The rain in Spain fell mainly in Italy this weekend, as the World Superbike circus got rained out twice at the historic Monza track.
The first race was cancelled after a series of crashes immediately after the start, while the second race was stopped after only eight laps when more rain fell; half points for the one contest being awarded.
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes got his second WSBK victory out of the event, with a big nine-second advantage over BMW’s Leon Haslam, who was just ahead of Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty, making a podium sweep for United Kingdom riders. Haslam, who went from 14th to second in only eight laps, was possibly the most impressive rider of the day.
Championship leader Max Biaggi would only drag his Aprilia into fifth, although he retains his lead over 2011 champ Carlos Checa, who was seventh on the day on his Ducati, and delighted to finish in the top 10, the Ducati suffering severely on Monza’s high-speed straights.
Sykes said, ” My second win for Kawasaki but my first this year and it was nice to get that one under the belt. It is a shame that it is only half points but we put on a good show in eight laps and I hope I put on a good show for the Italian fans … I had a great start and got myself into the lead and as Elvis once said, “It’s now or never.”
Next race May 13, Donington, U.K.
World Championship Point Standings (after 7 of 28 races):
1.Max Biaggi, Italy, Aprilia Racing Team, 97.5 points
2. Carlos Checa, Spain, Althea Ducati, 95.5
3. Tom Sykes, United Kingdom, Kawasaki Racing Team, 91.5
4. Marco Melandri, Italy, BMW Motorrad Motorsport, 72.5
5. Jonathon Rea, United Kingdon, Ten Kate Castrol Honda, 70
6. Leon Haslam, United Kingdom, BMW Motorrad Racing, 68
7. Sylvain Guintoli, France, Effenbert Liberty Ducati, 66
8. Eugene Laverty, United Kingdom, Aprilia Racing Team, 64
9. Jakob Smrz, Czech Republic, Effenbert Liberty Ducati, 42.5
10. Davide Giugliano, Italy, Althea Ducati, 41