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Benelli back for Monza

Published: 06 May 2002

Benelli’s three-cylinder Tornado storms back into WSB action at this weekend’s round in Monza after pulling out during the series curtain-raiser in Valencia, Spain.

The factory pulled the Tornado to concentrate on delivering on its commitment to produce road bikes and give its engineers time to extract more power from the 990cc motor.

The decision by Benelli to rejoin the championship was taken after a successful test of new engine components around Monza’s track.

Pete Goddard will be back with the bike, but although the Aussie says it will be more competitive, he says the best will come later this season.

"We did the test to see what shape we are in and the reliability is okay with a small increase in power, but at less RPM," said Goddard.

"I think we will be racing this configuration for the next three rounds. We are waiting on some new engine parts that will allow a higher RPM and hope to have these soon."