Carlos Checa took victory in the first race of the World Superbikes at Misano ahead of Max Biaggi on the Alitalia Aprilia and Marco Melandri on the factory Yamaha.  Tom Sykes on the works Kawasaki started in pole but finished the race in fourth position, his and Kawasaki’s best result so far this season.

Kawasaki’s good luck continued in Misano with Broc Parkes taking the victory and points lead in the World Supersport race.