Superbike and Supersport Imola Results

Calvin Kim
by Calvin Kim
This years race at the San Marino circuit featured Michael Schumacher on the podium followed by teammate Rubens Bar-- oh wait, you guys probably want the Superbike coverage probably. Feh, go figure, motorcyclists wanting motorcycle racing information from an online motorcycle magazine.

From Honda Racing Press:



WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 13
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29 2002 IMOLA, ITALY

Weather: Dry, sunnyTemperature: 21 degreesAttendance: 97,000

TEXAS TORNADO EDWARDS STORMS TO WORLD TITLE

Castrol Honda's Colin Edwards completed an incredible comeback to win a second World Superbike championship title with a double victory in Sunday's 13th and final round at Imola in Italy.

Edwards did battle, in amazing fashion, with rival Troy Bayliss over two 21-lap races at the 3.04-mile circuit and the 28-year-old Texan completed an amazing turnaround in the 2002 championship.

Adding to the drama, 10 minutes prior to the first race, were spots of rain which luckily blew over and the scene was set for an epic showdown. Edwards, starting from pole position, rocketed into a two-second lead inthe opening 21-lap race only for the race to be stopped on the 12th lap due to oil on the circuit.

Edwards and Bayliss did battle in the re-start and Edwards eventually crossed the finish line behind his rival but close enough to ensure victory was his when the two aggregate times were added to together.

"That was pretty close," said Edwards. "It was difficult to know what to do at times. I knew I could let Troy through but then I couldn't afford him pulling away more than 0.7s. In the first part of the race I was comfortable running the times and holding the lead but then I saw the oil flags and I was held up at the chicane by a lapped rider so Troy closed in again."

Behind race runner-up Bayliss came Spaniard Ruben Xaus while fourth-placed Neil Hodgson finished fourth after crashing on the oil in the original race. Aprilia's Noriyuki Haga took fifth after being edged out of fourth by Hodgson in the closing stages.

Edwards led the championship by six points before the second race, knowing a second place finish would the secure the title. But Edwards was intent on ending the season with nine straight wins and one of the best races of the year developed.

SP-2 rider Edwards took the lead on the penultimate lap from Bayliss but the hard-riding Australian hit back on the last lap, only for Edwards to force his way through to secure the 31st victory of his career and theworld title.

"What a day," said Edwards. "On paper the two race wins were ours but the job's still got to be done. My team has done a fantastic job, especially today when we needed it most. I knew what Troy's game was when he got infront and tried to slow the pace so Ruben could catch up. I had no choice but to get back in front and decide the championship that way."

"Troy's been really good about it, a great guy and he's given it everything today when he knew we were in better shape. It's great that it's all over, there's nothing else left but to party!"

Xaus again took third while Haga endured another race-long battle with Hodgson for fourth, this time with the Japanese rider coming out on top.

SUPERBIKE

Race 1 : (Laps 21 = 103,593 km)
Pos/Rider/Nat./Team/Time/Gap
1/Colin Edwards/USA/Castrol Honda/38'17.324
2/Troy Bayliss/AUS/Ducati Infostrada/38'17.838/0.514
3/Ruben Xaus/ESP/Ducati Infostrada/38'25.975/8.651
4/Neil Hodgson/GBR/HM Plant Ducati/38'37.719/20.395
5/Noriyuki Haga/JPN/Playstation2-FGF Aprilia/38'38.137/20.813
6/James Toseland/GBR/HM Plant Ducati/38'54.814/37.490
7/Pierfrancesco Chili/ITA/Ducati NCR Axo/38'58.724/41.400
8/Gregorio Lavilla/ESP/Alstare Suzuki Corona/39'00.125/42.801
9/Broc Parkes/AUS/Ducati NCR Parmalat/39'00.320/42.996
10/Ben Bostrom/USA/Ducati L & M/39'06.705/49.381
11/Chris Walker/GBR/Kawasaki Racing/39'10.780/53.456
12/Alessandro Antonello/ITA/DFX Racing Ducati Pirelli/39'19.875/1'02.551
13/Steve Martin/AUS/DFX Racing Ducati Pirelli/39'22.286/1'04.962
14/Lucio Pedercini/ITA/Pedercini/39'22.797/1'05.473
15/Hitoyasu Izutsu/JPN/Kawasaki Racing/39'26.191/1'08.867
Fastest Lap: 17/Colin Edwards - 1m48.717-163,349 Km/h

