World Superbike Race One

Glenn le santo
by Glenn le santo
The first Superbike race of the day was a cracker. There was a huge battle for the lead between two riders. Read on for more...

Bayliss wins Superbike thriller

Two Ducatis battled it out under the hot sun in San Marino, on Italy?s Adriatic coast in a thrilling Superbike race this afternoon. Ben Bostrom led the race almost from the first corner and put on a stunning display of stylish riding, lifting the back wheel and waving it in the air going into corners. But Troy Bayliss, riding for Infostrada Ducati, caught and passed Bostrom on the L&M Ducati lighting the fuse for an explosive last few laps that saw the pair swap places in a frantic fight for the win. In the end Bayliss won the battle, but only by a whisker, and Bostrom will be back for more in the second race.

Gregorio Lavilla, the popular Spaniard who rides for Fuchs Kawasaki, battled through the pack to claim third place. ?I have a new helmet design,? smiled Lavilla pointing to his new gold crash helmet, ?we call it the Goldfinger helmet. I don?t know if it brought me luck to help me get my second podium of the year, but I?m not going to change it now for the rest of the season.?

Ben Bostrom was happy with his race, although you could see by the way he rode that he would rather have won. ?It was a great race, and a lot of fun. And that?s what racing is really about,? said the American after the race.

Troy Bayliss now stretches his lead even further, as both rivals Edwards and Corser slipped back off the podium as the race wore on. ?Ben rode really hard,? said Bayliss, ?he lead for almost all the race, I had it a little easier and relaxed a little and followed him. But I knew that I would have to work for the win and had to go really for it at the end.?

Provisional Results:1 Troy Bayliss, Australia (Ducati) 40m 23.410s2 Ben Bostrom, USA (Ducati) 40m 23.892s3 Gregorio Lavilla, Spain (Kawasaki) 40m 31.782s4 Colin Edwards, USA (Honda) 40m 34.796s5 Akira Yanagawa, Japan (Kawasaki) 40m 39.613s6 Neil Hodgson, GB (Ducati) 40m 39.7447 Troy Corser, Australia (Aprilia) 40m 39.747s8 Alessandro Antonello, Italy (Aprilia) 40m 44.155s9 Tady Okada, Japan (Honda) 40m 49.459s10 Ruben Xaus, Spain (Ducati) 40m 57.514s. The official times for the Superbike race have been delayed. The timekeepers have refused to release them but have not given a reason for the delay.
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