Monza: Benelli Sport Friday qualifying report

Benelli return to racing at historic Monza. After their unfortunate problems at Valencia earlier this year, which resulted in Benelli missing the last three rounds, Benelli Sport returned to World Supersport competition today. "It's good to be...

Benelli return to racing at historic Monza.

After their unfortunate problems at Valencia earlier this year, which resulted in Benelli missing the last three rounds, Benelli Sport returned to World Supersport competition today.

"It's good to be back!" declared Team owner Andrea Merloni. "We have solved all the problems we had in Valencia. The reliability is back although we are a little disappointed with the results today, we were faster here in testing on the 29th of April."

Despite being given tyres specially made by Dunlop for Monza, the team struggled with severe chatter in qualifying. Peter Goddard managed to qualify in a provisional 24th place.

"Maybe it's the tyres," said Merloni. "Or maybe it's a combination of suspension, tyres and even the weather, but we expected to be two seconds faster here today. We need another dry qualifying session to get a good grid position, unfortunately we can't rely on the weather forecast, in Italy they are a lottery!"

Away from racing there was good news for Benelli, the beautiful Tornado road bike is in full production and Benelli expect to start the first deliveries to dealers in a little over a week.

"We already have many orders for the new road bike," confirmed Merloni. "That makes me very happy."

Reaction to the Benelli Tornado has been positive since the first time the bike was shown to the public, and the factory have managed to bring the bike from prototype to production while remaining faithful to the original design. The bike looks set to become an instant Italian classic!

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Peter Goddard