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.”

Spectacular Double Victory for Laverty and Yamaha World Superbike team

Parkes Well In Championship Contention After Gritty Monza Performance

Kawasaki Racing Press Release

World Superbike: A sometimes challenging weekend for Broc Parkes and David Salom culminated in Broc securing fourth and David going eighth in the 16-lap race after showing true grit from first to last.

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He used all his experience to control that fight in the final sector of the race and got a good points haul as a reward.

Broc is third in the rankings, on 60 points compared to the joint leaders Davies and Luca Scassa on 70, and Parkes is still well in contention after four rounds.

David Salom could not call on his very best race spec engine at Monza and therefore his eighth place was a fantastic performance from both rider and team.

He also won the fight for supremacy in his own group of riders and the Spanish rider is now fifth, on the same 52 points as officially fourth ranked Robbin Harms.

A strong performance from battling Italian rider Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki) saw him take ninth place and now eighth place in the championship overall. His team-mate Vittorio Iannuzzo was involved in a collision late in the race and could not finish.

The next round for the Supersport class will be at Misano, on June 12, as the WSS competitors will not take part in the Miller Motorsports Park WSBK event on May 31st.

Parkes Well In Championship Contention After Gritty Monza Performance

Decision from race officials deprives Max Biaggi of victory at Monza

Aprilia Racing Press Release

The clear superiority of Max Biaggi and Aprilia at the Monza round of World Superbike was rendered futile by a severe decision by Race Officials. A ride-through penalty deprives rider and team of certain victory and heavily influences championship standings.

monza, monza superbike, monza world superbike, world superbike, world superbike monza, 2011 world superbike, 2011 monza world superbikeMonza, May 8th, 2011 – After the positive outcome of Race 1 with a second place finish behind an excellent Eugene Laverty, a place which in any case brought home important points to close the gap behind the ranking leader, Carlos, Checa, Max Biaggi started Race 2 determined not to miss out on this opportunity for victory.

In just a few laps Biaggi widened a gap behind him leaving his competitors to battle it out for the secondary positions.

But a cut across the first turn by Biaggi in the eleventh round convinced the Race Officials to levy a ride-through penalty against the number one rider.

This decision relegated Max to twelfth place, depriving him of a certain and well deserved victory. Max then ended with a courageous comeback in eighth place.

“At the moment I am feeling only great disappointment, for me and for the entire team. We prepared to the best of our ability and I think we showed that on the track. I have to accept this severe decision, blaming myself for not having been shrewd enough not to have touched that line. Now we have to regroup and focus on the next races. There is still a long season ahead”. This was the comment on a weekend which, in any case, saw the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team confirming its strength as the reigning Champion team, entrusted to the leadership of Gigi Dall’Igna, Aprilia technical and sports director: “The judging officials are there to take decisions.

Decision from race officials deprives Max Biaggi of victory at Monza

Front Row for Laverty in the 2011 Monza World Superbike

Yamaha World Superbike Team rider Eugene Laverty provided the Italian spectators in Monza with a sensational performance, securing himself a front row start, in second place on tomorrow’s grid.

Lworld superbike, 2011 world superbike racing, 2011 monza world superbike, monza world superbike,averty comfortably flew through all three Superpole heats, completing the first in fifth position and the second and third sessions in second place, making the most of his qualifiers in the final heats.

Marco Melandri was also on top form, completing Superpole two , less than a tenth of a second ahead of his Irish team-mate, topping the time sheets with an impressive 1’42.201.

The Italian was less fortunate in the third and final heat, just missing out on a front row start ahead of tomorrow’s two races, completing Superpole three in fifth place. Unfortunately Melandri struggled on exiting the infamous Ascari chicane and was unable to put in his fastest time and earn himself the front row grid start that he was fighting for.

Both Yamaha World Superbike riders are heading to tomorrow’s race day determined to provide the spectators with skillful racing on the team’s home track in Monza. The YZF-R1 has been successful on the historic track in the past and results over the weekend so far prove it could well be a strong podium contender again.

Eugene Laverty
Yamaha World Superbike Team – 2nd, 1’42.393
“It’s been a great weekend so far. The team’s workshop is literally just down the road so it really means a lot to me to do well here in Monza. Hopefully we can have two good races tomorrow. I’ll definitely be fighting for the podium! I’ve been waiting for it for quite a while, so I’m planning on finally achieving that tomorrow. The R1 has always been strong here in Monza so I’m really looking forward the race. ”

Front Row for Laverty in the 2011 Monza World Superbike

Michel Fabrizio on the 2011 Monza World Superbike 2nd Row

Team Suzuki Press Release

Team Alstare Suzuki rider Michel Fabrizio qualified seventh in Superpole for tomorrow’s World Superbike Championship fourth round at Monza in Italy and will start both 18-lap races from the second row of the grid.

world superbike, 2011 world superbike racing, 2011 monza world superbike, monza world superbike, It had been his goal to qualify on the first two rows and he will now be in a good position to challenge the leaders right from the start of the races.

Max Biaggi (Aprilia) took Superpole with a lap of 1:41.745, more than a second faster than the lap record. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) was second with Jonathan Rea (Honda) third and Troy Corser (BMW) fourth.

