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: 

Pos No Rider Country Bike Diff
1 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R  
2 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 0.239
3 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 8.175
4 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 11.001
5 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 12.447
6 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 13.693
7 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 19.172
8 55 R. Laconi FRA Ducati 1098R 24.989
9 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 26.930
10 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 27.418
11 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 27.752
12 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 29.545
13 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 30.952
14 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 31.414
15 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 36.998
16 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 42.732
17 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 48.835
18 98 J. Zemke USA Honda CBR1000RR 48.888
19 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 50.612
20 33 T. Hill GBR Honda CBR1000RR 51.706
21 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 55.510
22 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 58.214
23 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’01.130
24 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’16.850
RET 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1 Lap
RET 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR


Source: MotoGP MattersTwo Wheels Blog