Race 2 : (Laps 21 = 103,593 km)
Pos/Rider/Nat./Team/Time/Gap1/Colin Edwards/USA/Castrol Honda/38'13.128
2/Troy Bayliss/AUS/Ducati Infostrada/38'14.108/0.980
3/Ruben Xaus/ESP/Ducati Infostrada/38'19.311/6.183
4/Noriyuki Haga/JPN/Playstation2-FGF Aprilia/38'34.775/21.647
5/Neil Hodgson/GBR/HM Plant Ducati/38'40.531/27.403
6/James Toseland/GBR/HM Plant Ducati/38'47.315/34.187
7/Gregorio Lavilla/ESP/Alstare Suzuki Corona/38'54.737/41.609
8/Broc Parkes/AUS/Ducati NCR Parmalat/38'54.947/41.819
9/Ben Bostrom/USA/Ducati L & M/39'02.514/49.386
10/Hitoyasu Izutsu/JPN/Kawasaki Racing/39'04.351/51.223
11/Juan Bautista Borja/ESP/Spaziotel Racing/39'04.546/51.418
12/Chris Walker/GBR/Kawasaki Racing/39'36.342/1'23.214
13/Lucio Pedercini/ITA/Pedercini/39'39.908/1'26.780
14/Steve Martin/AUS/DFX Racing Ducati Pirelli/39'52.377/1'39.249
15/Mauro Sanchini/ITA/Kawasaki Bertocchi/39'59.777/1'46.649
Fastest Lap: 13/Troy Bayliss - 1m48.389 - 163,843 Km/h

Riders Championship Standings:

1 EDWARDS 552
2 BAYLISS 541
3 HODGSON 326
4 HAGA 278
5 BOSTROM 261
6 XAUS 249
7 TOSELAND 195
8 CHILI 167
9 WALKER 152
10 LAVILLA 130
11 PARKES 77
12 BORJA 74
13 PEDERCINI 71
14 IZUTSU 62
15 BORCIANI 55

Manufacturers Standings:
1 DUCATI 575
2 HONDA 557
3 APRILIA 278
4 KAWASAKI 208
5 SUZUKI 147
6 BENELLI 23
7 YAMAHA 16

WORLD SUPERSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 12
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29 2002 IMOLA, ITALY

Honda's Fabien Foret won the World Supersport title at Imola in Italy on Sunday after taking a calculated fifth place on his CBR600 in a race won by Katsuaki Fujiwara.

Fujiwara won the 12th and final round of the year but it was Frenchman Foret second for much of the race who dropped back to fifth to secure his first world title and a first for his Dutch Ten Kate Honda team.

New world champion Foret commented: "I've won races this year without putting as much thought in as I did into today's race. Katsuaki knew he had to win and he did that, I knew I could afford eighth place so I did what Ihad to do."

He added: "To win the world championship is fantastic. We've worked so hard for this all year and I'm just so please for Gerrit and the Ten Kate team that we have finally done it."

SUPERSPORT:
Race : (Laps 21 = 103,593 km)Pos/Rider/Nat./Team/Time/Gap
1/Katsuaki Fujiwara/JPN/Alstare Suzuki Corona/21/40'15.186
2/Stéphane Chambon/FRA/Alstare Suzuki Corona/21/40'18.847/3.661
3/Chris Vermeulen/AUS/Van-zon-Honda-T.K.R./21/40'19.746/4.560
4/Fabien Foret/FRA/Ten Kate Honda/21/40'24.336/9.150
5/Jörg Teuchert/GER/Yamaha Motor Germany/21/40'26.036/10.850
6/Antonio Carlacci/ITA/Lorenzini by Leoni/21/40'33.051/17.865
7/Iain MacPherson/GBR/Ten Kate Honda/21/40'40.547/25.361
8/Stefano Cruciani/ITA/T. Italia Lorenzini by Leoni/21/40'55.509/40.323
9/Christophe Cogan/FRA/BKM Honda Racing/21/40'56.252/41.066
10/Robert Frost/GBR/Saveko Racing/21/40'58.685/43.499
11/James Ellison/GBR/Kawasaki Racing/21/40'59.865/44.679
12/Robert Ulm/AUT/OPCM Racing/21/41'02.309/47.123
13/Matthieu Lagrive/FRA/Saveko Racing/21/41'03.918/48.732
14/Paul Young/GBR/Van-zon-Honda-T.K.R./21/41'04.897/49.711
15/Michael Laverty/GBR/Honda UK Race/21/41'17.403/1'02.217
Fastest Lap: 16/Chris Vermeulen - 1m54.064 - 155,692 Km/h

Riders Championship Standings:
1 FORET 186
2 FUJIWARA 181
3 CHAMBON 162
4 CASOLI 128
5 PITT 126
6 KELLNER 94
7 VERMEULEN 90
8 TEUCHERT 90
9 MACPHERSON 83
10 WHITHAM 80
11 CURTAIN 56
12 CORRADI 56
13 BONTEMPI 51
14 MUGGERIDGE 43
15 COGAN 34

Manufacturers Standings:
1 SUZUKI 229
2 HONDA 209
3 YAMAHA 192
4 KAWASAKI 134
5 DUCATI 61

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