Michel Fabrizio – 7th, 1:42.954:

“My target for Superpole was to finish with a place on the first two rows of the grid and I achieved that, so I am pretty happy. It is so important to be on the first two rows of the grid here because, although the front straight is quite long, the first chicane is very tight and it’s better not to get held up going into it. If that happens, it is difficult to make up the ground again and challenge the leaders.

“I went back to the forks and suspension I knew and I’m sure that was the right choice for me today. I was able to push hard and not worry about trying to understand anything new.

I used my two qualifying tyres in Superpole 1 and 2 so did not have any super sticky rubber in Superpole 3. If I had a qualifier in Superpole 3, then maybe I could’ve finished on the front row of the grid.

But, as I said, I am pretty happy with my result today and I am looking forward to tomorrow because I know that I will be able to challenge the leaders right from the start.

It’s going to be two tough races and I’m sure that slipstreaming will play an important part. I don’t think anybody will clear off, so the last lap is going to be a tactical battle, a big fight; and a lot of fun!”

Final Qualifying & Superpole:
1 Max Biaggi (ITA-Aprilia) 1:41.745, 2 Eugene Laverty (GBR-Yamaha) 1:42.393, 3 Jonathan Rea (GBR-Honda) 1:42.614, 4 Troy Corser (AUS-BMW) 1:42.688, 5 Marco Melandri (ITA-Yamaha) 1:42.714, 6 Leon Haslam (GBR-BMW) 1:42.723, 7 Michel Fabrizio (ITA-Alstare Suzuki) 1:42.954.

The 2011 World Superbike ‘Fast Show’ continues at Monza

BMW Motorrad Press Release

Motorcycle racing fans should prepare themselves for plenty of high-speed action on the weekend of 7-8 May, as the Autodromo Nationale di Monza hosts the fourth round of this year’s World Superbike Championship.

The historic circuit is a fans’ favourite due to the really high speeds achieved by the riders (over 320 km/h), the opportunities for overtaking thanks to slip-streaming, as well as many chances to pass on the brakes throughout the race. The circuit requires more than just a fast motorcycle though – anything less than 100 per cent commitment from the rider and they can easily lose sight of the leading pack.

For BMW Motorrad Motorsport, Monza holds special memories, as it was the track where the team celebrated its first ever World Superbike podium, thanks to Troy Corser’s heroic efforts on the RR in May 2010.

“Last year we had a successful weekend at Monza, celebrating the first podium for BMW Motorrad Motorsport,” said the Australian who is riding for this third consecutive year with the team. “From a rider’s view, Monza is not very technical, as it is more about the performance of the bike. You have very fast sectors and hard braking, so we need to make sure that we don’t suffer the same issues with the tyres that we had in Assen during Saturday’s Superpole and Sunday’s second race. We’ve been focussing our efforts on sorting out those issues, but our performance on hard tyres shows that we are heading in the right direction so I am confident that we can build on that in Monza.”

Leon Haslam has had a strong start to his debut season on the RR, and is currently fifth in the championship standings, only 21 points behind second placed rider Max Biaggi. He finished on the podium at Monza last year, alongside Corser, and is hoping to be back up there in front of the Italian fans at the ultra-fast circuit.

“I’m really looking forward to Monza. Troy got on the podium there last year and it is a circuit which I like and one which I think will favour the RR. Since the last round at Assen, I’ve been to the workshops in Germany and sat down with the team to come up with a plan of action for this next race weekend. We know where we are with the RR and what needs doing, so I am confident in that we can make that next step forward at Monza. We are showing that we can run in the top five on a regular basis, but we just need to take that a step further and push for the podium and race wins. For sure the Yamahas and the Aprilias will be fast at Monza but I am confident that what we have as a package will allow us to compete.”

Haslam’s confidence is shared by BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Bernhard Gobmeier, who believes that the circuit characteristics will suit the RR and offer the team riders a real opportunity to go for glory in Italy.

The 2011 World Superbike ‘Fast Show’ continues at Monza

Monza Another Milestone In The 2011 World Superbike Championship

Kawasaki Racing Press Release

The fourth round of the World Superbike season gets underway at Monza this coming weekend with all three of the main Kawasaki hopes ready to enjoy the unique challenge of this circuit on the awesome new Ninja ZX-10R.

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Tom qualified on the second row of the grid at Monza in 2010, and raced his way to fifth in the second race of the day. After a successful recent test in Japan, Tom has even more confidence to take into the next round.

For team new boy Joan Lascorz – an experienced WSS rider and race winner for Kawasaki in recent seasons – the circuit is another he has to re-learn now he has taken the step up to Superbike competition. After a largely positive introduction to WSBK racing, including an impressive fifth in one race at Donington Park recently, he has shown that he is a natural on the new Ninja ZX-10R.

Like Lascorz, Chris Vermeulen continues to improve his physical condition after a big crash in the 2010 season, with Vermeulen’s right knee now even more improved after more physiotherapy sessions and higher levels of training. Ten times WSBK race winner Chris is looking at completing two strong rides in Italy, and gaining more experience of the Ninja ZX-10R in real race conditions.

Monza is the first of three Italian-based rounds in the 2011 championship and it is arguably the biggest. Held on the ultra-high speed parkland circuit, now peppered with chicanes that allow many overtaking opportunities, Monza is a true classic – having witnessed racing for the first time in the 1920s. As well as the long straights and heavy braking areas there are several long and fast curves, all of which demand a high degree of trust between the top riders.

Monza Another Milestone In The 2011 World Superbike Championship