Assen Superbike Results

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Results World Superbike-Supersport, Assen , The Netherlands


Weather: Dry, sunny
Temperature: 26 degrees
Attendance: 78,000


Honda's on-form Colin Edwards won both races of Sunday's 12th round of theWorld Superbike championship at Assen in Holland on a dramatic day at thefamous venue.

The double win is Edwards' record-breaking sixth and seventh wins insuccession, also gaving the battling Texan a one-point lead in thechampionship after rival Troy Bayliss crashed out of the second race of theday.

Edwards won pole position in exciting fashion on Saturday running wide inthe final chicane and through the gravel trap on his Superpole lap - andSunday's action continued to be dramatic at the Dutch event.

He took victory in the opening race after being fourth on the first lap,passing Bayliss and Noriyuki Haga by the end of the lap. Edwards took thelead on lap two from Neil Hodgson and the Texan eased into a six-secondlead by the halfway point in the 16-lap affair.

Bayliss battled from fourth and took the runner-up position with five lapsto go, crossing the finish line 3.6s behind SP-2 rider Edwards. Aprilia'sHaga took his seventh podium finish of the year with third place.

Edwards said: "I always felt I could win but that opening lap was a littlebit tougher than I would have liked. I knew that once I was in front Icould make the break and I was always kept in touch with Troy'sprogress in fact I had just about every detail except the lunch menu on mypit signal board!"

He added: "I couldn't fault the machine at all, it ran perfect and despitea bit of trouble with tire selection yesterday Michelin came up with thegoods."

Ducati's Ruben Xaus was a lonely fourth after holding second place untilthe sixth lap. Pier-Francesco Chili edged out youngster James Toseland forfifth place.

Edwards kept his championship chances on course with a start to finishvictory in race two as the drama unfolded behind him on the biggest day yetof the 2002 championship.

Bayliss made an attempt to pass Hodgson for second place at the finalchicane on the third lap but ran wide and into the gravel trap, retuning tothe track in fifth place.

The championship took another twist as Haga ran into the back of Hodgson onthe ninth lap and the pair ran off the track handing Bayliss third placebehind Edwards and Chili.

Then, a handful of corners later, Bayliss crashed out of the race at theslow, left-hand hairpin. That left Chili in a comfortable second place andpromoted Ducati youngster James Toseland to third, his first ever podiumfinish in the World Superbike championship.

Edwards victory, the 29th of his career, gave him a one-point championshiplead with one round, at Imola in Italy on September 29 remaining.

"I wanted to win both races today like I've never wanted wins," admittedEdwards. "We didn't have the best two days of qualifying we've ever had butit all came together sweet in the races. When I got the signal to say Troy(Bayliss) was out of the race I just got my head down and concentrated onthe checkered flag. Troy's been riding really well this year but at themoment I think I'm riding that little bit better."

Edwards concluded: "I suppose you could never have predicted what'shappened today but it's made for a great finale at Imola in three weeks andI can't wait, I wish it was tomorrow."

Hodgson returned to the circuit to take fourth place while Ben Bostromimproved on his first race eighth place to take fifth with Haga alsoretuning to the circuit for a sixth-placed finish.

Honda's spectacular Fabien Foret won an incident-packed race in round 11 ofthe World Supersport championship at Assen to take a 17-point lead into thefinal round at Imola in three weeks.

Frenchman Foret rode a calculated race for his fourth victory of the year,in a race stopped on the 12th of the scheduled 16 laps due to a multiplecrash at the final chicane.

Christian Kellner's Yamaha engine broke and the German left a trail of oilon the circuit, consequently causing five riders to crash. All six ridersescaped serious injury but one of the marshals suffered a broken leg.

Foret now needs eighth place in the final race in Italy to secure the worldtitle for his Ten Kate Honda team, he commented: "It's going to be a verynervous final round but I'm confident of a strong finish at Imola. I'll gothere to win but if I have to take eighth place I'll take it."

Foret also led a Ten Kate 1-2 as the CBR600-powered Dutch team cheered IainMacPherson across the finish line in second place at their home round.

"I was a bit battered and bruised after a crash but I really felt there wasa good chance for me to get on the podium today so I tried my hardest onceI was running with the front group," said MacPherson.

Last week's German race winner Paolo Casoli completed the podium in thirdplace with hard-charging Australian Kevin Curtain fourth. Foret's nearestchallenger in the title chase, Katsuaki Fujiwara, took fifth with Honda'sKarl Muggeridge sixth.

