Troy Corser has won the first race of the Monza round of the Corona Extra Wolrd Superbike championship in a titanic four bike scrap.
Corser managed to pip his pole sitting team-mate Yukio Kagayama into the first corner, and despite a huge amount of pressure during the race he amanged to hold his lead to the flag.
Xerox Ducati's Regis Laconi got away with the two leaders and swapped second place with Kagayama on many occasions. However it was the French-mans Ducati team-mate and current world champ James Toseland that battled his way from sixth after the first few laps to take third spot on the podium.
Toseland quickly disbanded with Yamaha's Andrew Pitt and proceeded to chase down the leaders, who had taken a 5 second advantage by the eighth lap, and joined Laconi's back wheel with only two laps to the end.
Laconi then made a mistake trying to take Kagayama which Toseland capitalised on to take third and very narrowly missed out on taking Kagayama on the last corner of the last lap.
“We've put all the silly mistakes behind us, I knew there wasn't much wrong and now we are back!" claimed Toseland after the race.
Honda's Chris Vermeulen only managed one lap before his engine gave up, whilst his team-mate Karl Muggeridge had a terrible start after being knocked by a fellow rider that pushed him wide on the track. Despite being down to 18th after the first lap, he managed to fight his way back to sixth by the flag but will be wanting more from the second race.
Gianluca Nannelli, on the SC Caracchi Ducati, who is deputizing for Lorenzo Lanzi who broke his collar bone in Valencia finished in an impressive ninth place. Nanelli has been very busy this weekend competing in both Superbike and Supersport classes for his team.