Phillip Island Preview From Ducati

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
After a fantastic weekend at Kyalami, where Ducati Corse riders came awaywith outstanding results in the second round of this year's championship,all eyes will again be on Troy Bayliss, Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada) andBen Bostrom (Ducati L&M) for repeat performances at the spectacular PhillipIsland circuit in Australia.

Californian Bostrom (Ducati L&M) set the WSBK championship alight with asplendid win at Kyalami and must be considered as one of the favorites forvictory at Phillip Island...

Australian Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada) will beaiming to win his first ever race on his home circuit and after a brace ofsecond places in the last round at Kyalami, lies just two points behindfellow Australian Troy Corser in the championship standings.

Teammate Xauscomes to Australia looking for more Superbike experience after picking up anexcellent fifth place in South Africa. The Spaniard has already tastedvictory in Australia, winning last year's Supersport race on the road.

Phillip Island, in the state of Victoria and a couple of hours drive southof Melbourne, has been home to Australian motorsports for more than 60 years.Over the years the circuit has undergone numerous improvements, includingthe construction of a pit-lane complex with 40 garages, a media center andhospitality suites. The 4.445 km track, which runs counter-clockwise, has beenresurfaced twice, but remains faithful to the original layout.

TRACK RECORDS:Lap Record: 1m33.019s (172.030 kph) Troy Corser (Ducati) 1999;Qualifying Record: 1m33.159s (171.771 kph) Carl Fogarty (Ducati) 2000;Superpole Record: 1m33.321s (171.473 kph) Troy Corser 2000CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after 2 of 13 rounds):1 Corser 82,2 BAYLISS (Ducati Infostrada) 80,3 BOSTROM (Ducati L&M) 54,4 Edwards 48,5 Lavilla 45,Manufacturers:1 DUCATI 85,2 Aprilia 82,3 Honda 49,4 Kawasaki 47,5 Suzuki 36.
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