Aprilla Racing’s Eugene Laverty narrowed the gap to just 13 points over team-mate Sylvain Guintoli at the top of the World Superbike Championship standings, after taking second place in race one and a stunning victory in race two, yesterday at Monza.
The Toomebridge man can now look forward to his adopted home round in a fortnight’s time at Donington Park, as he explained: “It’s been a great day for us, with a double podium and reeling in Sylvain in the points chase means we are getting there bit by bit.
“I was glad we could make amends in race two with the win, as I wasn’t satisfied how I ended the first race.
“My home round at Donington is up next and I’ll hope to win there.”
Both races were a four-way scrap between Laverty, his Aprilia team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes and GoldBet BMW’s Marco Melandri who gave the local fans something to cheer about with a race one win in a blanket finish over Sykes and Laverty.
Isle of Man-based Jonathan Rea had another disappointing weekend with the Ballyclare man’s Pata Honda team getting a solitary eighth place for his weekend’s efforts and hold a similar position in the championship standings.
Lincolnshire rider Sam Lowes took the World Supersport victory on his Yakhnich Yamaha at Monza, run over just 10 laps due to a number of incidents and saw Dublin’s Jack Kennedy crash out from 11th position at mid-distance.
With main rivals Fabien Foret, Michael van der Mark and Kenan Sofuoglu all failing to finish, Lowes now leads the championship by 16 points from Foret. Dubliner Kennedy holds tenth place for RivaMoto Honda.