2010 Monza World Superbike Race 2 Result - Blown Engine Allows Dominant Win

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.


Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
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  
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Who would have thought the person Haga would most commonly duel with would be Sylvain Guitoli? Now slight intended for Guintoli.

Bad weekend for Rea. Though a great one for Sykes. Is his performance on that Kawasaki just a message that they just need a really hungry rider to make it go fast or what? I wonder how he'd be doing if he'd have gotten a second year with Yamaha.

It was great to see Troy Corser on the podium. As an Australian and a fan of BMW's recent effort to reinvent itself I'm always in his corner. But in all honesty it has to be said his podium was not so much the reflection of progress but of the fact that Toseland, Crutchlow and Rea crashed out of the race. Otherwise he'd most likely finish around 5-7 place, which is where he usually ends up anyway.
Still, it's good to see him up there.

It seems Cal's engine let go after a rock thrown by Biaggi's rear wheel punctured the oil cooler. Tough luck.

I wonder who'll win first this season, Cal or James.