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HAVE YOUR SAY: Who were your Monza men?

You can't argue much against Eugene Laverty after his Monza double, though he wasn't only rider to show well in Italy this weekend...
Few, including the man himself, would likely have predicted pre-weekend that Eugene Laverty would come away from the fourth round of the World Superbike Championship as its newest double race winner.

Indeed, perhaps Max Biaggi was right to be modest when he claimed that 'nothing has been won' following his record-breaking qualifying lap, though even he will admit his error cost him an almost certain victory in race two.

As ever, we put out the question as to who you think deserves the ultimate plaudits from Monza, though it's difficult to deny Laverty as the 'man of the day' with his two wins – one achieved from the front, the other after a magnificent fight back.

Still, the question isn't exclusive to just one rider, with several others producing notable performances this weekend, including Laverty's team-mate Marco Melandri, who while not used to taking a back seat behind his counterpart, can be satisfied with his solid points' haul in second and fourth.

Former Ducati team-mates Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga were also entertaining in their tussle for third during race two, the pair rewarded by scoring their best results of the season.

After a tough Assen event, BMW came back fighting at Monza, Leon Haslam shining to claim third in race one, while he was robbed of a chance at victory in race two when he was eliminated. Satellite rider Ayrton Badovini should also be singled out for his run to 11th in race one from the back of the field before claiming a new personal best of sixth in race two.

Despite the rather controversial way in which is weekend ended, Biaggi rode well in the run up to that as he topped out at some exceptional speeds, while Checa battled hard on the Ducati – even if he was singled out for causing the race two crash.

A great day for Yamaha as a whole, Chaz Davies was similarly masterful in the Supersport classes, topping every timed session, taking pole position, the race win and the fastest lap – an utterly dominant weekend for the in-form Welshman.

Of course, this is just our opinion, so we ask you – who stood out for at Monza? (And you don't just have to pick Laverty!)

To have your say, click on the comments tab below…




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Jiri Simek

May 09, 2011 9:39 AM

I think that this racing weekend was the best one so far! The stand-outs were definitely Eugene and Chaz. However, many others were spectacular such as Max, Marco, Leon. I would never thought that such a high-speed cicruit could bring racing so close and so tough!

wr86 - Unregistered

May 10, 2011 6:05 PM

Still no story on the 2nd victory in a row for Davies and the ruling the Scassa is banned from racing at Misano??? Both seem to be more interesting than "Badovini not completely satisfied despite maiden top 6" Maybe it's just me....



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