Claudio Corti took a classy race win in the Superstock 1000 Cup from his Yamaha team-mate Michele Pirro, but was then immediately relegated to second after he was judged to have passed Didier Vankeymeulen under yellow flags on his way to the front.
Corti played it cool all race and after losing his early lead and sat back in third place before upping his pace in the closing laps. Half way around the final lap Corti was up to second having passed former champion Vankeymeulen, but it was this move performed under yellow flags that cost him victory.
After taking victory, former 125GP rider Michele Pirro now sits joint second with Corti in the championship standings on 45 points with Ducati’s Niccolo Canepa in first six points ahead. Canepa couldn’t run at the front today, but still managed to claim sixth and salvage ten points.
His Ducati team-mate Brendan Roberts made a welcome return to racing after badly breaking his wrist back in March. The Australian took seventh in his first race onboard the 1098 and promises to be even closer to full fitness for Monza in two weeks time.
British riders Barry Burrell and Matt Bond finished in 23rd and 33rd places respectively.