SSTK: Savadori eases to Monza win

Adding to his celebrations, Savadori has also leapt from fourth to first in the overall standings after taking ultimate advantage of erstwhile leader Barrier's failure to make the chequered flag.

The Frenchman had started from pole position, but a dislocated shoulder sustained on Friday was clearly giving him discomfort as he became embroiled in an intense five-man fight for fourth position.

Though five became four when fellow title contender Loris Baz crashed out on a shaded damp patch at Ascari, Barrier had slid back to sixth when he too would crash at Ascari with just two laps remaining. Despite the DNF, his wins at Imola and Assen means he remains just three points off new leader Savadori.

In the end, fourth place went the way of Fabio Massei, who came on strong in the final laps to almost catch and pass both Bergman and La Marra, while Bussolotti came home a fairly quiet fifth on the SK Energy Ducati.

Similarly impressive was Hungarian racer Alen Gyorfi, who put in a career-best ride from 15th on the grid to claim a competitive sixth place finish on the MetalCom Adrenalin H-Moto Honda.

Markus Reiterberger notched up more points in seventh on an otherwise disappointing race for BMW, ahead of a recovering Baroni, while Jeremy Guarnoni took a notable ninth place finish having finished the opening lap in last position.

Elsewhere, there was heartbreak for the wild-card Gabrielli siblings, with Tommaso crashing out on the final lap, while his brother Matteo was on course for a top ten finish when his Aprilia seemingly ran out of fuel. Nonetheless, some determined shoving down the home straight would at least be rewarded with a tiring 11th place finish.

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May 06, 2012 10:54 AM

Good race, impressive win for Savadori, surprised how slow BMW's were, it has been always their circuit. Bergman was the man of the race, also good performance from Massei, Gyorfi. Sorry about the Gabrielli brothers, they won't have good memories of the last lap. Anyone knows why Staring did not start?

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