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Marco Melandri has taken his first World Superbike Championship win of the season on home soil at Monza after prevailing in a thrilling final lap exchange between himself, Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty.
An engrossing encounter that would build in tension as the laps counted down, the crescendo would be an exciting last lap tussle between Laverty, Melandri and Sykes, the trio nose-to-tail as they came into the final revolution.
Indeed, things between the quartet had been fairly even from the start, Laverty getting the jump off the start line to lead initially, Melandri slotting into third from fifth on the grid behind Jonathan Rea, with Sykes fourth and Sylvain Guintoli in fifth.
With Rea making an error on lap two, the remaining four would break away from the pack in unison, the only change coming on lap four when Guintoli slipped up to third on lap four at the expense of Sykes. The Kawasaki rider would go on to straight line the Roggia chicane, losing him time but not track position.
In fact, the championship leader looked to be the rider on the move when he lifted himself to second at Roggia on lap eight, before relieving Laverty of the lead just a few corners later at the Parabolica.
Sparking some action into the quartet, Melandri and Sykes would both get through on Laverty by lap ten, before Melandri nosed into the lead for the first time on lap 11 with a pass on Guintoli at the Roggia chicane.
With Laverty seemingly dropping off the pace, Guintoli struck back into the lead on lap 15 of 18, dragging a recovering Sykes along with him as they overtook Melandri into the opening bend.
From here it was Sykes's turn to have a go in the lead, passing Guintoli into Roggia, a move replicated by Melandri a few corners later. When Laverty also edged ahead of his team-mate for third, Guintoli would promptly slip out of victory contention.