Results Superbike-Supersport

SUPERBIKE - Results RACE 1Laps 16 = 96,432 km - Avg. 175,455 km/hPos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Time /Gap1/Colin Edwards/USA/Castrol Honda/32'58.601/2/ Troy Bayliss/AUS/Ducati Infostrada/33'02.207/3.6063/ Noriyuki Haga/JPN/Playstation2-FGF Aprilia/33'03.952/5.3514/ Ruben Xaus/ESP/Ducati Infostrada/33'06.342/7.7415/ Pier-Francesco Chili/ ITA/Ducati NCR Axo/33'14.863/16.2626/ James Toseland/GBR/HM Plant Ducati/33'18.193/19.5927/ Gregorio Lavilla/ESP/Alstare Suzuki Corona/33'20.483/21.8828/ Ben Bostrom/USA/Ducati L & M/33'20.767/22.1669/ Broc Parkes/AUS/Ducati NCR Parmalat/33'35.075/36.47410/Juan Borja/ESP/Spaziotel Racing/33'42.728/44.12711/ Marco BORCIANI/ITA/Pedercini/33'45.237/46.63612/ Peter GODDARD /AUS/Benelli Sport/34'03.117/1'04.51613/ Mauro SANCHINI/ITA/Kawasaki Bertocchi/34'03.637/1'05.03614/ Serafino FOTI/ITA/Pedercini/34'37.457/1'38.85615/ VIDAL J./ESP/White Endurance/34'49.714/1'51.113Fastest Lap 5 Colin Edwards 2'02.395 177,272 Km/hSUPERBIKE - Results RACE 2Laps 16 = 96,432 km - Avg. 175,341 km/hPos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Time /Gap1/ Colin Edwards/USA/Castrol Honda/32'59.881/2/ Pier-Francesco Chili/ITA/Ducati NCR Axo/33'07.387/7.5063/ James Toseland/GBR/HM Plant Ducati/33'10.923/11.0424/ Neil HODGSON/GBR/HM Plant Ducati/33'17.971/18.0905/ Ben Bostrom./USA/Ducati L & M/33'23.576/23.6956/ Noriyuki Haga/JPN/Playstation2-FGF Aprilia/33'24.137/24.2567/ Chris Walker/GBR/Kawasaki Racing/33'25.767/25.8868/ Broc PARKES/AUS/Ducati NCR Parmalat/33'41.065/41.1849/ Marco BORCIANI/ITA/Pedercini/33'49.938/50.05710/ Lucio PEDERCINI/ITA/Pedercini/33'55.935/56.05411/ Peter GODDARD/AUS/Benelli Sport/33'57.973/58.09212/ Mauro SANCHINI/ITA/Kawasaki Bertocchi/34'02.215/1'02.33413/ Alessandro ANTONELLO/ITA/DFX Racing Ducati Pirelli/34'04.849/1'04.96814/ Ivan CLEMENTI/ITA/Kawasaki Bertocchi/34'05.363/1'05.48215/ Mark HECKLES /GBR/Castrol Honda Rumi/34'13.405/1'13.524Fastest Lap 2 Ruben Xaus 2'02.502 177,117 Km/h/Riders Championship Standings:1 EDWARDS 502, 2 BAYLISS 501, 3 HODGSON 302, 4 HAGA 254, 5 BOSTROM 248,6 XAUS 217, 7 TOSELAND 175, 8 CHILI 158, 9 WALKER 143, 10 LAVILLA 113,11 BORJA 69, 12 PEDERCINI 66, 13 PARKES 62, 14 IZUTSU 55, 15 BORCIANI 55.Manufacturers standings:1 DUCATI 535, 2 HONDA 507, 3 APRILIA 254, 4 KAWASAKI 197, 5 SUZUKI 130,6 BENELLI 23, 7 YAMAHA 16.SUPERSPORT - ResultsLaps 11 = 66,297 km - Avg. 168,380 km/hPos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Time /Gap1/ Fabien FORET /FRA/Ten Kate Honda/23'37.444/2/ Iain MACPHERSON /GBR/Ten Kate Honda/23'37.850/0.4063/ Paolo CASOLI /ITA/Yamaha Belgarda/23'37.853/0.4094/ Kevin CURTAIN /AUS/OPCM Racing/23'39.211/1.7675/ Katsuaki FUJIWARA /JPN/Alstare Suzuki Corona/23'41.421/3.9776/ Karl MUGGERIDGE /AUS/Honda UK Race/23'47.141/9.6977/ James WHITHAM /GBR/Yamaha Belgarda/23'47.681/10.2378/ Jorge TEUCHERT /GER/Yamaha Motor Germany/23'48.097/10.6539/ Stephane CHAMBON /FRA/Alstare Suzuki Corona/23'48.164/10.72010/ Christian KELLNER /GER/Yamaha Motor Germany/23'48.661/11.21711/ Christophe COGAN /FRA/BKM Honda Racing/23'50.551/13.10712/ Robert ULM /AUT/OPCM Racing/23'53.231/15.78713/ Piergiorgio BONTEMPI /ITA/Ducati NCR Nortel Net./23'54.976/17.53214/ Alessio CORRADI /ITA/Team Italia Spadaro/23'59.790/22.34615/ Werner DAEMEN /BEL/Van-zon-Honda-T.K.R./23'59.997/22.553Fastest Lap 4 Fabien Foret 2'07.497 170,178 Km/hRiders Championship Standings:1 FORET 173, 2 FUJIWARA 156, 3 CHAMBON 142, 4 CASOLI 128, 5 PITT 126,6 KELLNER 94, 7 WHITHAM 80, 8 TEUCHERT 79, 9 MACPHERSON 74,10 VERMEULEN 74, 11 CURTAIN 56, 12 CORRADI 56, 13 BONTEMPI 51,14 MUGGERIDGE 43, 15 DAEMEN 29.
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