Carlos Checa riding the Ducati 1198 took victories in both the World Superbikes races at Imola. This has put him in the lead in the World Superbikes Championship after two rounds and four races. However, Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes who finished both the races at Imola and one race at Phillip Island in second place on a resurgent Kawasaki ZX10R managed by the new Provec team has closed in substantially on Checa who did not finish the first race in Philip Island. Imola also ensured that even the third place finisher in both races would the same; Leon Haslam on the BMW S1000RR standing on the third step of the podium for both the races. Max Biaggi on the potent Aprilia RSV4 who has been tipped as the next favourite for the title after Checa finished in fourth position in both the races.
In the World Supersports category race victory was taken by veteran Fabien Foret riding a Kawasaki ZX6R thereby rounding off a good weekend for the Japanese manufacturer who is working hard to once again become a force that it once was in World Superbikes and World Supersports series. Sam Lowes and Ronan Quarmby, both riding Hondas took the second and third places on the podium.