World Superbike Championship, Race Two

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by Glenn le santo
World Superbike ChampionshipMonza, ItalyRace Two Report

Two in one for Bayliss

Australian Troy Bayliss had a perfect weekend at Monza, Italy. Riding for the Italian Ducati factory in front of 90,000 fanatical fans Bayliss clinched both race wins. His double victory came with an added bonus, he took a 28 point lead in the title after his Australian rival Troy Corser had two DNF’s. The wins were particularly welcome after the Infostrada Ducati’s miserable weekend in Sugo in April, where Bayliss only scored four points.

The race looked ready to shape up to a repeat of the first race when Edwards and Bayliss broke away from the pack in the middle of the race. But this time Bayliss was able to build up a small but useful advantage over the Texan to win by over three seconds. After the race Edwards admitted that Ducati had the best machine on the day, “Ducati’s package was just a little bit better than ours today,” commented Edwards. “I don’t want to take anything away from Troy though, he’s ridden two unbelievable races.”

Troy Bayliss was obviously pleased with his performance, “I’ve had a great weekend,” said Bayliss. “I’ve waited a while for this win and to get two in one day is great. I was worried about the tyres, but they weren’t get too bad and toward the end of the race I was able to get my head down and make a break.”

Akira Yanagawa took the last step on the podium with another third place ride from the weekend. “It was very hard in the second race,” said the exhausted Kawasaki teamster. “My bike didn’t want to steer, it wanted to go outside at every turn, so I had to fight the bike all the way through the race.”

Ben Bostrom, who fell in race one, didn’t start in the second race due to an injury to his knee. Tady Okada, who crashed his Honda in race one, made it home in fourth, although he had to fight for the position with a determined Ruben Xaus and Francesco Chili. Troy Corser retired from the race citing tyre trouble, there were reports that his tyre was spinning on the rim - but these have not yet been confirmed.

World Superbike ChampionshipMonza, ItalyRace Two Result1 Troy Bayliss (Ducati) 32m 57.108s,2 Colin Edwards (Honda) 33m 00.418s,3 Akira Yanagawa (Kawasaki) 33m 05.482s,4 Tady Okada, Japan (Honda) 33m 05.705s,5 Pier-Francesco Chili, Italy (Suzuki) 33m 06.294s,6 Ruben Xaus, Spain (Ducati) 33m 15.430s,7 Neil Hodgson, GB (Ducati) 33m 16.698s,8 Regis Laconi (Aprilia) 33m 17.439s,9 Stephane Chambon (Suzuki) 33m 31.623s,10 Alex Gramigni, Italy (Yamaha) 33m 40.497s.World Superbike points after five of 13 rounds:1 Bayliss 150,2 Troy Corser122,3 Edwards 120,4 Yanagawa 79,= 5 Ben Bostrom and Chili 747 Lavilla 68,8 Hodgson 58,9 Laconi 54,=10 Makoto Tamada and Chambon 50.Manufacturers:1 Ducati 173,2 Honda 164,3 Aprilia 141,4 Kawasaki 128,5 Suzuki 86,6 Yamaha 20.Next round: Donington Park, GB - May 27
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