WSBK MONZA: FULL REPORT

With the Monza weather proving to be gloriously sunny, it shone brightest of all on Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) as he scored the wins in race one and two. He had serious problems from Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga on occasion, but taking the new lap record of 1’46.815 in race two to boot, he performed immaculately once again.

RACE ONE The opening 18-lap race at Monza was the personal property of Bayliss, who won by over three seconds from eventual second place man Alex Barros, who had to work through the pack in assured fashion. Troy Corser took a close third, with Noriyuki Haga just squeezed off the podium in fourth. A last gasp attempt to get on terms with this trio resulted in James Toseland crashing at the Parabolica on lap 17. A multiple rider first corner pile up, involving 7 riders in total, reduced the midfield and allowed the top riders to make a clean break at the earliest possible opportunity, as the rest picked through the fallen bikes and riders. No riders were seriously hurt in the crash.

RACE TWO Bayliss had a three rider fight with Corser and Haga in race two, before stretching the legs of his loping Ducati twin to secure his second win of the day, and his fifth SBK race in a row. A slower starting Barros claimed fourth place, when a battle between himself and Toseland was terminated by Toseland slowing as his bike ran out of fuel. Toseland was clear of the following pack when trouble struck, and took fifth.

Bayliss now sits on a meaty 175 points from a possible 200 so far, while 2005 champion Corser is still well in the hunt with seven rounds remaining, having scored 139. A close battle is developing for third, with Toseland on 97, Barros on 95 and Haga on 93.

On another good day in SBK for Australian riders, Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia) scored a fifth and a sixth, putting smiles on the faces of his team, which is based only a couple of kilometres from Monza.

Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) finished one place behind Pitt in each race, an encouraging pair of results for a rider recovering from recent spinal injuries.

Regis Laconi (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse) ran with the leading bunch in each 18-lap race and enjoyed his team’s best individual finish of the weekend, with seventh in race one. He was forced out of race two with an electrical problem, and his team-mate Fonsi Nieto scored the top Kawasaki slot, in eighth, one place up on Chris Walker. Nieto was one of the unlucky seven who crashed in the first chicane of race one, an event in which Walker finished 11th.

Robby Rolfo (Ducati SC Caracchi) scored an eighth and a tenth place at Monza, in front of his home fans, and was the best scoring home rider of the weekend. Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France Ipone) raced on Sunday despite his huge crash of Friday, and also missing all of Saturday’s practice. Taken out by the melee on lap one of race one, he rode to 16th for pride’s sake in race two. His team-mate, Shinichi Nakatomi, had two good rookie rides at Monza, taking tenth and 12th places.

Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) did not have his best home weekend, running to a ninth and 11th place finish. A miserable Monza for Michel Fabrizio only gave him two points for 14th in race two, while Ruben Xaus (Sterilgarda Berik) was one of the first corner fallers in the opener, and took the last point on offer in race two.

World Superbikes – Monza Race One Result

1 – Bayliss Troy – Ducati Xerox – 32’23.100
2 – Barros Alex – Klaffi Honda – 32’27.082
3 – Corser Troy – Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra – 32’27.316
4 – Haga Noriyuki – Yamaha Motor Italia WSB – 32’27.495
5 – Pitt Andrew – Yamaha Motor Italia WSB – 32’36.705
6 – Muggeridge Karl – Winston Ten Kate Honda – 32’36.765
7 – Laconi Régis – PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse – 32’37.166
8 – Rolfo Roberto – Ducati SC – Caracchi – 32’42.270
9 – Lanzi Lorenzo – Ducati Xerox – 32’48.829
10 – Nakatomi Shinichi – Yamaha Motor France-Ipone 2 – 32’51.450
11 – Walker Chris – PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse – 32’52.739
12 – Gimbert Sebastien – Yamaha Motor France-Ipone – 32’53.454
13 – Foret Fabien – Alstare Eng. Corona Extra – 33’06.938
14 – Alfonsi Lorenzo – PN Corse – 33’07.412
15 – Clementi Ivan – Team Pedercini – 33’07.630
16 – Brignola Norino – Team Guandalini – 33’28.882
17 – Mauri Lorenzo – Spring Ducati – 33’29.602
18 – Battaini Franco – Kawasaki Bertocchi – 33’52.893

Not Classified

RT – Toseland James – Winston Ten Kate Honda – 28’52.838
RT – Martin Steve – Foggy Petronas Racing – 11’16.736
RT – Jones Craig – Foggy Petronas Racing – 7’42.831
RT – Kagayama Yukio – Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra – 5’28.055
RT – Borciani Marco – Sterilgarda – Berik – 3’50.663
RT – Abe Norick – Yamaha Motor France-Ipone
RT – Iannuzzo Vittorio – Celani Team Suzuki Italia
RT – Nannelli Gianluca – D.F.X. Treme
RT – Neukirchner Max – Team Pedercini
RT – Xaus Ruben – Sterilgarda – Berik
RT – Fabrizio Michel – D.F.X. Treme
RT – Nieto Fonsi – PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse 2

World Superbikes – Monza Race Two Result

1 – Bayliss Troy – Ducati Xerox – 32’17.705
2 – Corser Troy – Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra – 32’19.621
3 – Haga Noriyuki – Yamaha Motor Italia WSB – 32’24.184
4 – Barros Alex – Klaffi Honda – 32’27.932
5 – Toseland James – Winston Ten Kate Honda – 32’29.615
6 – Pitt Andrew – Yamaha Motor Italia WSB – 32’35.256
7 – Muggeridge Karl – Winston Ten Kate Honda – 32’35.425
8 – Nieto Fonsi – PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse 2 – 32’35.530
9 – Walker Chris – PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse – 32’40.578
10 – Rolfo Roberto – Ducati SC – Caracchi – 32’49.308
11 – Lanzi Lorenzo – Ducati Xerox – 32’49.315
12 – Nakatomi Shinichi – Yamaha Motor France-Ipone 2 – 32’51.987
13 – Foret Fabien – Alstare Eng. Corona Extra – 32’52.978
14 – Fabrizio Michel – D.F.X. Treme – 32’53.011
15 – Xaus Ruben – Sterilgarda – Berik – 32’58.227
16 – Abe Norick – Yamaha Motor France-Ipone – 33’09.221
17 – Iannuzzo Vittorio – Celani Team Suzuki Italia – 33’14.101
18 – Nannelli Gianluca – D.F.X. Treme – 33’16.384
19 – Alfonsi Lorenzo – PN Corse – 33’16.840
20 – Brignola Norino – Team Guandalini – 33’18.696
21 – Borciani Marco – Sterilgarda – Berik – 33’30.286
22 – Mauri Lorenzo – Spring Ducati – 33’44.088
23 – Battaini Franco – Kawasaki Bertocchi – 33’44.659

Not Classified

RT – Clementi Ivan – Team Pedercini – 9’14.937
RT – Gimbert Sebastien – Yamaha Motor France-Ipone – 6’03.252
RT – Laconi Régis – PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse – 3’39.514
RT – Martin Steve – Foggy Petronas Racing – 3’57.819
RT – Kagayama Yukio – Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra – 4’22.827
RT – Neukirchner Max – Team Pedercini – 1’54.503
RT – Jones Craig – Foggy Petronas Racing -

Championship Standings after race 1

1 – T. Bayliss – 175
2 – T. Corser – 139
3 – J. Toseland – 97
4 – A. Barros – 95
5 – N. Haga – 93
6 – A. Pitt – 79
7 – L. Lanzi – 59
8 – R. Rolfo – 46
9 – N. Abe – 40
10 – F. Nieto – 37

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