Spectacular Double Victory for Laverty and Yamaha World Superbike team

World Superbike Rookie, Eugene Laverty, put on a sensational display of race craft today to take a well earned double victory on his team’s home track in Monza. Today’s success signified not only Laverty’s maiden win but also his first podium finish to date in the 2011 World Superbike Championship.

world superbike, world superbike racing, 2011 world superbike, 2011 world superbike racing, 2011 monza world superbike, yamaha, yamaha racing, 2011 yamahaLaverty got off to a perfect start from second position on the grid to immediately take the lead in race one. The World Superbike rookie temporarily surrendered the lead in lap six on entering the “ Prima Variante” but hastened to repossess first place on exiting the “Biassono curve”, leaving Max Biaggi second. Race two saw a masterful display of race craft.

Laverty initially fell back to ninth position after encountering a three rider collision in the early stages of the first lap.

Putting his head down, he got straight to work, making his way through the bunch of riders ahead to sit behind team-mate Melandri until the final lap where he snatched the chequered flag.

Marco Melandri was also on flying form in the hot temperatures the historic track in Monza had to offer. The Italian completed the first race of the day in fourth position just missing out on a podium by 0.009 of a second. In race two, a good start off fifth position on the grid saw Melandri push up to third place by lap seven. The determined Italian gradually closed in on fellow contenders ahead, until mid race when the leader, Biaggi made a mistake at the first chicane resulting in a ride through penalty by the race direction. This gave Melandri the lead on the 14th lap.

The final laps of the adrenalin filled second race saw the two Yamaha World Superbike riders battling it out for the win. Melandri completed the race crossing the finish line in second place, while Laverty just beat him by three tenths of a second. Both Yamaha riders, Melandri and Laverty, scored the fastest speed of the second race reaching a high of 333Km/h.

Eugene Laverty leaves Monza with a total of 85 points having jumped up from ninth to sixth place in the Championship standings after today’s impressive performance. Marco Melandri is now sitting second in the classification with 118 points, just 27 points behind the current leader, Carlos Checa.

Eugene Laverty
Yamaha World Superbike Team – 1st, 1st
“I can’t believe I got a double victory today. I came here aiming for a podium and now I’m coming away with two incredible race wins. It’s fantastic. I didn’t get off to a good start in the second race. I had to avoid a collision on the first corner, causing me to lose time. I also struggled a little with the tyres in the hot conditions. When it came to the last few laps, I couldn’t believe my luck that it was just me and Marco in the lead. This double victory was particularly special to me, being the team’s home track.”

Marco Melandri
Yamaha World Superbike Team – 5th, 2nd
“It’s been a tough but still quite a good weekend. I had difficulty finding the right set-up in order to provide more stability. We made progress before the second race but the bike was still quite agitated towards the end. In the last corner I struggled with the gears and the rear tyre locked causing me to go slightly wide. I’m really pleased to be on the podium and I really enjoyed riding the track. We have gained some important points but I’d like to get more next time!”

Andrea Dosoli – Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager
“It was a pretty amazing weekend. We knew after the two qualifying sessions that we had a good race pace with both riders and could definitely get a good result today. What we saw today is also the result of the hard work the team has done in the last month. I’d like to say a special thanks to everyone who made this happen! Eugene did a great job especially in race two. He initially lost time coming into the first chicane but he still managed to come back and win the race. We expected some difficulty for Marco seeing as the track was new to him but he proved to be extremely competitive. Both riders had some challenges with the set-up of their R1’s over the weekend, especially Marco. Even though we got a double victory here we still know there is plenty of work to be done. We are heading to Aragon for tests this week and hopefully we will come back even more prepared for the upcoming race in Miller.”

2011 World Superbike Italy
Monza 08/05/2011 18 Laps
race I

1 Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 31’09.584
2 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 0’01.575
3 Leon Haslam BMW GBR 0’03.078
4 Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 0’03.255
5 Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 0’11.812
6 Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 0’12.371
7 Troy Corser BMW AUS 0’13.280
8 Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 0’17.419
9 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 0’17.569
10 Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 0’18.420
11 Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’20.031
13 Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 0’26.693
14 Maxime Berger Ducati FRA 0’38.429
15 Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 0’40.164
16 Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 0’49.081

race II

1 Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 31’19.948
2 Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 0’00.327
3 Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 0’02.466
4 Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 0’02.583
5 Troy Corser BMW AUS 0’04.503
6 Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’10.865
7 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 0’11.038
8 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 0’18.724
9 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 0’20.093
10 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 0’20.376
11 Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 0’21.111
12 Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 0’28.608
13 Roberto Rolfo Kawasaki ITA 0’33.459
14 Mark Aitchison Kawasaki AUS 0’42.810
15 Fabrizio Lai Honda ITA 0’55.759

World Superbike World Standing
Rider Standings After Race 4 of 13

1. Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 145
2. Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 118
3. Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 117
4. Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 89
5. Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 85
6. Leon Haslam BMW GBR 84
7. Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 74
8. Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 58
9. Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 55
10. Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 47
11. Troy Corser BMW AUS 46
12. Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 35
13. Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 34
14. Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 33
15. Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 31
16. Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 29
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