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May 13, 2001

Klaffenbock Wins Sidecar Race, Consolidates Points Lead At Monza

By Glenn Lesanto<BR><BR>Klaus Klaffenbock took a clear victory in the Superside, aka Sidecar, race at Monza as his closest rivals dropped out of the race, one of them literally – Jorg Steinhausen's passenger Andy Hetherington fell out of the sidecar as the pair pursued the title leaders. Reigning Champion Steve Webster suffered another engine failure handing a huge lead to Klaffenbock both on the track and in the title.<BR><BR>The race was restarted because of a huge smash on the first lap which left passenger Jane Fleury with multiple injuries and caused the race to be red-flagged.<BR><BR>Steve Abbott took advantage of both Steinhausen and Webster's misfortune to take second in the race and the title.<BR><BR>Race result<BR>1. Klaffenbock, Suzuki, 31:37.201<BR>2. Abbott, Yamaha, 31:45.508<BR>3. Van Gils, Suzuki, 32:25.581<BR>4. Hauzenberger, Suzuki, 32:45.420<BR>5. Liechti, Kawasaki, 33:13.370<BR>6. Schroder, Suzuki, 33:19.038<BR>7. Roscher, Suzuki, 33:21.399<BR>8. Eilers, Suzuki, 33:29.680<BR> <BR>Championship points standings after 2 rounds (Australia cancelled) <BR><BR>1. Klaffenbock, 50<BR>2. Abbott, 33<BR>3. Hauzenberger, 22<BR>4. Webster, 20<BR>5. Liechti, 18<BR>6. Van Gils, 16<BR>7. Steinhausen, 16<BR>8. Schroder, 16<BR> <BR>Next round: May 27, Donington Park, Great Britain