Posted: 06 May 2012
Race 1: Race one cancelled
The opening Superbike World Championship race at Monza, Italy has been cancelled following safety concerns due to the weather. The race initially started in dry conditions but was red flagged on the third lap when it began raining heavily.
After the unanimous decision between riders, and a track inspection, the race was declared too wet to start and was subsequently cancelled.
Race 2: Well deserved victory for Sykes
Brit rider Tom Sykes has secured his first ever Superbike World Championship victory at Monza, Italy, in today’s only race. The Kawasaki rider capitalised on his front row start from the grid to clinch the lead – a position he maintained for the entirety of the shortened eight-lap race.
Once again, rain began to fall at the Italian circuit, so the race was red-flagged and the result was declared at half race distance. Unfortunately, this meant that Sykes could only claim half the number of points for his victory.
Despite qualifying in a lowly 14th position, fellow British rider Leon Haslam claimed second place, finishing ahead of Ulsterman Eugene Laverty.
1. Tom Sykes
2. Leon Haslam
3. Eugene Laverty
4. Marco Melandri
5. Max Biaggi
6. Jonathan Rea
7. Carlos Checa
8. Davide Giugliano
9. Jakub Smrz
10. Ayrton Badovini