GOOD START FOR DONI TATA PRADITA On this very particular track of Monza, Doni Tata Pradita started to try to find the right setting for his Yamaha R6 involved in the Supersport World Championship. As there is now no more practice on Friday ...
GOOD START FOR DONI TATA PRADITA
On this very particular track of Monza, Doni Tata Pradita started to try to find the right setting for his Yamaha R6 involved in the Supersport World Championship. As there is now no more practice on Friday morning, the time is running short. With the 24th time, 3.8 seconds away from the pole position, Doni is getting ready to work on the setting of his bike to go faster tomorrow and to achieve a good time for a nice position on the starting grid.
Doni Tata Pradita: "I am not completely happy. We have to find a good setting for the suspension and the gearing. It's becoming better for the braking points. I was fast in my last lap, but unfortunately a slower rider got in my way. And they already displayed the chequered flag, the session felt so short! Tomorrow, I will go quicker since the beginning of the session to record a good lap time. Today, I lost time in the second split; the gearing and the shock absorber have to be set up better. Normally in that portion I go full gas, but I had to cut a little bit. Tomorrow will be better."
Martial Garcia (team manager): "Doni confirmed the lap time he made during the preliminary tests. On this track where braking is very important, the suspension needs to be well set up to obtain a good stability."
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.