Results and summary of World Superbike Race 1 at Monza:
Eugene Laverty has taken victory in the first World Superbike race of the Monza WSBK event, riding as near to a perfect race as it is possible to do to beat Max Biaggi.
Laverty got off the line with the front group, BMW's Troy Corser getting into the Prima Variante chicane first, diving ahead of Max Biaggi on the Aprilia, Laverty's Yamaha teammate Marco Melandri slipping ahead of the Irishman. Corser's reign at the front would not last long, Biaggi blasting past as the leaders crossed the line for the end of the first lap.
Biaggi's lead lasted even shorter, for on the run into the first chicane, Eugene Laverty sailed past on the brakes, taking over 1st from the Italian. A battle then unfolded between speed and braking, Biaggi edging past Laverty on sheer acceleration and speed along the straights, Laverty sliding back underneath the Italian on the brakes into Monza's chicanes.
The duel allowed Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri to close in on the leaders, Haslam having come through from a mediocre start. Then, on lap 11, the battle between Biaggi and Laverty was decided in Laverty's favor, when Biaggi made a mistake going into the first chicane, running wide and getting tangled up with Haslam and Melandri.
The battle for 1st then repeated itself for 2nd, Biaggi using the speed of the Aprilia to get past Haslam's BMW, while Haslam had the better of Biaggi on the brakes, leading to a good deal of frustration for Haslam as the BMW man felt that the duel was allowing Laverty to get away. Complicating the situation even further was the lurking Marco Melandri, the Italian sitting waiting for either Biaggi or Haslam to make a mistake.
In the end, the result was decided by a brutal pass by Melandri on Haslam. The Italan stuffed his Yamaha inside the BMW of Haslam going into the first chicane on lap 14, leaving Haslam with no option but to run straight on at the chicane and rejoin the race behind the Italian. That move allowed Biaggi to get enough of a gap to secure 2nd, Haslam taking back 3rd and holding Melandri off comfortably.
Neither man, though, had anything for Laverty. The Yamaha rider went on to secure his debut victory in the World Superbike class with relative ease, leaving Biaggi in 2nd and Haslam in 3rd. Championship leader Carlos Checa's Althea Ducati was no match for the might of the four cylinders at Monza, but the Spaniard secured 9th place just behind Leon Camier, grabbing a handful of points to defend his lead with.
|1||58||E. LAVERTY||IRL||Yamaha YZF R1|
|2||1||M. BIAGGI||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1.575|
|3||91||L. HASLAM||GBR||BMW S1000 RR||3.078|
|4||33||M. MELANDRI||ITA||Yamaha YZF R1||3.255|
|5||84||M. FABRIZIO||ITA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||11.812|
|6||4||J. REA||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||12.371|
|7||11||T. CORSER||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||13.280|
|8||2||L. CAMIER||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||17.419|
|9||7||C. CHECA||ESP||Ducati 1098R||17.569|
|10||96||J. SMRZ||CZE||Ducati 1098R||18.420|
|11||86||A. BADOVINI||ITA||BMW S1000 RR||20.031|
|12||50||S. GUINTOLI||FRA||Ducati 1098R||20.405|
|13||66||T. SYKES||GBR||Kawasaki ZX-10R||26.693|
|14||121||M. BERGER||FRA||Ducati 1098R||38.429|
|15||111||R. XAUS||ESP||Honda CBR1000RR||40.164|
|16||41||N. HAGA||JPN||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||49.081|
|17||8||M. AITCHISON||AUS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||57.930|
|18||32||F. LAI||ITA||Honda CBR1000RR||1'03.039|
|RET||17||J. LASCORZ||ESP||Kawasaki ZX-10R||9 Laps|
|RET||44||R. ROLFO||ITA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||12 Laps|