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X marks the spot at Misano

Excellent weekend for Xaus a good sign for BMW

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 30, 2008
Ruben Xaus and Max Biaggi picked up a surprising one-two finish for the private Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati team in the second race of the World Superbike series stop in Misano Adriatico, Italy June 29.

Troy Bayliss came in third for Ducati Xerox to complete an all-Ducati podium for Race Two. Ironically, Xaus’ first win of the season comes just days after he signed on to race for BMW’s new World Superbike team in 2009.

“Today’s win is special to me: I fought against the rider I have learnt more from, a hardcase as only Troy Bayliss can be,” says Xaus. “After having come close to the podium several times and got the forth position four times, I wanted the win and I powered to all my determination to get it.”Ruben Xaus (front) leads an all-Ducati train ahead of Troy Bayliss (21) and Max Biaggi (3).

Xaus was also competitive in Race One, holding the lead for the first 14 laps. Xaus battled with Yamaha Motor Italia’s Troy Corser for most of the race until Alstare Suzuki’s Max Neukirchner passed them for the lead despite starting the race in the third row. Corser finished half a second behind Neukirchner while Bayliss came in third.

“I was patient and just worked my way up through the field and once I was in front, I knew I could win,” says Neukirchner, who now sits second in the overall standings, 49 points behind Bayliss.

World Superbike Championship standings

Pos. Rider Team Points
1. Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox 259
2. Max Neukirchner Altare Suzuki 210
3. Carlos Checa Hannspree Ten Kate Honda 207
4. Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia 191
5. Troy Corser Yamaha Motor Italia 185

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