Results and summary of World Superbikes Race 1 at Monza:
Max Biaggi has taken victory in the first World Superbike race of the day at Monza, taking advantage of the blistering top speed of his Alitalia Aprilia to hold off the many challenges he faced.
Biaggi certainly didn't get it all his own way, though, despite getting a rocket-propelled start almost reminiscent of Dani Pedrosa in MotoGP. The Italian lead by a big margin into the first chicane, whose revised design has been a big improvement both in terms of safety and speed. Alstare Suzuki's Leon Haslam followed, with BMW's Troy Corser and the Xerox Ducati of Michel Fabrizio close on his tail.
Neither the Ducati nor - surprisingly, given its top speed - the BMW were to last long, Fabrizio and Corser soon losing out to the Sterilgarda Yamahas of Cal Crutchlow and James Toseland. Haslam had taken the opportunity to creep onto Biaggi's back wheel, and on lap 5, his efforts were rewarded, pulling out of the Aprilia's draft to dive into Turn 1 in the lead.
Haslam's lead was to last for just under a lap, for Biaggi was back as they crossed the line to start lap 6, and the dice had allowed Crutchlow and Toseland to catch the two leaders. The two Yamahas then set about engaging Haslam's Suzuki, and that battle allowed Johnny Rea to close the leading group down, arriving on the tail of the front four by the halfway mark after a poor start had forced him to fight his way forward again. The effort had the Ten Kate Honda rider in such an aggressive frame of mind that he pushed to pass Crutchlow at the Parabolica, but the move asked just a little too much of his front tire. Rea slid off into the gravel, his Ten Kate Honda cartwheeling through the gravel and landing on top of the tire wall at trackside, leaving Rea running around wondering where his bike had gone, hopeful of remounting and rejoining.
With Rea gone, the race came down to a battle between the front four. Biaggi looked most comfortable of all, the following pack of Toseland, Crutchlow and Haslam rarely close enough to mount a challenge. Worse still, the trio chasing Biaggi could not agree on the order in which to give chase, Crutchlow and Toseland passing each other several times, and holding each other up.
With just over 2 laps to go, Toseland got the upper hand in that fight, and started closing the Italian down, arriving on the back wheel of the Aprilia in what looked like plenty of time to attack. But Biaggi's guile and the top speed of the Aprilia RSV4 proved too much for the Sterilgarda Yamaha rider, and Biaggi crossed the line to take victory with a relatively comfortable margin, while Toseland was left to hold off his teammate Cal Crutchlow, just fractionally behind. Leon Haslam ended the day in 4th, rather disappointed to have given up so many points to his Italian arch rival.
|1||3||M. Biaggi||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory|
|2||52||J. Toseland||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1||0.247|
|3||35||C. Crutchlow||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1||0.297|
|4||91||L. Haslam||GBR||Suzuki GSX-R1000||0.958|
|5||2||L. Camier||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||4.493|
|6||111||R. Xaus||ESP||BMW S1000 RR||7.343|
|7||84||M. Fabrizio||ITA||Ducati 1098R||7.369|
|8||11||T. Corser||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||9.344|
|9||66||T. Sykes||GBR||Kawasaki ZX 10R||15.338|
|10||50||S. Guintoli||FRA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||16.761|
|11||41||N. Haga||JPN||Ducati 1098R||16.921|
|12||76||M. Neukirchner||GER||Honda CBR1000RR||22.231|
|13||67||S. Byrne||GBR||Ducati 1098R||22.602|
|14||7||C. Checa||ESP||Ducati 1098R||22.742|
|15||96||J. Smrz||CZE||Ducati 1098R||26.266|
|16||99||L. Scassa||ITA||Ducati 1098R||26.415|
|17||57||L. Lanzi||ITA||Ducati 1098R||26.968|
|18||77||C. Vermeulen||AUS||Kawasaki ZX 10R||36.964|
|19||95||R. Hayden||USA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||51.646|
|20||23||B. Parkes||AUS||Honda CBR1000RR||1 Lap|
|RET||71||D. Sakai||JPN||Suzuki GSX-R1000||9 Laps|
|RET||65||J. Rea||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||10 Laps|
|RET||31||V. Iannuzzo||ITA||Honda CBR1000RR||17 Laps|
|EX||15||M. Baiocco||ITA||Kawasaki ZX 10R|