Monza World Superbike Results 2011

May 8, 2011
Matt Davidson
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Yamahas Eugene Laverty won both races at Monza despite pressure from Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri.
Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty took both race wins at Monza, the Irishman besting Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri.

Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty seized his maiden World Superbike victory at Italy’s Monza circuit on Sunday en route to claiming the double victory. In the first contest the Irishman outpaced pole winner Max Biaggi and BMW’s Leon Haslam to claim the victory by more than one and a half seconds ahead of the ’10 champion. The second match featured a tight battle between the two Yamaha teammates as Laverty and Marco Melandri went at each other until the final corner, with Laverty getting the best of his teammate by just 0.327 seconds. Team Alstare Suzuki’s Michel Fabrizio rounded out the podium in third during Race 2 as drama unfolded for Biaggi after the Italian was issued a ride-through penalty for incorrectly cutting through a chicane.

Race 1

In the first race Laverty secured a good start from second on the grid and participated in an early battle with Biaggi. The Italian’s Aprilia RSV4 had a clear advantage in the straights, but Laverty was strongest in the turns at Monza. The duo was at each other’s throats with seven laps remaining when Biaggi made his first mistake to give Laverty the advantage. Another battle took place for third in the order as Haslam was eagerly pursued by Melandri during the final few laps.
 
In the end it was Laverty taking his first WSB win as he fully capitalized on Biaggi’s mistake to land the victory. Biaggi snagged second at the line as Haslam held onto the final podium position at the checkers ahead of Melandri.
 
“To be honest, in Race 1 I didn’t get the best of starts,” Haslam said. “I also made a few mistakes in the early laps, which meant I had some work to do to catch the leading bunch. Still I felt like I had the pace to run with the leading guys. Max and I held each other up slightly, which saw Eugene get away at the front, but on the whole I was happy with the race and the bike.”

Meanwhile Fabrizio recorded the fastest lap of the bout and rounded out the top-five finishers more than 10 seconds off the pace. After beginning the race back in seventh, Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea finished sixth after making a pass on BMW’s Troy Corser in the final three laps. Aprilia’s Leon Camier recorded eighth at the line, with Ducati’s Carlos Checa and Jakub Smrz rounding out the top-10 in ninth and 10th, respectively.

Monza Race 1 Results:
1. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)

Max Biaggi - Monza 2011
After placing second during the first contest, Aprilia’s Max (No. 1) Biaggi lost out on a win in the second match when he was issued a ride-through penalty.

2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
3. Leon Haslam (BMW)
4. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
5. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
6. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
7. Troy Corser (BMW)
8. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
9. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
10. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
11. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
12. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
13. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
14. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
15. Ruben Xaus (Honda)
16. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
DNF Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
DNF Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
 
Race 2

The second race of the day wasn’t short of drama as Biaggi received a ride-through penalty while leading the race by more than five seconds. His second penalty in just the first four rounds of the season, Biaggi was once again forced out of a major advantage after leading the race for 13 laps.

“At the moment I am feeling only great disappointment for me and for the entire team,” said Biaggi. “We prepared to the best of our ability and I think we showed that on the track. I have to accept this severe decision, blaming myself for not having been shrewd enough not to have touched that line. Now we have to regroup and focus on the next races. There is still a long season ahead.”

Yamahas Marco Melandri lost the battle for the  lead in the second race when he was passed on the final lap.
Yamaha’s Marco Melandri lost the battle for the
lead in the second race when he was passed on the final lap.

Following the penalty Laverty had a scrap with his teammate, Melandri. The two Yamaha riders chased each other for the remaining laps of the race with Melandri holding the advantage. However, on the final lap Laverty squeezed past his teammate in the final corner to snatch the win.
 
Melandri finished second after being unable to defend the lead, followed by Fabrizio who rounded out the podium in Race 2. Japanese rider Noriyuki Haga finished fourth 2.583 seconds adrift of Laverty, while Corser improved upon his seventh-place finish in Race 1 with a top-five finish in the afternoon contest. Ayrton Badovini provided a decent finish for BMW in sixth. Liberty Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli came home in seventh, and after his ride-through penalty Biaggi went on to finish eighth in the order as Kawasaki’s Joan Lascorz and Checa rounded out the top-10. Camier, Smrz, Haslam and Rea all ended their day on a disappointing note with a crash in the final race of the day.
 
“Start was good, first corner was good, I felt good,” said Camier. “I got past a couple more to move up into second and everything was fine. I wasn’t particularly pushing, just trying to get everything to flow and then in Turn 6 I let the brake off mid-turn and the front folded. I have to say sorry to all of my team. A podium was definitely on the cards, which would have been a great end to a couple of races where we’ve had nothing but bad luck. We’ve just got to look ahead to Miller at the end of the month and hope our luck changes.”
 
