Colin Edwards Looks to Laguna

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
The demanding Laguna Seca circuit plays host to the ninth round of theWorld Superbike on Sunday with Castrol Honda's Colin Edwards looking forhis third race win of the season.Edwards is bidding to win both races as he looks to use the advantage ofhis home circuit to reduce the points deficit to series leader Troy Bayliss.

"I think I can make the home round advantage count," says Edwards. "LagunaSeca is one circuit where I should be able to beat Troy. A lot will dependon how the new Michelin tires take to the Laguna track but it's been so farso good with tires at every circuit we've been to this year..."

Former champion Edwards and defending champion Bayliss have made the seriestheir own in 2002 and only Honda wild card rider Makoto Tamada has beenable to break the pair's stranglehold on race wins.

Edwards, now 117 points ahead of third-placed Neil Hodgson, is also settingrecords with 15 consecutive podium finishes so far this year.

"I'm not too bothered about records," Edwards admits. "I'd rather get 20points back on Troy and give him a real fight to the end of the season.Honda's working hard back in Japan so neither Honda or Colin Edwards hasgiven up on this year's title."

Laguna Seca data:Superbike:2001 Qualifying: Ben Bostrom (Ducati) 1m 25.248s2001 Superpole: Ben Bostrom (Ducati) 1m 25.705s2001 winner: Ben Bostrom (Ducati) x 2Lap record: Troy Corser (Aprilia) 1m 26.144s (July 2001)World Superbike championship points after eight of 13 rounds:1 Troy Bayliss, Australia (Ducati) 360,2 Colin Edwards, USA (Castrol Honda) 311,3 Neil Hodgson, GB (Ducati) 194,4 Noriyuki Haga, Japan (Aprilia) 182,5 Ben Bostrom, USA (Ducati) 165,6 Ruben Xaus, Spain (Ducati) 152,7 James Toseland, GB (Ducati) 107,8 Chris Walker, GB (Kawasaki) 97,9 Gregorio Lavilla, Spain (Suzuki) 84,10 Pier-Francesco Chili, Italy (Ducati) 77Manufacturers points:1 Ducati 370,2 Honda 316,3 Aprilia 182,4 Kawasaki 134,5 Suzuki 84,6 Yamaha 16,7 Benelli 8.
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