WSBK Race Report
Less than three-tenths of a second divided the top-three finishers of Race 1 in Monza Sunday, but Max Biaggi would hold on to take his third win of the 2010 World Superbike season, edging out second-place finisher James Toseland by just 0.247 of a second.
Arriving at the finish line just 0.05 of a second behind Toseland was his Yamaha Sterilgarda teammate, Cal Crutchlow. But it wasn’t only the top three who were running tight…Team Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam finished in fourth, just 0.958 of a second behind Biaggi.
Arriving alone in fifth was Biaggi’s Aprilia Alitalia Racing teammate Leon Camier, who finished 3.535 seconds behind Haslam.
Biaggi already grabbed the headlines at Monza before the racing began, the Italian taking his first-pole position in 45 race starts during his four-year WSBK career. But there was more at Autodromo di Monza; Biaggi also set a new World Superbike top-speed record on his RSV4, posting a 202.6 mph during practice Friday.
Biaggi got the holeshot on the 3.599-mile circuit, arriving to the first chicane ahead of the 24-rider field. He would go onto to lead 16 of 18 laps, only allowing Haslam to take the lead for a short two laps. Following closely in Biaggi’s slipstream, Haslam would take the lead at Prima Variante on lap 4, which is the first-turn chicane that was revised this year due to a major crash last year. During the 2009 WSBK race, the then tight left-right-left turn would be the scene of a massive accident that left four out of five riders out of the next race due to serious injury.
But on lap 6, Biaggi would use the top speed of his Aprilia to pass Haslam, retaining the lead for the rest of the race. Bunching behind Biaggi and Haslam were Toseland, Crutchlow and BMW Motorrad rider Troy Corser. The man who doubled at World Superbike’s last event in Assen, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea, would make a charge and pass Toseland and Crutchlow, only to lose the front end of his CBR 1000RR. The crash sent his bike over the tire barriers, but Rea would walk away uninjured.
Haslam and Toseland would swap the lead until Haslam ran wide entering the Roggia chicane, getting passed by the Yamaha teammates. Crutchlow would battle with Toseland for second, eventually making a pass on lap 14, but was soon back into third. Meanwhile Biaggi had pulled away, and it wouldn’t be until the final lap when the Yamaha duo would catch up to him, but unable to make any moves.
Max Biaggi says: "I am truly pleased. It was a great race. I felt the pressure of the Brits behind me. Monza is a long circuit where it’s just as easy to be fast as it is to make decisive mistakes. Thanks goes, obviously, to all of the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team who always work their hardest. My bike has been fast all weekend. It’s still a bit edgy. We’ll have to see whether or not to change something for race 2. The result is particularly special because Mr. Roberto Colaninno, the Chairman and CEO of our Group, my girlfriend and my little daughter were in our pits".
Biaggi would go onto to win the seventh race of his WSBK career, followed by Toseland, Crutchlow, Haslam and Camier.
World Superbike Race 1 Results, Monza:
1. 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 31’07.044 (200.504 kph)
2. 52 Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 -0.247
3. 35 Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 -0.297
4. 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 -0.958
5. 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory -4.493
6. 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR -7.343
7. 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R -7.369
8. 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR -9.344
9. 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R -15.338
10. 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 -16.761
11. 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R -16.921
12. 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR -22.231
13. 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R -22.602
14. 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R -22.742
15. 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R -26.266
16. 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R -26.415
17. 57 Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R -26.968
18. 77 Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R -36.964
19. 95 Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R -51.646
20. 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR
RET 71 Sakai D. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000
RET 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR
RET 31 Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR
EX 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R