2009 World Superbikes Monza Race 1 Result - Bizarre Last Corner Incident Gives Unexpected Winner

Result of World Superbikes race 1 at Monza:

Michel Fabrizio took a surprising victory in the first World Superbike race at Monza, after a bizarre finish to the race. Fabrizio, Xerox Ducati team mate Noriyuki Haga and Yamaha's Ben Spies slugged it out for most of the race, but Ben Spies seemed to have it in the bag with two laps to go. Fabrizio and Haga were holding each other up vying for 2nd, and Spies entered the final Parabolica corner with a comfortable lead. But at that point, the Texan's Yamaha suddenly died on him, and Spies rolled slowly through the corner, forced to watch how 14 other riders crossed the line ahead of him.

Spies' misfortune gifted Fabrizio his first win in World Superbikes, ahead of Haga. Ryuichi Kiyonari was given third, despite Max Biaggi crossing the line in third, as Biaggi was penalized 20 seconds for cutting across the Roggia chicane early in the race.

The race started an hour late, after the first attempt to start the race ended in disaster at Monza's notorious first chicane. Max Neukirchner, Troy Corser, Brendan Roberts, Tommy Hill and Makoto Tamada all piled up, Neukirchner being badly injured, with a broken collarbone and a suspected broken femur being reported. 

Results: 

Pos No Rider Country Bike Diff
1 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R  
2 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 0.239
3 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 8.175
4 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 11.001
5 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 12.447
6 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 13.693
7 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 19.172
8 55 R. Laconi FRA Ducati 1098R 24.989
9 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 26.930
10 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 27.418
11 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 27.752
12 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 29.545
13 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 30.952
14 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 31.414
15 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 36.998
16 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 42.732
17 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 48.835
18 98 J. Zemke USA Honda CBR1000RR 48.888
19 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 50.612
20 33 T. Hill GBR Honda CBR1000RR 51.706
21 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 55.510
22 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 58.214
23 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'01.130
24 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'16.850
RET 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1 Lap
RET 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR  

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
5
2009

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