Misano Adriatico (Italy), Sunday 25 June:


Troy Bayliss extended his unbeaten run to eight at Misano Adriatico as the first race saw the Ducati Xerox Team rider take a superb win from seventh on the grid. With clinical efficiency Bayliss picked off the six riders ahead of him on the track one by one to take the lead on lap 11 and power to the 25 points. The second race of the day could have produced a similar result until Bayliss slid onto the grass on lap 17 while challenging for second place and then remounted to finish twelfth as Andrew Pitt (Yamaha) headed for his maiden WSBK win. With championship contender Troy Corser (Suzuki) crashing out twice, Bayliss now has a 94 point lead over Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) as the World Superbike Championship enters the second half of the season.



“We are all very happy with the result but a dampener has been put on things because the Team’s warehouse guy Lorenzo Ghiselli lost his life in a road accident on Friday night so I’d like to dedicate this win to “Lollo” who will be sadly missed by everybody” declared Troy after race 1. “To be honest I really wanted to win the second race and after a mixed start it took me a long while to get into the rhythm. Then finally when I caught the guys the bike just didn’t feel as good as in the first race at the front and I stepped over the edge a bit. Maybe I should have settled for third, but I’m a racer and I wanted to keep the winning streak going. Now it’s broken but we increased our points lead from 76 to 94 so I’m happy for everyone and now we move on”.

Lorenzo Lanzi had a difficult race 1 to finish seventh after starting from eighth on the grid. The result was the same in race two, seventh place, but the Italian’s performance was much improved as he put in a surge on the final lap to pass Toseland. “It was a great battle with James, but I really wanted to finish ahead of Fabrizio as I was constantly quicker than him” commented Lorenzo. “The last few laps I was one of the fastest guys out there but I got bogged down a bit because the bike wasn’t quite right in certain parts of the track. I really have to get better starts because I know I can stay up there with the guys in front as I proved last year. But I’ve got a great team around me; hopefully we can improve as quickly as possible because I want to get back to winning again”.

“Pity, Troy was going very well and the crash happened when he wasn’t pushing that hard” declared Ducati Corse Director General Filippo Preziosi. “With his race 1 win he demonstrated to be the best rider out there and for this we are very proud of him and what he is doing in the championship. Lorenzo also contributed to the good result because he managed to pass Toseland on the last lap and take points away from a tough rival so a big thanks to him as well”.

RACE 1: 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox); 2. Toseland (Honda); 3. Kagayama (Suzuki); 4. Barros (Honda); 5. Haga (Yamaha); 6. Laconi (Kawasaki); 7. Lanzi (Ducati Xerox); etc. RACE 2: 1. Pitt (Yamaha); 2. Barros; 3. Haga; 4. Walker (Kawasaki); 5. Kagayama; 6. Fabrizio (Honda); 7. Lanzi; etc.

POINTS: Riders – 1. Bayliss 254; 2. Haga 160; 3. Toseland 157; 4. Corser 149; 5. Barros 146; 6. Pitt 128; 7. Lanzi 80; etc. Manufacturers – 1. Ducati 260; 2. Honda 196; 3. Yamaha 189; 4. Suzuki 188; 5. Kawasaki 98; 6. Petronas 4.




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