While Max Biaggi has been receiving plenty of press attention for breaking the speed record for a World Superbike, figures show he isn't the only rider to be setting new standards in Italy this weekend.
At 330kph, the Italian was the fastest rider in a straight-line during Superpole, helping him to secure a maiden WSBK pole position around the high-speed Monza circuit.
However, his advantage was relatively minor over some of his rivals, in particular team-mate Leon Camier and Yamaha's James Toseland, who have proven just 2kph slower this weekend.
Meanwhile, Cal Crutchlow and Leon Haslam topped out at 326kph in the sessions leading up to Superpole, but would lose two and five kph during the crucial session.
Losing out on the straights, however, was Michel Fabrizio, who qualified third, despite only managing a best of 319kph during Superpole. His Ducati Xerox team-mate Noriyuki Haga, who starts 16th, topped out at 318kph.
Currently, the Ducatis appear to have a disadvantage through the speed traps but are able to make the difference through the bends, as shown by Fabrizio and also Luca Scassa, who qualified tenth despite only posting a 315kph top speed in Superpole – 9kph down on ninth place Max Neukirchner, but only two hundredths slower over a whole lap.
Best speeds for top ten starters at Monza