that he's doing ok on a bike that clearly isn't sorted. I don't doubt Ten Kate's abilities so it must be HRC that are holding the Fireblade back. It's strange that the road bike couldn't be more usable and effortly fast yet the Superbike is an unruly tyre hating beast. Baffled by Aoyama, I see the reasons ie tyres, weight, different electronics etc etc but he should be quicker.
BMW are about there after a long time trying. I suspect the S1000RR is about to become the bike to beat. Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam could be quite a formidable team if Motorrad have finally found the formula. I think BMW might be game changers if they get successful and dominant in WSB, the road bike certainly is.
The 1198 still has miles left in her although I suspect they'll have a job hanging onto much at Monza shortly, unless it rains. Did anyone else notice the Panigales starting to gang up in Superstock? WSB will always be the yin to MotoGP's yang for Ducati methinks. Chuffed for Sylvain Guintoli and hopefully there's more to come despite the fact he's French ;)
A bit gutted for Tom Sykes but there were many more positives to take from the weekend I reckon. The bike is the ZXR750 incarnate and about bloody time. I was surprised the engine went pop as it's a very un-Kawasaki thing to do. Tom is fast and the rest will come.
Aprilia, my boy Laverty is starting to show why I have faith in him whilst me other boy Davies is still waiting for his luck to turn, which it will. Was Max just having one of his off meetings where he can't be arsed? He was probably wondering what 215mph+ is going to feel like at Monza.