“Frustrating really is the word, especially in Race 1 when we just didn’t have the speed on the straight,” said Rea. “I could match the lap times when I was on my own and able to run the right lines. But as soon as I got involved in a race with anyone who slowed me down in the places I was fast, I got forced off the line and lost the speed. Sixth was OK but certainly not what I’d hoped for. I’ll have to see the footage of Race 2 to find out what really happened.”

Checa remains up top in the championship 27 points ahead of Melandri. Biaggi is now third in the standings and 28 points adrift of Checa in the series. Following his double race win Laverty has jumped up to fifth in the series and now trails Rea by just four points.

Monza Race 2 Results:
1. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)

BMWs Troy Corser finished the races at Monza in seventh and fifth respectivly.
BMW’s Troy Corser finished the races at Monza in seventh and fifth respectivly.

2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
3. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
4. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
5. Troy Corser (BMW)
6. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
7. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
8. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
9. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
10. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
11. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
12. Ruben Xaus (Honda)
13. Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
14. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)
DNF Maxime Berger (Ducati)
DNF Leon Camier (Aprilia)
DNF Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
DNF Leon Haslam (BMW)
DNF Jonathan Rea (Honda)

2011 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Carlos Checa, 145
2. Marco Melandri, 118
3. Max Biaggi, 117
4. Jonathan Rea, 89
5. Eugene Laverty, 85
6. Leon Haslam, 84
7. Michel Fabrizio, 74
8. Leon Camier, 58
9. Jakub Smrz, 55
10. Noriyuki Haga, 47

Supersport
 
Yamaha ParkinGO’s Chaz Davies pulled in his second victory of the season on Sunday at Monza circuit. Davies led for all 16 laps ahead of his teammate, Luca Scassa, who eventually claimed second at the checkers. Meanwhile, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Fabien Foret rounded out the podium 7.9 seconds off the pace.
 
“I messed up everything in the first chicane when Tamburini went a bit wide and pushed me off track,” Foret said. “That was that; I could already see Chaz was far ahead and by the time I passed Broc and some others it was just too late. I tried to catch Scassa but it was hard by myself with no slipstream. I wanted to be safe at the end, score 16 points, and try to do even better at the next round in Misano.”

Chaz Davies took top honors in the World Supersport race at Monza  ahead of teammate Luca Scassa.
Davies grabbed his second victory of the season in Supersport and is currently tied for the lead with Luca Scassa.Chaz Davies - World Supersport Monza 2011

Behind the podium finishers Kawasaki’s Broc Parkes won a hard-fought battle for third after getting involved in a four-way battle with Parkalgar Honda’s Sam Lowes, RT Yamaha’s Roberto Tamburini and Ten Kate Honda’s Florian Marino.

“My shoulder was really sore in the race and that was the hardest race of my life,” Lowes confessed. “I am not making excuses and the opposition rode well but I could not do what I wanted to do on the bike because of my shoulder.”
“I could not get the rhythm I wanted and could not push on the tire the way I needed to,” said Marino. “I could not get it turning like I wanted. It was quite hard because I was fighting so much with the bike that on the last three laps I was exhausted. Compared to this morning in warm-up the feeling was not as good. To finish seventh means I take some good points and I hope for a better result at Misano.”
 
Parkes’ Kawasaki teammate, David Salom, claimed eighth at the line after beginning the contest back in 14th. The Spaniard ended more than 30 seconds behind Davies, with Massimo Roccoli and Robbin Harms rounding out the top-10 finishers.

The World Supersport series is currently tied after Round 4 between Davies and Scassa, who share the lead with 70 points.

2011 World Supersport Monza Results:
1. Chaz Davies (Yamaha)
2. Luca Scassa (Yamaha)
3. Fabien Foret (Honda)
4. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki)
5. Sam Lowes (Honda)
6. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha)
7. Florian Marino (Honda)
8. David Salom (Kawasaki)
9. Massimo Roccoli (Kawasaki)
10. Robbin Harms (Honda)
DNF Vladimir Ivanov (Honda)
DNF Vittorio Iannuzzo (Kawasaki)
DNF Gino Rea (Honda)
 
2011 World Supersport Championship Points:
1. Chaz Davies, 70
2. Luca Scassa, 70
3. Borc Parkes, 60
4. Robin Harms, 43
5. David Salom, 42
6. Fabien Foret, 36
7. Sam Lowes, 27
8. Massimo Roccoli, 26
9. Florian Marino, 26
10. James Ellison, 19

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