In a tightly fought competition at the challenging, lightning-fast Monza circuit, fans witnessed new records, daring maneuvers and the dominance of Kawasaki’s Ninja Zx-10R machine.
With a time of 1’42.229 set on lap five of race one, Tom Sykes walked away from the weekend holding new track and race records for the Italian circuit. He was however impressive all weekend and his devastatingly fast pace in both races resulted in second and third place finishes and he sits third in the championship on 119 points, 18 behind the leader.
In race one he crossed the finishing line only 0.085 seconds behind the leader, undertaking Eugine Laverty on the classic Parabolica final corner on the final lap to clinch second in dramatic style. The KRT rider said, “I was waiting to see where [the riders at the front] were strong, and [where] they have some speed, so I used that to my advantage and it led to a very exciting last lap”. Race two was another tight affair, with Sykes battling all the way to finish third, only 0.725 seconds off the winner.
Loris Baz had a contrasting weekend that nevertheless highlighted his endurance in the face of difficult circumstances, and that of the Kawasaki Racing Team. He was unable to move up the leaderboard, though two solid top ten finishes despite bike set-up issues mean that he still sits sixth in the championship. Baz finished 7th in race one, moving up through the pack after qualifying 11th, and even more impressively battled to 8th in race two despite starting at the back of the grid after stalling on the grid. He said, “We knew it was going to be a hard race day for us but in race two we understood a lot and I think we know which direction we have to go at this track”.
The Kawasaki Ninja Zx-10R bike dominated proceedings in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup race, with riders Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) taking the top two pole positions.
Despite a frustrating campaign, Guarnoni finished 0.402 seconds behind the young Italian, bringing him up to fourth in the championship and eight points behind the leader. Further back there was an imposing 6 of these machines in the top ten and eleven in the top twenty, with fans delighting in the performance of a model they can see in their local showrooms.