Troy Corser and Alstare Suzuki's dominance in the World Superbike Championship was severely tested on Sunday as the points leader fought to maintain his lead while the young Chris Vermeulen snatch victory in the second race.
Troy Corser and Alstare Suzuki's dominance in the World Superbike Championship was severely tested on Sunday as the points fought to maintain his lead while the young Chris Vermeulen snatch victory in the second race.
Corser won the first race of the Monza round of WSBK in a giant four-bike battle for the top podium position. He beat his team-mate (who also had pole position), Yukio Kagayama, into the first corner and subsequently beat off the rest of the field to tenuously hold only this lead to the final flag.
Ducati's Regis Laconi was unfortunately taken out close to the end, after a making a mistake while battling with Kagayama for the second spot. Laconi's team-mate and defending champion, James Toseland, battled from an early sixth position to fourth with before claiming the last podium position following his team-mate's demise with two laps to go.
The Brit narrowly missed out on claiming second from Kagayama on the last corner of the final lap, too.
Winston Ten Kate Honda's promising Chris Vermeulen suffered the misfortune of an engine blow-out on the first lap of the first race, while his team-mate Karl Muggeridge fought his way from 18th to sixth place after running wide early in the race.
However, a victory in the second race for Vermeulen set his championship ideals back on track as he snatched the victory from Regis Laconi on the last lap of the delayed race.
Laconi had led from the start, followed by Corser and Kagayama, and when Kagayama slid off the track from second on the 11th lap, his team-mate Corser briefly occupied the second position before dropping down the order to third.
Vermeulen capitalised on Corser's lapse in concentration to close in on Laconi with only 1,5 seconds separating him from the frontrunner. He made his dramatic move on the final lap to steal victory from the disappointed Laconi with metres to go to the chequered flag.
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