2007 WSB Monza Results

May 13, 2007
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There was no catching Noriyuki Haga‘s R1 on Sunday as the Yamaha Motor Italia rider sped to victories in both races at Monza. Haga won Race 1 by more than 8 seconds after championship points leader James Toseland fell off the pace on a tire gamble aboard his Ten Kate Honda. Toseland ran a soft tire that didn’t go the full race distance and caused him to drop from fighting for the lead to fourth. The two Ten Kate Hondas had harried Haga until the tire problems affected both Toseland and Roberto Rolfo, who at one time challenged for a podium spot but ultimately finished seventeenth.

The grandstands at Monza were filled as attendance was estimated at 108 000. - Monza
Noriyuki Haga carried Saturday’s polesetting momentum onto Monza’s track Sunday as no one could keep up with Nitro Nori and his Yamaha Motor Italia R1.

Joining Haga on the Race 1 rostrum were Ducati Xerox rider Troy Bayliss, who finished second, and Max Biaggi who finished third for the Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra team. Biaggi’s finish was impressive considering the Roman rider almost ran off the track at the chicane on lap 14.

In Race 2 at Monza, Nitro Nori enjoyed a 2.9-second victory to complete the first double win this year. In the process, Haga set a new Monza lap record of 1’46.064 on lap six of the second race.

“Today was perfect – the perfect end to a perfect weekend. I have taken Superpole, won both races and got the fastest lap in the second race. This weekend the bike was feeling good and we didn’t make any big changes to the set-up which is unusual for me. We focused on the engine because this is such a fast track and the results speak for themselves,” Haga said.

The real battle of Race 2 was the fight for second place which saw Toseland, Biaggi and Bayliss swapping places on the final lap. Bayliss and Biaggi closed in on Toseland but the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider held them off to finish in second place. Bayliss was third and Hannspree’s Rolfo finished just off the podium in fourth. Biaggi had a huge rear end wobble at the Ascari chicane that robbed him of a potential second place, especially after it looked like he and Bayliss hit as each jostled for position on the final run to the Parabolica.

The Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse team suffered a disappointing day after Regis Laconi’s encouraging Superpole runs earned him a second row start. Fonsi Nieto was unable to finish either race and the Kawasaki’s were plagued by a combination of engine problems and rear chattering.

“To tell the truth, I want to forget this weekend as fast as I can. In Race 1 the engine was loosing oil on the tire and I risked three times to crash, so I went to the box. In Race 2 I’ve got a problem to the air-box and everyone passed me and the only thing I could do was to go straight to the box,” said Fonsi Nieto.

Toseland still leads the championship standings with 209 points, but Haga jumped past Biaggi for second with 194 points. Biaggi, who earned a crowd-pleasing rostrum finish at Monza, is in third with 191 points.

The 108,000 spectators that packed the grandstands Sunday were treated to a special day that saw Monza-based Yamaha Motor Italia present the home crowd with plenty to cheer about with its two victories.

World Superbike Monza Race 1 Results:
1. Haga – Yamaha Motor Italia – 32’04.428
2. Bayliss – Ducati Xerox – 32’12.831
3. Biaggi – Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra – 32’14.131
4. Toseland – Hannspree Ten Kate Honda – 32’18.015
5. Corser – Yamaha Motor Italia – 32’19.326
6. Kagayama – Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra – 32’19.382
7. Lanzi – Xerox Ducati – 32’23.945
8. Fabrizio – D.F.X. Honda – 32’28.548
9. Muggeridge – Alto Evolution Honda – 32’29.110
10. Neukirchner – Suzuki Germany – 32’33.625
DNF Fonsi Nieto – Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse

World Superbike Monza Race 2 Results:
1. Haga – Yamaha Motor Italia – 34’05.318
2. Toseland – Hannspree Ten Kate Honda – 32’08.009
3. Bayliss – Ducati Xerox – 32’08.159
4. Roberto Rolfo – Hannspree Ten Kate Honda – 32’08.506
5. Biaggi – Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra – 32’08.869
6. Corser – Yamaha Motor Italia – 32’18.352
7. Kagayama – Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra – 32’22.564
8. Laconi – Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse – 32’23.726
9. Muggeridge – Alto Evolution Honda – 32’34.335
10. Smrz – Team Caracchi Ducati SC. – 32’35.004
DNF Lorenzo Lanzi – Ducati Xerox
DNF Fonsi Nieto – Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse

World Superbike Championship Points Standings:
1. Toseland – Honda – 229
2. Haga – Yamaha – 194
3. Biaggi – Suzuki – 191
4. Bayliss – Ducati – 164
5. Corser – Yamaha – 135
6. Lanzi – Ducati – 107
7. Xaus – Ducati – 106
8. Neukirchner – Suzuki – 81
9. Rolfo – Honda – 77
10. Kagayama – Suzuki – 60