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Laverty stuns with double after Biaggi penalty

Just hours after winning his first WSBK race, Laverty does the double with a remarkable ride up the order.
Eugene Laverty has won his second World Superbike race of the day at Monza after an epic final corner pass on team-mate Marco Melandri saw him claim an unexpected victory.

A race of huge drama, Melandri was leading Laverty all the way until the final bend when he ran wide under intense pressure and allowed the Irishman through to take a double victory, just hours after claiming a maiden WSBK win.

The Yamaha 1-2 came after a drive-through penalty handed to Max Biaggi for cutting the first corner chicane whilst leading by a significant margin, in doing so igniting the battle between Melandri and Laverty.

Indeed, Biaggi looked well on course for victory having opened up a five second lead over the first-half of the race, the Italian benefitting from incidents for others to sprint away the moment he snatched the lead on the second lap.

However, the defending champion's victory hopes were controversially dashed on lap eleven when he was handed a drive-through penalty for cutting the first corner chicane, Biaggi judged to crossed a white line that ensures riders return to the circuit safely.

Visibly angry by the ruling as he vigorously shook his head on learning of his penalty, Biaggi avoided a repeat of his Donington Park exclusion by pulling into the pit lane and paying his dues.

Dropping down the order, the battle for victory was suddenly between Melandri and Laverty, an unexpected scenario for the latter rider having completed the first lap in ninth place and run off the circuit himself on lap five.

Indeed, Laverty was one of a few innocent victims eliminated or delayed in a first corner fracas, triggered by Carlos Checa diving up the inside at the chicane, clipping the kerb and bouncing into Jonathan Rea. While Checa stayed upright, Rea slid off, in doing so collecting Leon Haslam and forcing Laverty to an almost stop. Jakub Smrz would also be collected as he clattered into one of the stricken bikes and was sent over the handlebars, thankfully without harm.

The melee had left Corser leading Biaggi, ahead of Leon Camier, Noriyuki Haga and Melandri at the end of the first lap, though Biaggi would cruise past Corser on the home straight.





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Richard Mushet

May 08, 2011 3:20 PM

Biaggi was cruising to the win but couldn't be bothered to follow the rules given to all riders at the beginning of the weekend. Haga and Haslam both went to the left-hand side of the run-off within the white lines, but Max couldn't be bothered and dropped almost 20 points that he could've caught Checa with. My heart pumps p155 for the Roman dwarf. Rea, Haslam and Smrz were unlucky after Checa clipped Rea and started the traditional Monza first-lap mayhem that we've become accustomed to. I thought that incident had cost Eugene a podium chance, never mind the win, but he didn't panic and showed what a class act he is.

Max - Unregistered

May 08, 2011 3:21 PM

Biaggi still manages to finish in front of Checa even after that ride through penalty. Ah... Life is not fair sometimes. Anyway Aprilia & tried to cheat! Karma is a b1tch. Great day for Team Yamaha Italia & Team GBR... They cleaned up!



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