HALF WET TRACK AT MONZA The leader of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup Ayrton Badovini (BMW) was the fastest in the first qualifying practice session on the mythical track of Monza. Winner of the Italian championship race here last Sunday, he ...
HALF WET TRACK AT MONZA
The leader of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup Ayrton Badovini (BMW) was the fastest in the first qualifying practice session on the mythical track of Monza. Winner of the Italian championship race here last Sunday, he was leading in front of Mahr, Antonelli and Lussiana.
It was on a drying surface that Badovini did his best time. Barrier and Baz were ninth and tenth, choosing not to take too many chances. Berger, who crashed without hurting himself, will do better tomorrow than 20th. He is just in front of Michael Savary.
Michel Garnier (team owner): "It was not bad this morning on a dry track, with Sylvain 3rd and Michael 15th. In the afternoon the track was drying and the rain tyre got destroyed pretty quickly. We even had a mud guard ripped apart! After 5 laps, Sylvain was 4th and it was still a little bit wet. We started again with the same tyre. But the track was drying and the tyre was destroyed after 4 laps. Sylvain was then 9th. Michael had the same type of practice and he finished 21st."
Sylvain Barrier: "The day was not so bad. We worked on the set up, as it is the first time I am riding this bike on the wet. In the timed session, the tyre was quickly destroyed because of the long straight lines. I started again with this rain tyre but the weather conditions quickly changed. At the end of the session, I didn't want to put a new tyre not to possibly crash. I can go faster tomorrow if it's dry. But dry or wet, we are in the truth. We have solutions to solve the problems."
Michael Savary: "I had some problems this morning with the gas overflowing. But I have good sensations, the chassis is better. The balance of the bike is better for me. I had some small brake problems. I am ready and confident for tomorrow with a good bike."
The fastest track of the Championship
Monza is the quickest of the tracks used for the 2010 Superbike World Championship. The fastest lap was done last year by Ben Spies on a Yamaha, with the average speed of 200.386 kph in Superpole. This is not the quickest lap ever, as Pierfrancesco Chili on a 750 Suzuki averaged 203. kph at Hockenheim on June 4th, 2000. Last year in Monza, Max Biaggi had the best top speed on his Aprilia. It was during the second race and he went 325.8 kph, which is the fastest speed ever recorded in world Superbike.
A track with a great history
Monza was built in 1922 (in only 100 days!) by the Milan Automobile Club. The "Autodromo Nazionale di Monza" is only 15 km from Milan. It is the oldest permanent racing circuit still used in Europe and the third such circuit to have been built after Brooklands (GB / 1907) and Indianapolis (USA 1909). The track is 5.777 km long and features a 2.405 km long oval, which is no longer used. The main straight is 1.195 km long. The first Grand Prix of the Nations (September 8, 1922) was won by Amadeo Ruggeri on a 1000 cc Harley-Davidson. In the 500 class, the winner was Italian Gnesa on 2-stroke 350 Garelli.
A very special circuit
Monza is the fastest circuit on the World Superbike calendar. The track has two very slow chicanes, the "Prima variante" and the "Variante della Roggia". It also has a long right-hander called the "Curva Parabolica". Monza only has one real left-hander, the "Curva Del Serraglio" after the Lesmo double right-hander. Monza is different because the bike is upright for so much of the lap, during acceleration, top speed and braking phases. Monza is unique in that the bikes are running more often in a straight line than in a corner, the opposite of the other World Superbike circuits.