With a twenty-point lead over the rest of the field, Pierfrancesco Chili will have some work to do this weekend at Monza, the fastest circuit on the Superbike calender.

With a twenty-point lead over the rest of the field, Pierfrancesco Chili will have some work to do this weekend at Monza, the fastest circuit on the Superbike calender

Chili, the entertaining privateer, secured a win before his home crowd on the last outing for the superbike parade. However, the power of a works machine would be an asset. Factory Ducati riders James Toseland and Regis Laconi, currently second and third on the table, are hoping use the opportunity to exploit their machines’ the power advantages.

The foremost four-cylinder machine in the championship is the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade of reigning World Supersport Champion Chris Vermeulen. Since his promotion to the Superbikes, Vermeulen has secured two podium places already and now sits in fourth place overall.

The progressive Foggy Petronas team, running the three-cylinder Petronas FP-1 machine, has experienced a real measure of success this season. Chris Walker took a third place at Valencia in the opening race and Troy Corser secured second place in race one at Misano.

An provisional engine specification will power its Monza assault, before a full revamp comes into effect for the Laguna Seca round in July. The new engine, after being tested in Spain has already been voted an improvement over the previous one.

Meanwhile, the fourth round of the World Supersport championship is expected to be the nail-biting, despite the recent success of Honda riders at the Monza speed bowl.

Since last year's winner Chris Vermeulen’s move to superbike territory duty, Karl Muggeridge and Broc Parkes are assured that Hondas have been responsible for the past two wins at Monza.

The other four manufacturers involved in Supersport have already proved to have their own turns of speed this season, and with Championship leader Yamaha’s Jurgen van den Goorbergh finishing second last year, there are great expectations of the Yamaha camp.

The 2002 World Champion Fabien Foret (Yamaha Italia), Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Germany) and the all-new Suzukis of Katsuaki Fujiwara and Stephane Chambon cannot be overlooked either ahead of Sunday’s clash.

Original article from Car