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Charles Leclerc (16) held off both Mercedes drivers to win the Italian Grand Prix. (Steve Etherington Photo)
Charles Leclerc thrilled Italian fans by holding off the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to win the Italian Grand Prix Sunday at Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Lewis Hamilton picked up his fourth pole of the season during qualifying Saturday for the Formula One Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) wins the only race of the day, a contest halted at half race distance.
John Hopkins may have had experience of most of the top categories of bike racing in his lengthy career, but strange as it might seem the Crescent FIXI Suzuki man has never set foot in the Monza circuit, so the American will get a chance to put that right this weekend. After experiencing some early season ups and downs he now feels the team is firmly on a steep upward slope.
Monza is the venue for a championship round for the 21st time: the first edition was held in 1990 and it saw a double win for Fabrizio Pirovano on a Yamaha. This will also be the 301st World Superbike round, which will reach the 600-race mark next time out at Donington the following weekend.

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