Chaz Davies has moved level with Luca Scassa at the top of the World Supersport Championship standings after cruising to a dominant victory at Monza.
Fresh from his maiden WSS win last time out at Assen, Davies exercised sheer dominance over the course of the Monza weekend, topping every single timed session before translating that into a clear race victory.
Getting an excellent start from pole position – his first at this level -, Davies was already a second clear of the pack by the end of the opening lap, a margin he increased over the course of the race to win by five seconds.
Crucially, his title rival Scassa followed him as ParkinGO Yamaha completed its second 1-2 finish of the year, the Italian keeping the damage down to five points as he and Davies leave Monza with an identical scoresheet.
Fabien Foret finished a lonely third, the Frenchman ruing a poor start that prevented him from getting on terms with Scassa but savouring a second straight podium as he works his way back up the championship standings.
The battle for fourth went down to the wire after a race-long battle between Broc Parkes, Sam Lowes, Roberto Tamburini and Florian Marino. Parkes, Lowes and Marino all enjoyed stints at the front of that pack, but it was Parkes that would emerge ahead in fourth, while Lowes – with his broken collarbone - showed no signs of fatigue as he snatched fifth from Tamburini on the final bend. Marino was seventh.
With as many as nine riders tussling for a top ten result, the fight for eighth came to a more dramatic conclusion when Vittorio Iannuzzo was clipped by Vladimir Ivanov into the final corner, sending them both down just metres from the finish line. An innocent bystander, the following James Ellison had nowhere to go but off the circuit too, ruining his chances of a top ten finish.
Instead, Davis Salom assumed the position, beating Massimo Roccoli to eighth by 0.004secs, while rookie Ondrej Jezek kept his head to claim a top ten finish.
Robbin Harms – fourth in the standings heading to Monza – was a modest 11th, ahead of Danilo Dell'Omo, Mirko Giansanti, Marko Jerman and Balazs Nemeth.
Gino Rea ran with the leaders early on after a good start, but he would fade into a battle at the bottom end of the top ten before slowing with problems on the Step Racing Honda. Running outside the points, his race would come to a sudden end on lap ten when he high-sided out of Ascari.