Brands Hatch: Michelin race report

Edwards finds form to scoop Brands Hatch double. Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) rockets to double victory at Brands Hatch as World Superbike championship title chase hots up after Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) bounces...

Edwards finds form to scoop Brands Hatch double.

Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) rockets to double victory at Brands Hatch as World Superbike championship title chase hots up after Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) bounces back from practice crash to finish on podium in both races.

Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) was in dominant mood as he powered to victory in both races of Sunday's 10th round of the World Superbike championship at Brands Hatch, GB.

Edwards took three laps of the opening 25-lap race to take the lead, from Ducati's Neil Hodgson, and the American powered away to secure his fourth win of the year.

Hodgson fought, successfully, to hold off the battling Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) who completed the first race podium in third.

Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) fought through from 14th place on the grid to take fifth, narrowly avoiding a crash after he and fourth-placed Noriyuki Haga clashed in the final corner.

Edwards completed the fifth double victory of his career after taking the lead from Hodgson on the fourth lap then opening up a four-second lead, eventually finishing 2.3s ahead of Bayliss, with Hodgson third.

Edwards said: "I really felt like the double was on today. The machine's been good since we rolled it out of the truck on Thursday. We hardly changed a setting and Michelin came up with the goods again."

Bayliss and Hodgson changed places regularly in the second half of the race but the hard-riding Bayliss always looked favourite to come out on top.

"After yesterday's crash I just wanted to get whatever points I could today," said Bayliss. "I knew it would be tough but I'm through it now and we've a good break to the next round in Germany for me to recover."

Edwards, the 2000 world champion, reduced the gap to series leader Troy Bayliss to 39 points with three rounds, six races remaining. He also extended a record-breaking run of successive podium finishes to 19.

Ben Bostrom improved on a first race seventh place to finish fourth while Haga once again pipped Xaus, this time in a spectacular, race-long battle for fifth place.

-michelin-

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