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Laverty takes stunning first victory

Up to that point, Haslam had been enjoying a strong race, cruising up to the back of the two leaders, only to lose ground again when he ran on at the first corner chicane.

However, his hopes of hunting down Laverty were immediately hampered by Biaggi, the Italian exercising his bike's straight-line pace to cruise back up to second place.

Indeed, although he gave two more chances to Haslam and Melandri to pull away when he made two more identical errors into Variante della Roggia, he was back ahead of them within just a handful of bends.

Even so, while he had no problems getting back up to second place, Biaggi's costly errors had left him 2.4secs behind Laverty, who was revelling from having broken the tow.

Though Biaggi began chasing, Laverty matched him to the chequered flag, the Irishman completing a truly remarkable victory on a day when Biaggi looked to be the man to beat. A repeat of his victory at Monza in 2010, albeit in the Supersport class, the result catapults him up to sixth in the overall standings as a result.

Biaggi consoled himself with the knowledge the key rival and series leader Carlos Checa could only manage ninth position, bringing his lead down to 30 points.

Despite being sent across the chicane on lap 14 when Melandri elbowed his way through, Haslam recovered to claim his second podium finish of the season in what was arguably BMW's most competitive performance of the year, while Melandri was a fine fourth on his Monza Superbike debut.

Behind the top four, the field was fairly strung out, with Michel Fabrizio putting in a battling, if lonely, fifth place finish on the Suzuki, up on Jonathan Rea, the front row starter struggling somewhat on the Castrol Honda.

Having jumped out of the blocks, Corser ended up in seventh on the second BMW, well up on Leon Camier, who spent his race locked in battle with Checa, the Briton getting the better of the series leader on the final lap of the race.

Jakub Smrz shadowed his Ducati counterpart in tenth, ahead of Ayrton Badovini, who managed an impressive 11th having been down in last after running across the gravel during the early stages of the race.





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Gino - Unregistered

May 08, 2011 1:43 PM

That settles it. That aprillia is way too fast, I used to believe biaggi when he said his speed was more down to his corner exit than power, but today we saw him go way deep into the chicane, get passed in the inside as marco gets on power earlier and biaggi still get passed by the next corner. He doesn't even need the main straight. Freakin ridiculous u can run that wide and still drive passed everyone like a video game on easy setting. And it happened more than once !!!!!

FairMan - Unregistered

May 08, 2011 12:22 PM

CamierFan: My comment was not against Camier, I think he is great rider and he is consistently losing with his teammate only because Biaggi is real champion and one of the best rider ever. It is not shame to lose against true legend (=Biaggi) on the same bike. But eurosport commentators are clearly biased against Biaggi and it REALLY ANNOYS ME. I understand they do not like him as a person but it is very unproffesional to criticise his riders abilities because of some personal animosity.



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