Rea Leads FP1 in Monza Superbike


2011 World Superbike

Last year at Monza World Superbike, Jonathan Rea’s most famed accident occurred. While battling for third, he went down hard. His CBR1000RR slid across the track, and flipped over the guard rail, hidden from the Northern Irishman.

The DNF was memorable, and brought laughter when Rea walked away unscathed. But although the crash is part of World Superbike history, the Castrol Honda rider doesn’t want a repeat DNF in the 2011 WSBK Championship, instead he’d rather gain some big points.

And his performance Friday at Free Practice 1 shows he has what it takes to garner some points to add to his first season win last time around in Assen. Jonathan Rea opened up the first session in Monza Superbike with the quickest time in FP1.

Following the Honda were two BMW S1000RR motorcycles: the Motorrad Motorsports bike with Troy Corser, and the Motorrad Italia Superbike with Ayrton Badovini.

Fourth and fifth went to Max Biaggi (Alitalia Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike). The returning Chris Vermeulen crashed his Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R in the session, grazing his elbow. Also returning was Corser’s teammate James Toseland (21st fastest).

Monza WSBK: Free Practice 1 Results:
1. J. Rea: 1’43.712
2. T. Corser: 1’43.765
3. A. Badovini: 1’43.913
4. M. Biaggi: 1’44.099
5. M. Melandri: 1’44.208
6. L. Camier: 1’44.221
7. E. Laverty: 1’44.232
8. M. Fabrizio: 1’44.257
9. C. Checa: 1’44.264
10. L. Haslam: 1’44.303