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May 7, 2011

Updated: American Josh Day Places Third In 600cc Superstock European Championship Race At Monza

Racedays Kawasaki's Josh Day (4).
FIM 600cc Superstock European Championship
Monza, Italy
May 7
Provisional Race Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Romain LANUSSE, France (Yamaha YZF-R6), 10 laps, 18:43.803
2. Dino LOMBARDI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), -6.167 seconds
3. Josh DAY, USA (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -6.662
4. Franco MORBIDELLI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), -6.665
5. Riccardo RUSSO, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), -6.685
6. Giuliano GREGORINI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), -6.829
7. Luca VITALI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), -7.500
8. Nelson MAJOR, France (Yamaha YZF-R6), -8.398
9. Nacho CALERO PEREZ, Spain (Yamaha YZF-R6), -8.446
10. Michael VD MARK, Netherlands (Honda CBR600RR), -10.774

22. Austin DeHAVEN, USA (Yamaha YZF-R6), -83.757

Championship Point Standings (after 2 of 10 races):

1. Lanusse, 45 points
2. Lombardi, 33 points
3. VD Mark, 31 points
4. Day, 23 points
5. Russo, 20 points
6. Calero Perez, 17 points
7. Metcher, 16 points
8. Morbidelli, 13 points
9. TIE, Francesco Cocco/Gauthier Duwelz, 11 points

17. TIE, Tony Covena/DeHaven, 4 points

More, from a press release issued by Racedays Kawasaki:

Podium finish for USA rider Day at Monza

Florida's Josh Day impressed the World Superbike paddock at the legendary Monza circuit this weekend, taking his Racedays Kawasaki ZX6R Ninja to his first podium finish in the European Superstock 600 championship.

A small tumble in qualifying had seen Day drop from 3rd in free practice to 14th on the grid, but the young American stormed through the pack in the first laps to join a five rider battle for second position.

With two laps to go Day seized the opportunity to pull off an audacious outbraking maneuver into the notorious turn 1 chicane, passing four riders to take second position. A typical Monza drafting battle then saw Dino Lombardini slipstream past in the last lap, leaving Day to fight off the Italian regulars through the high speed Parabolica turn and claim second fastest lap of the race and the final podium place.

Josh Day:
''We didn't have the best qualifying but I felt come race time I could be very competitive. There were some very fast Superstock bikes out there, but the Kawasaki has excellent brakes and feeling and I was able to make up the distance and more into the turns. It feels great to get a podium in front of the World Superbike paddock. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going for the next races! I want to thank Racedays Kawasaki for giving me this opportunity and believing in my ability.''

Simon Crafar, Team Coach
"From first hand experience, I know its not easy to turn up to Monza for the first time and race the locals. Josh made us all so proud, and he gave the superstock field another glimpse of the talent we know he has".
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