WSB: PHILLIP ISLAND RESULTS

Ducati’s Troy Bayliss garnered his first victory of the season and Troy Corser his second as the duo split another wild pair of races at Phillip Island. The two Troys were joined of the podium both times by James Toseland and Alex Barros (yes, Alex Barros), with the Honda tandem each snaring a second and third apiece.

The second battle of the WSB Trojan War went in the favor of Bayliss who ends the day at Phillip Island with a slim 1-point lead over Toseland for first place in the standings. Although Corser managed to add 25 points with his victory in Race 1, the reigning World Champion faltered in Race 2 with a DNF. As a result, the Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki ace remains third in the standings, but the gap to Bayliss has widened from 2 to twelve.

Although unable to claim a victory, the two double podiums was a remarkable performance for Honda and in particular for Barros. The Brazilian was less than a second off Corser in Race 1, perhaps the wiley MotoGP refugee will find a second wind in the WSB ranks. Barros now sits fourth in the points standings. Also impressive was Toseland. The Winston Ten Kate rider is driven to reclaim the title of World Champion. Consistent visits to the podium will help in that effort.

Haga had a solid performance, although no podiums. The Yamaha rider finished both races in fourth and sits sixth in the standings. Last weeks hard luck rider, Yukio Kagayama ended with a 12-6 finish. A better day for Kagayama than Losail’s disastrous double DNF.

And while we’re on the topic of them, much like last week, the action at Phillip Island was laden with a rash of DNFs. Notable non-finishers include of course Corser in Race 2, as well as Karl Muggeridge, who claimed a pair of DNFs. Also on the dirty end of the stick was Lorenzo Lanzi who finishing 11th in Race 1 but got a, you guessed it, DNF in Race 2.

Race 1 Results:
1. Corser
2. Barros
3. Toseland
4. Haga
5. Rolfo
6. Bayliss
7. Xaus
8. Nieto
9. Pitt
10. WalkerRace 2 Results:
1. Bayliss
2. Toseland
3. Barros
4. Haga
5. Pitt
6. Kagayama
7. Rolfo
8. Xaus
9. Nieto
10. Walker

Overall WSB Point Standings:
1. Bayliss  75
2. Toseland 74
3. Corser 63
4. Barros 55
5. Pitt 45

 

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