Cal Crutchlow has established an 18 point gap over his nearest rival in the World Supersport Championship standings after completing his second win of the season at Monza.
The British rider was the dominant force throughout the weekend, topping both free practice and qualifying sessions, and while a bad start left him third at the first corner, he quickly worked his way to the front.
Going on to make a break for victory with five laps remaining, Crutchlow admits he was surprised to win so easily having initially targeted a mere top five result.
“I'm really happy with the race. We came here looking to finish in the top five, to be honest, on a circuit I don't know. We did a good job this weekend at Yamaha so thanks to everyone who put a lot of effort in.
“We were never as fast as we could have been but we worked hard. When I got the break in the race today I went for it, I was willing to do anything to win, you could see by some of the passes I was taking no prisoners! It's all credit to the team who got me here so a great win for the team!”
The win marks Crutchlow's fourth consecutive podium and now puts him 18 points clear of Eugene Laverty and 27 points ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu in the overall standings.