2010 Monza World Superbike Sunday Results

May 9, 2010
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Max Biaggi displays the new Aprilia Alitalia colors at Phillip Island.
Max Biaggi and the blisteringly-fast Aprilia were once again a double winner.

The World Superbike men visited Monza, Italy and its massive long straights for round five of the series and it was homeboy Max Biaggi on the Alitalia Aprilia RSV4 taking the double win, his second double of the young season. After setting pole position yesterday with a new WSB top speed record of 205.5 mph, Biaggi bested Yamaha’s James Toseland in Race 1 and Leon Haslam on the Alstare Suzuki in Race 2.

Race 1

Biaggi didn’t have things easy in first race as Sterilgarda Yamaha R1-mounted Toseland gave chase the entire race, his teammate Cal Crutchlow and Haslam in tow. Toseland was the best of the English contingent, though he came up ever-so-short at the line, with the entire top three within 0.3 seconds at the line.

Second place matched Toseland’s best finish of the season after a sub-par qualifying position of seventh on the grid. “The first race was a good, strong race; I just want to congratulate the team, it’s their home race and to get two of us on the podium is great,” said James. “Max Biaggi rode a great race, he had a strong bike here and we expected him to go well. He didn’t put a foot wrong. I was hoping on the last lap he was going to make a slight mistake, just enough for me to get alongside, but he didn’t so fair play to him.”

Toseland may not have been the fastest but he was happy to be back racing World Superbike at Monza. Hes hoping for dry conditions tomorrow to work out the last few kinks in his setup.
Toseland was right on Biaggi’s rear wheel in Race 1, making the Italian work for the win the entire race distance.

Crutchlow’s final podium position came after getting off to a slow start that saw him outside the top-five briefly, though he would come through the field along with his teammate to be right on Biaggi’s rear wheel quickly. Crutchlow then went on to finish right off the back of Toseland for third at the finish.

Said Crutchlow: “I felt like I put together a really solid first race, we didn’t get the best of starts but made up for it and got stuck in. All credit to Yamaha; they’ve done a good job to give James and I a competitive package so it was great for us both to deliver them the podiums here for their home round. It was a strong result and we rode well so I was looking forward to the second race.”

Suzuki’s Haslam was able to get to the front for a short time, leading on the fourth lap, which would be the only time that Biaggi and the Aprilia didn’t cross the line at the pointy end of the field. The Brit was be relegated to a close fourth in the end. Ten Kate Honda’s Jonathan Rea, last round’s double winner, also ran in the lead group before falling uninjured in the Parabolica.

Cal Crutchlow set the fastest lap time in practice at Round 5 of the 2010 World Superbike series.
Crutchlow was third in the first race and running a close second in Race 2 when a radiator puncture leaked water and put him on the ground.

Biaggi’s Alitalia Aprilia teammate Leon Camier ended up fifth, over four seconds off the lead group, while sixth went to BMW’s Ruben Xaus, his best finish so far in what has been a very troubled season for the Spanish rider. Michel Fabrizio continued to struggle with a seventh, right behind Xaus, as Troy Corser took the second BMW to eighth. Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes was ninth with Haslam’s Suzuki teammate Sylvain Guintoli rounding out the top 10. American Roger Lee Hayden on the Pedercini Kawasaki finished 19th.

Race 2

In the second race Biaggi had a much easier time of things, pulling away to victory at the Autodromo di Monza in Italy after his closest rival Crutchlow fell when a damaged oil cooler dumped fluid on his rear tire and brought him to the ground in Turn 2 with a handful of laps remaining. The oil cooler was caused from a rock kicked off the rear wheel of Biaggi’s Aprilia. Luckily, Crutchlow was uninjured.

This gave Biaggi a much easier time at the front as the Italian rode off in the distance to beat championship points leader Leon Haslam to the line by 4.5 seconds. This was the second double-win for the Roman this season, having also topped both races in Portimao, Portugal two rounds ago.

Suzukis Leon Haslam had the fifth best time of the day during practice in Round 5 at Monza.
Haslam was fourth in Race 1 and second in Race 2, which was enough to keep in the championship lead, though by only 3 points over Biaggi.

“This track is very long and it’s very easy to make a little mistake, plus when you have your rhythm you stay with it, and it’s difficult to go faster and easier to go slower,” said Biaggi. “Anyway, I’m happy with the result, it was a close race. I’m happy for me and my team. It’s an unbelievable result; it looks like we are achieving our goal. Here there is also the President of our group and it’s been a great weekend for everyone.”

