Was Race Direction right to cancel racing at Monza?

As far as anniversaries go, the 25th year celebration of the World Superbike Championship would turn out to be one to forget for its organisers after a chaotic race day at Monza.

With inclement weather conditions forcing one race to be cancelled and the other shortened to eight laps, just 14 minutes of World Superbike racing took place at Monza, whereas the Superstock 1000 and Supersport races went ahead as planned, the latter in similarly tricky conditions.

The aftermath of the weekend has pitted several factions against one another, with several riders, such as Marco Melandri, Max Biaggi, Eugene Laverty and Jonathan Rea agreeing that race one was not safe to go ahead in light of the weather and difficulties with the full wet Pirelli tyres.

However, this was countered by Pirelli who insist their intermediate rubber was sufficient to tackle the patchy conditions, but that teams chose to ignore their advice. Furthermore, Effenbert Liberty Ducati, who lost out after its rider Sylvain Guintoli was unable to utilise its pole position, blasted the WSBK organisers for being too readily influenced by the opinion of a handful of riders.

With just days to go before the teams and riders get back to work with round five at Donington Park – a round that is also renowned for its occasionally difficult weather conditions, even in May -, we want to know whether you think Race Direction was correct in cancelling one race and shortening the other because of the weather…

Was Race Direction right to cancel racing at Monza?

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