WSBK: Monza Race 1 Results – No Justice for the Emperor

05/11/2009 @ 1:33 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Monza Race 1 Results – No Justice for the Emperor


The first chicane of the Monza circuit is notorious for accidents and hated by all racers because it tightens into a dangerous and tight funnel. Race 1 of the World Superbike Championship at Monza would not be spared of the dangers of the first chicane as a terrifying accident brought the race to an almost immediate halt with five riders seriously involved. Race 1 would continue to prove itself to be full of surprises as more riders ran in to different sorts of difficulty throughout the race’s duration. Continue reading for more and spoilers.

Coming into Turn 1 of the chican, Makoto Tamada clipped the back of Brendan Roberts’ Ducati who then collided into Tommy Hill and Troy Corser with both bikes going down, then catching fire. With Tamada down, Roberts slid off in the gravel, his bike sliding and flying into the pack, which then whipped out Max Neukirchner, who had entered the corner in the lead.

Neukirchner suffered a broken right femur and a dislocated left foot, while Roberts has a break high on his left femur and also sustained a heavy blow to his throat. Makoto Tamada suffered a broken left wrist. A brusied Troy Corser was able to restart the race but would later crash out, and Tommy Hill would go on to finish the race in 20th.

Under red flag, it took race control over an hour to pick up the pieces of debris, and clean the track up from oil spills.

Under the restart, it was Michel Fabrizio who won his first World Superbike Championship victory at Monza. Fabrizio’s win comes after Ben Spies, who was leading through the Parabolica on the final lap of the race, began to slow down, then sit up, and finally ran out of fuel leaving the Texan to roll his bike over the the finish line to take 15th.
This is a tough blow to the American, who has consistently been inconsistent in his race day form, despite dominating the free practices and Superpole rounds. 

Following closely behind Fabrizio was Noriyuki Haga, and then Max Biaggi. a close second and Max Biaggi in third. However Biaggi was penalised with 20 seconds for cutting the Roggia chicane handing an automatic third to Ryuichi Kiyonari.

On his way to the podium, Max Biaggi heard the news that he had received a penalty for cutting the Roggia chicane on the seventh lap, and that he would recieve a 20 second penalty. Also, it was announced that Monza race direction was awarding third place to Ryuichi Kiyonari, with Biaggi coming in 11th after the 20 second penalty was added to his time.

Clearly the Roman Emperor was not happy about the outcome, and in typical Biaggi fashion, pouted about this unjustice while in the pits.

“This Championship is managed by amateurs! It’s disgusting the way they treated us! First, the cutting of the chicane was almost insignificant and I didn’t even gain a tenth of a second and second, when I asked for the FIM representative, Claude Denis for an explanation he told me that he didn’t have time to discuss this with me. I’m tired of this conduct, I’m calling it quits with SBK.”

Biaggi then threatened to sit out of the second race at Monza, but Aprilia and his team was able to convince Biaggi to take part in Race 2, where he finished better than his 11th place in Race 1.

Race Results from Race 1 of the World Superbike Championship at Monza, Italy: 

184M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R 
241N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R0.239
39R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR8.175
471Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K911.001
565J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR12.447
666T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R113.693
7111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR19.172
855R. LaconiFRADucati 1098R24.989
97C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR26.930
1023B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R27.418
113M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory27.752
1296J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R29.545
1356S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory30.952
1467S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R31.414
1519B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R136.998
1631K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K942.732
1715M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R48.835
1898J. ZemkeUSAHonda CBR1000RR48.888
1925D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R50.612
2033T. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR51.706
2177V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR55.510
2294D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R158.214
2399L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R1’01.130
2488R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’16.850
RET91L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR1 Lap
RET11T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR


Source: MotoGP MattersTwo Wheels Blog

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