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SIMEON WINS MONZA SUPERSTOCK

May 6, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – May 6, 2006.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Xavier Simeon won a hard-fought European Superstock 600 race at Monza today to make it two wins out of two in the Championship.

The race was red-flagged after a multiple pile-up on the opening lap in which the young Belgian was a faller. He was struck from behind and crashed - along with three others - at the first chicane, but remounted and rejoined the race in last place. Fortunately though, the red flag meant that the race was restarted all over again.

Simeon was then involved in a tremendous fight with Nicola Canepa (Ducati) which lasted until the last lap: The pair had swapped places throughout the nine-lapper, but Canepa lost the front end going into the Ascari and crashed out, leaving the GSX-R600 rider to cruise to victory.

Xavier Simeon - 1st:

“In the first start, I didn’t know what had happened. I was hit from behind and crashed. I had to lift my bike off another rider and then I got back on and set off after the rest of the field. Fortunately for me, the race was red-flagged and I had another chance to start the race properly. I had a great battle with Canepa and we kept on overtaking each other many times.

“On the last lap, I was behind him and deciding where and when to make my move when he suddenly crashed in front of me. After that, all I had to do was to keep my bike upright and take my second victory in the series. It was a perfect start for me and all my team who have done such a good job.”

Superstock 600 Results: 1 Xavier Simeon (B-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 2 Giugliano (I-Kawasaki), 3 Colatosti (I-Kawasaki), 4 Lamarra (I-Yamaha), 5 Costantini (I-Honda), 6 Colucci (I-Ducati).

Championship Points: 1 Xavier Simeon 50, 2 Giugliano 30, 3 Canepa 20, 4 Savary 18, 5 Colatosti 16, 6 Barragan 16.

For more stories about Xavier Simeon, click here. For photos, click here.

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