Haslam was battling for the lead with Biaggi and Crutchlow until a mistake dropped him out of the lead duos’ draft, which at Monza can be fatal.

“We had a few big moments in that race and I’m nursing my wrist because one of them sent me off the back of the bike when I was with Max and Cal at the time,” said Haslam. “This weekend’s been tough, we’ve been a little bit down on speed, which is unlike the Suzuki, but the boys have worked fantastic. To get on the podium here in Monza is always special so I’m really happy for that. The battle for the title is definitely closing in, we knew Max was going to be strong here, but hopefully we can get back to our winning ways because each race is getting tougher and tougher.”

Pressuring Halsam all the way to the end was BMW’s Troy Corser, the Aussie finishing third to take BMW’s first-ever World Superbike podium.

Troy Corser focused on the settings on the BMW S1000RR and not lap times. Phillip Island test
“I’m so happy; the team has put a lot of hard work into the project…it’s been a long time coming, let’s hope it’s not going to be the last one!” said Corser of BMW’s first-ever podium finish.

“I’m so happy; the team has put a lot of hard work into the project, not just this year but last year, and sometimes it’s been difficult and frustrating. But this weekend we’ve worked really hard and have been progressively getting better and better, just struggling a bit with braking, but we made a change for the second race and it made the bike easier to stop,” Corser commented. “We had the speed, our bike was as fast as anything out there, and it just took me a few laps to get used to the brakes in the second race. Thanks to all the boys at BMW, it’s been a long time coming, let’s hope it’s not going to be the last one!”

Fourth place was Biaggi’s teammate Leon Camier, over five seconds ahead of a battle that went to the line between Kawasaki’s Sykes, Ducati Xerox’s Noriyuki Haga and Alstare Suzuki’s Guintoli. Sykes edged out Haga, who continues to struggle this season, by 0.255 seconds with Guintoli right on the rear wheel of Haga. The result was Sykes’ best of the season thus far.

Rounding out the top 10 were the privateer Ducatis of Jakub Smrz, Shane Byrne and Luca Scassa. American Roger Lee Hayden scored the first World Superbike points of his career with a 14th place finish.

Several front-running riders fell on the first lap, including James Toseland, Jonathan Rea, Ruben Xaus and Michel Fabrizio.

World Superbike Race 1 Results
1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
2. James Toseland (Yamaha)
3. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
4. Leon Haslam (Suzuki)
5. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
6. Ruben Xaus (BMW)
7. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati)
8. Troy Corser (BMW)
9. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
10. Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki)
11. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati)
12. Max Neukirchner (Honda)
13. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
14. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
15. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
16. Luca Scassa (Ducati)
17. Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati)
18. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki)
19. Roger Lee Hayden (Kawasaki)

World Superbike Race 2 Results
1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
2. Leon Haslam (Suzuki)
3. Troy Corser (BMW)
4. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
5. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
6. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati)
7. Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki)
8. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
9. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
10. Luca Scassa (Ducati)
11. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
12. Max Neukirchner (Honda)
13. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki)
14. Roger Lee Hayden (Kawasaki)
15. Broc Parkes (Honda)

World Supersport

The World Supersport race was won by a flag-to-flag by Parkalgar Honda rider Eugene Laverty. The British rider won by 2.8 seconds from Ten Kate Honda rider Kenan Sofuoglu. Third, only just behind Sofuoglu after he made a mistake on the penultimate lap, was Joan Lascorz on the Motocard.com Kawasaki. Sofuoglu’s teammate Michele Pirro was the first Italian rider home, in fourth place, holding off Kawasaki Motocard.com’s Katsuaki Fujiwara in fifth.

World Supersport Race Results
1. Eugene Laverty (Honda)
2. Kenan Sofuoglu (Honda)
3. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
4. Michele Pirro (Honda)
5. Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki)
6. Matthieu Lagrive (Triumph)
7. Chaz Davies (Triumph)
8. David Salom (Triumph)
9. Gino Rea (Honda)
10. Miguel Praia (Honda)
11. Massimo Roccoli (Honda)
12. Gianluca Vizziello (Honda)
13. Alex Lundh (Honda)
14. Anrea Boscoscuro (Honda)
15. Bastien Chesaux (Honda)
16. Imre Toth (Honda)
DNF: Jason DiSalvo (Triumph)
DNF: Fabien Foret (Kawasaki)

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