Corser wins World Superbike title after rain cancellation

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Corser wins World Superbike title after rain cancellation

Troy Corser clinched the 2005 World Superbike championship today under somewhat unusual circumstances -- the Australian took the title after a torrential downpour caused the cancellation of the second race of the Imola round. Troy ...

Troy Corser clinched the 2005 World Superbike championship today under somewhat unusual circumstances -- the Australian took the title after a torrential downpour caused the cancellation of the second race of the Imola round.

Troy Corser.
Photo by Dave Dyer.
It's great to be World Champion, but it didn't happen the way I wanted," Corser reflected. "But the organizers definitely made the right decision by cancelling the second race because the conditions were diabolical. It was unbelievably dangerous out there as there was so much standing water on the track and, if we had raced, I'm sure there would've been a lot of crashes for sure."

Corser, riding an Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki, had lost the first race of the weekend to his archrival Chris Vermeulen in a hard-fought battle, but still led the championship chase by 409 points to 354 before the second race.

Once it became apparent that the rain would not let up, the organizers made the decision to cancel the race, handing the title to Corser, given that there are only 50 points in the offing for a race weekend, thus eliminating even a mathematical chance for Vermeulen.

So Corser took his second title, following up on the 1996 title he won with Suzuki. This year's championship was even more dominant, with eight wins and 18 podium finishes in 21 races -- a model of consistency.

His young countryman, Vermeulen, was the only one to put up a consistent fight this year, having taken his Winston Ten Kate Honda to five victories and 13 podiums during the year.

The season now closes with the planned season finale, at Circuit Magny-Cours, in one week's time.

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