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Lorenzo Savadori has given the new Ducati 1199 Panigale its first victory on the international stage after cruising to a convincing Superstock 1000 win at a damp Monza.
Having not had the measure of BMW Italia rider Sylvain Barrier during the opening two rounds at Imola and Assen, the Barni Ducati team came into the race knowing it had a good opportunity to crack the Panigale's victory duck on its home soil in light of Barrier's shoulder injury.
As expected, Barrier struggled to maintain pace with the leaders, while Savadori and team-mate Eddi La Marra's other significant threat, Lorenzo Baroni on the second of the BMW Italia bikes, was ruled out by a terrible start that dropped him to 18th at the end of the opening lap.
As such, Savadori and La Marra assumed an early 1-2, the latter passing his team-mate at the end of the opening lap, though Savadori would regain the spot along the home straight at the start of lap three.
It would prove the crucial moment of the race as Savadori steadily stretched his advantage out front, the Italian's cause being aided when La Marra was nearly thrown into a high-side midway around the first corner chicane shortly after being passed.
Though he would recover from his fairly spectacular acrobats, the mistake would nonetheless drop him into the clutches of the race's surprise package Christoffer Bergman. The little-known Swede had gotten away well from sixth on the grid to hold down third, Bergman staying in touch with the leaders as they put distance between themselves and the chasing pack.
Latching onto La Marra's tail, Bergman eventually found his way past at the start of lap seven to split the Barni Ducatis. It was a position he would hold to the end of the race, the BWG Kawasaki rider resisting the renewed attentions of La Marra to record an unexpected podium result.
Meanwhile up front, Savadori was cruising to his maiden Superstock 1000 triumph to take the honour of claiming the first international category victory for the 1199 Panigale.