WSBK: Close Racing in Race 1 at Monza

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World Superbike racing was back again this weekend with a stop in Monza, Italy. The Italian circuit played host to a very fast group of riders, which helped shed the course’s former lap record and top speed with little effort. With Max Biaggi and his Aprilia RSV4 at the top of the heap, all eyes were on them for a hometown victory. Check after the jump to see how Biaggi et al fared, and for the full race results.

Max Biaggi took another win in what’s becoming a dominate season for the Italian rider and the Italian manufacturer. In control for most of the race, Biaggi lead many of the laps of Race 1 at Monza. With Toseland, Crutchlow, and Haslam close in tow, only Haslam was able to take the reigns of the race away from the veteran Biaggi. The superior speed of the Aprilia RSV4 was too much for the pack, and Biaggi was able to steal away a victory from a closing Toseland towards the end of the race.

Noticeably absent from the front group was Johnny Rea who crashed halfway through the race. Also absent was any sort of pressure from the Xerox Ducatis. While Michel Fabrizio was able to mount some sort of redemtion for the team early in the race, his efforts waned quickly, seeing the Italian finish 7th, while teammate Noriyuki Haga finished a disappointing 11th. While Race 1 wasn’t kind to the Ducati hopefuls, it proved to be a good session for BMW fans as Xaus finished 6th, with Corser not far behind in 8th.

World Superbike Highlights from Race 1 at Monza, Italy:

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

Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory
2 52 J. Toseland GBR Yamaha YZF R1 0.247
3 35 C. Crutchlow GBR Yamaha YZF R1 0.297
4 91 L. Haslam GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.958
5 2 L. Camier GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory 4.493
6 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 7.343
7 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 7.369
8 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 9.344
9 66 T. Sykes GBR Kawasaki ZX 10R 15.338
10 50 S. Guintoli FRA Suzuki GSX-R1000 16.761
11 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 16.921
12 76 M. Neukirchner GER Honda CBR1000RR 22.231
13 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 22.602
14 7 C. Checa ESP Ducati 1098R 22.742
15 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 26.266
16 99 L. Scassa ITA Ducati 1098R 26.415
17 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 26.968
18 77 C. Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 36.964
19 95 R. Hayden USA Kawasaki ZX 10R 51.646
20 23 B. Parkes AUS Honda CBR1000RR 1 Lap
RET 71 D. Sakai JPN Suzuki GSX-R1000 9 Laps
RET 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 10 Laps
RET 31 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 17 Laps
EX 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R