Goldstar Motorrad BMW rider Marco Melandri won the opening race of the day at his home circuit of Monza, narrowly beating Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty to the line.
|Melandri won by 0.085 seconds at historic Monza
Photo: World SBK
Aprilia Racing’s Eugene Laverty got the hole shot into the first chicane ahead of Jonathan Rea and Tom Skyes, who were closely followed by Marco Melandri and world championship leader Sylvain Guintoli. Problems struck early on in the race for Rea, he seemed to miss a gear on the exit of the opening chicane on lap two, resulting in the Irishman slipping down into sixth behind Davide Guigliano.
By lap three Laverty, Melandri and Sykes began to break away from the rest of the pack and had already broken Cal Crutchlow’s three year old record by the second lap. Laverty’s teammate Guintoli soon caught up with the leading group and a battle for the top step of the podium began to develop. Four seconds down the road Chaz Davies was locked in an intense battle for fifth with Jonathan Rea and Davide Guiglano.
Laverty lead the fight for the victory until lap eight when team-mate Guintoli slid underneath the Irishman at the Parabolica to take the take lead closely followed my Melandri, which pushed Laverty down into third position. Meanwhile Fixi Cresent Suzuki rider Jules Cluzel entered pit-lane for a ride through penalty, after running on at the opening chicane on lap six. Drama was continuing behind the leading group when Davide Guigliano out-braked himself on the opening chicane on lap 9 which pushed the Italian down into 10th position, leaving Rea and Davies in the fight for fifth. Lap 10 saw the Rea’s race go from bad to worse after passing Davies for fifth position the Pata Honda rider then ran-on at the infamous first corner chicane. He re-entered the race in 9th position behind Leon Camier but was then told he was under investigation. By lap 13 Rea was forced to give up two places, eventually crossing the line in 8th position.
The group at the front were flying and having set a new circuit record four times, they had a safe lead ahead of a now lonely Chaz Davies in fifth. With Melandri in the lead at his home race, Sykes passed Laverty for third position and the final step on the podium and Laverty seemed to be losing touch with the front four on lap 11. British rider Tom Sykes led the race from lap 15 and Laverty was now was back up with the front three and moved into third ahead of his teammate.
In the closing five laps the lead changed a total of six times, but it was Marco Melandri who crossed the line the victor just 0.085 second ahead of Sykes, with Laverty completing the podium.
1. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 30’54.925
2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 30’55.010
3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 30’55.032
4. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 30’56.769
5. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 31’02.554
6. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 31’03.332
7. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 31’10.480
8. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 31’11.390
9. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 31’11.593
10. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 31’21.745
11. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 31’33.833
12. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 31’33.876
13. Fabrizio Lai (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 31’47.713
14. Kosuke Akiyoshi (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 31’50.814
15. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 31’50.931
16. Mark Aitchison (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 31’51.752
17. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 31’54.470
RT. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 14’33.976