Sykes takes win at Monza
Britain's Tom Sykes salvaged something from Sunday's World Superbike washout at Monza with victory in a curtailed race two.
With the opening race of the day cancelled due to heavy rainfall, only one race was possible but that only made it is far as half distance before a fresh downpour forced organisers to call a halt to proceedings and award half points.
Sykes was hugely impressive aboard the Kawasaki in what action there was, establishing a lead of nearly 10 seconds before the red flag came out to signal the end of a frustrating day.
Sykes' first win of the season was not without some good fortune after pole-sitter Sylvain Guintoli was forced out with technical issues on the warm-up lap.
But after that it was all about the skill of the Briton, who took a commanding win from Leon Haslam, with Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) third.
Marco Melandri took fourth ahead of Max Biaggi (Aprilia).
Biaggi now has 97.5 points at the head of the riders' standings while reigning champion Carlos Checa, who finished seventh today for Althea Ducati, has 95.5.
Sykes is third in the championship with 91.5 points.