Brit Johnny Rea took a well earned victory at Vallelunga

Brit Johnny Rea took a well earned victory at Vallelunga

 

Vallelunga World Supersport: Brit Johnny Rea ran an immaculate race to take the win

By James Keen -

World Superbikes

 21 September 2008 12:23

Johnny Rea ran an immaculate race at Vallelunga to take a well deserved victory. Parkes claimed second on the podium and Laverty earned third after a hard-fought race.

As the race got underway at Vallelunga today Pitt stormed round the outside of the pack after a good start and Johnny Rea pulled into the lead, putting the Honda team mates into first and second.

For a second it looked like the top 4- Rea, Pitt, Harms and Parkes- were going to break away, but Laverty in fifth pushed hard to catch the front runners.

Pitt started to drop away from Johnny Rea, who was storming away in front, and he paid for it when Harms overtook him for second place. With 12 laps still to go Rea had already opened up a 2.3 second gap.

Laverty was getting good drive onto the straights, allowing him to pass Pitt for second place. With 9 laps to go, Laverty was riding hard but Rea looked to have opened up an insurmountable lead.

With 8 laps to go, Parkes was fighting back and moved up to second place leaving Pitt and Laverty to battle for third.

With 4 laps to go, Laverty ran wide into a bend and Pitt tried to capitalise on it by diving up the inside, but Laverty closed the gap too quickly and the two riders bashed fairings before Pitt eventually slid off the track right in front of Laverty's front wheel. Laverty did very well to stay on.

Johnny Rea kept it together right until the end to take a very well earned victory at the Italian circuit. Parkes claimed second and Laverty, despite his scary moment with Pitt, held on for third place.

1  65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 36'48.656 (147,38 kph)
2  23 Parkes B. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R6 2.971
3  50 Laverty E. (IRL) Yamaha YZF-R6 6.461
4  26 Lascorz J. (ESP) Honda CBR600RR 7.135
5  77 Veneman B. (NED) Suzuki GSX-R600 10.945
6 127 Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 14.412
7  69 Nannelli G. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 14.557
8  83 Van Keymeulen D. (BEL) Suzuki GSX-R600 19.286
9   8 Aitchison M. (AUS) Triumph 675 23.854
10  41 Hayes J. (USA) Honda CBR600RR 31.193
11  47 Clementi I. (ITA) Triumph 675 31.327
12  25 Brookes J. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 39.771
13  17 Praia M. (POR) Honda CBR600RR 40.957
14 123 Toti T. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R600 41.196
15 105 Vizziello G. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 41.337
16  11 Holland R. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 43.421
17  55 Roccoli M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF-R6 44.790
18  21 Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 45.564
19  44 Salom D. (ESP) Yamaha YZF-R6 54.098
20 126 Martin C. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX-6R 58.063
21  81 Gowland G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 1'01.773
22   7 Vostárek P. (CZE) Honda CBR600RR 1'16.595
23  10 Perret D. (FRA) Honda CBR600RR 1'16.917
24 124 Crowe J. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R6 1'17.279
25  34 Nemeth B. (HUN) Honda CBR600RR 1'17.539
26 117 Sacchetti D. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1'28.143
27  42 Cudlin A. (AUS) Triumph 675 1'29.485
RET  88 Pitt A. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 
RET  30 Günther J. (GER) Honda CBR600RR 
RET  14 Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR600RR 
RET  35 Barone G. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 
RET  45 Zappa A. (ITA) Triumph 675 
RET 199 Dell'Omo D. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 
RET   4 Alfonsi L. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR