Monza: YZF Yamaha preview

SCORING POINTS 5 TIMES OUT OF 6 Shinichi Nakatomi is confident coming at Monza because the Yamaha R1 he is riding is reliable and performing well. He scored some points 5 times in the last 6 WSBK races. The Italian circuit has a layout...

SCORING POINTS 5 TIMES OUT OF 6

Shinichi Nakatomi is confident coming at Monza because the Yamaha R1 he is riding is reliable and performing well. He scored some points 5 times in the last 6 WSBK races.

The Italian circuit has a layout that is very different of the other tracks because of several long straight lines. So it is necessary to use different settings and to have a powerful engine to achieve a good performance on the Milanese track.

Martial Garcia (team manager): "We had a good top speed during the previous races this year, so we hope to achieve a good performance in Monza."

The fastest track of the Championship

Monza is the quickest of the tracks used for the 2008 Superbike World Championship. The fastest lap was done last year by Noriyuki Haga on a Yamaha, with the average speed of 198.730 kph. This is not the quickest lap ever, as Pierfrancesco Chili on a 750 Suzuki averaged 203.960 kph at Hockenheim on June 4th, 2000. Last year in Monza, Michel Fabrizio had the best top speed on his DFX Corse Honda. It was during the first race and he went 322.7 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 5.793 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.

Monza stats

Practice record (2007):
1'44.941 Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) 198.730 kph (Nakatomi: 1'48.093 / 20th)

Lap record (best race time 2007):
1'46.064 Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) 196.625 kph

Race 1 result 2007:
1-Haga (Yamaha), 2-Bayliss (Ducati), 3-Biaggi (Suzuki), 4-Toseland (Honda), 5-Corser (Yamaha) …Nakatomi (Yamaha) DNS

Race 2 results 2007:
1-Haga (Yamaha), 2-Toseland (Honda), 3- Bayliss (Ducati), 4- Rolfo (Honda), 5- Corser (Yamaha) …Nakatomi (Yamaha) DNS

6th round of the Superbike World Championship: June 1st, Miller Motorsport Park (Utah / USA)

-credit: yzf yamaha

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Noriyuki Haga , Michel Fabrizio , Shinichi Nakatomi