Race one scrapped after safety concerns

Poor weather conditions and concerns over the state of Pirelli's treaded tyres have forced organisers to cancel the opening World Superbike race at Monza.
The first 2012 World Superbike Championship race at Monza has been cancelled after concerns with the treaded tyres in wet conditions prompted organisers to play safe.

The race originally started in dry conditions but was halted after three laps when a brief shower brought down John Hopkins, David Salom and Sergio Gadea.

With intermittent showers at different parts of the circuit causing further havoc as the bikes lined up on the grid for a restart, an impromptu meeting on the home straight suggested the riders were not keen to head out onto an ever evolving track.

However, just as a handful of riders went onto a track inspection, the heavens opened properly and rain began falling heavily, a worst case scenario following the riders' pre-race declaration that they wouldn't be able to race on Pirelli's wet weather tyres.

Indeed, the riders have been vocal about the state of the rear wet weather tyres throughout the weekend, which have been quickly breaking up after just a handful of laps under the high-speed conditions.

With this in mind, organisers have taken the decision to cancel the race altogether, while the World Supersport race – which is scheduled to start at 12.30GMT – may also be canned.

Tagged as: Monza , Pirelli

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WSBKFan - Unregistered

May 06, 2012 1:14 PM

Trent, please use your eyes, if you had seen qualifing, you would have seen big cunks of tyre flying of the rear wheels after only 2 laps and the bikes were weaving all over the place on the start finish straight. So the reason it was canceled, is because the TYRES were not SAFE, as they couldn't stay on a straight line, let alone a bend. Also it's easy to be brave, sitting in your armchair, if you'd have been out there, you would have been in the LOO!!!!!

rca - Unregistered

May 06, 2012 12:37 PM

@ trent can u really be so stupid. max had blown his engine and checa could have gained valuable points if the race went ahead. he is current world champion but only one voice.

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