Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Monza:
Max Biaggi completed an impressive double at Monza, taking a dominant victory in the second World Superbike race of the day. The Italian's victory was a testament to the speed, acceleration and power of the Alitalia Aprilia RSV4, and a fitting result at Monza's temple of speed.
Biaggi once again got a rocket start, blasting into the first chicane ahead of the pack. Cal Crutchlow followed on the Sterilgarda Yamaha, but Crutchlow got savaged into turn one by Tom Sykes on the PBM Kawasaki and Troy Corser on the BMW S1000RR. Although everything had gone smoothly into the first corner during race one, race two was scrappier, and James Toseland went down after catching his brake lever on another bike, taking with him Ruben Xaus and Johnny Rea, while a host of other riders were forced to run straight on at the chicane, and start all over again at the back of the pack.
With Biaggi leading, Troy Corser and Leon Haslam soon made short work of Tom Sykes, while Cal Crutchlow chased. It took Crutchlow a few laps, but the Yamaha rider was soon on the leading group, then barging his way forward. Leon Haslam put up the most resistance, but the Alstare Suzuki man was just too short of top speed to either challenge Biaggi or hold of Crutchlow. Haslam got past Biaggi on the way into the Variante della Roggia, but just as in race one, Biaggi was back by the time they crossed the line to start the next lap.
Once Crutchlow got past Haslam a lap later, Crutchlow started to the process of sizing Biaggi up. Haslam was forced to engage with Corser, and that scrap caused them to lose touch with the leading pair. At the front, Biaggi was in control, but Crutchlow as looking cool and collected, seemingly poised to strike at will. His tactics appeared to be to assess the best point to attack, and wait until the last lap to forge ahead and take the lead. Crutchlow's engine had other ideas, however. The engine let go as they powered down the front straight at the start of lap 13, spewing a thin film of oil all over the bike's rear tire. As Biaggi and Crutchlow flicked right then left for the first chicane, Crutchlow found himself sliding into the gravel, the oil robbing his bike of rear grip.
Effectively, the race was over. Biaggi went on to take the win unchallenged, while Leon Haslam soon mastered Troy Corser to take 2nd. Corser was happy enough with 3rd, though, as the Australian finally scored BMW's first ever podium result in World Superbikes, a sign of the advances the team had made. Leon Camier crossed the line in 4th, the Alitalia Aprilia rider ending another strong weekend for the factory, while PBM Kawasaki's Tom Sykes rode a fantastic race to hold Noriyuki Haga off for 5th place, the team's best result of the year so far.
Biaggi's double closes up the gap in the championship, Haslam's lead now shrunk to just 3 points. Two DNFs for Johnny Rea put the Ten Kate Honda rider some 71 points behind Haslam, level with Carlos Checa and just 4 points ahead of James Toseland.
|1||3||M. Biaggi||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory|
|2||91||L. Haslam||GBR||Suzuki GSX-R1000||4.547|
|3||11||T. Corser||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||5.469|
|4||2||L. Camier||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||10.267|
|5||66||T. Sykes||GBR||Kawasaki ZX 10R||15.561|
|6||41||N. Haga||JPN||Ducati 1098R||15.816|
|7||50||S. Guintoli||FRA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||15.861|
|8||96||J. Smrz||CZE||Ducati 1098R||20.977|
|9||67||S. Byrne||GBR||Ducati 1098R||21.920|
|10||99||L. Scassa||ITA||Ducati 1098R||21.974|
|11||7||C. Checa||ESP||Ducati 1098R||27.152|
|12||76||M. Neukirchner||GER||Honda CBR1000RR||29.315|
|13||77||C. Vermeulen||AUS||Kawasaki ZX 10R||30.858|
|14||95||R. Hayden||USA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||47.160|
|15||23||B. Parkes||AUS||Honda CBR1000RR||48.824|
|RET||35||C. Crutchlow||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1||6 Laps|
|RET||15||M. Baiocco||ITA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||8 Laps|
|RET||57||L. Lanzi||ITA||Ducati 1098R||9 Laps|
|RET||31||V. Iannuzzo||ITA||Honda CBR1000RR||12 Laps|
|RET||84||M. Fabrizio||ITA||Ducati 1098R||17 Laps|
|RET||52||J. Toseland||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1|
|RET||111||R. Xaus||ESP||BMW S1000 RR|
|RET||65||J. Rea||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR|