Double win for rampant Bayliss at Monza

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) proves unstoppable as he takes victory in both races of Sunday's World Superbike championship fifth round at Monza in Italy while world champion Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) hands a 1-2 in...

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) proves unstoppable as he takes victory in both races of Sunday's World Superbike championship fifth round at Monza in Italy while world champion Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) hands a 1-2 in both races to Michelin.

Superbike
Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) was in rampant mood as he scored wins in both races of Sunday's World Superbike championship fifth round at the Monza circuit in Italy. The 32-year-old Australian sent 90,000 Italian fans home happy as he took Ducati to a double success - the first of his career.

Bayliss - starting from pole position - took the third win of his World Superbike career in dramatic fashion as he passed Edwards on the final lap in the 18-lap battle. The pair shared the lead before Bayliss made his move under braking into the fast, right-hand Parabolica corner.

Edwards attempted to defend his lead but had to be content with second place to give Michelin a welcome 1-2 finish. Akira Yanagawa (Kawasaki) snatched third from team-mate Gregorio Lavilla, by just 0.064s with Regis Laconi (Aprilia) shadowing Yanagawa and Lavilla across the finish line for fifth.

A host of leading factory riders crashed out of the race, including; Troy Corser, Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin), Tady Okada (Castrol Honda - Michelin), Pier-Francesco Chili and Ben Bostrom.

Bayliss and Edwards did battle again in the second race but this time Bayliss took the lead with four laps to go and was able to open up an advantage, eventually crossing the line 3.3 seconds ahead of his Honda rival.

Yanagawa got ahead of Okada on the 17th lap and held on to third while Okada made up for his first race crash with fourth, holding off the close attentions of Chili at the chequered flag. Xaus rode a calculated race to take sixth place.

The double victory for Bayliss gives him a 28-point lead in the championship over Corser while Edwards has closed the gap to Corser - a second race retirement - to just two points as the series heads for Donington Park in two weeks' time.

Supersport
James Whitham won a pulsating fourth round of the World Supersport championship at Monza. With the machines equally matched no rider was able to make a break and Whitham took full advantage in the 170mph slipstreaming affair.

His Yamaha team-mate Paolo Casoli took the lead in the final corner, only to run wide and allow Whitham back through for his first win of the year and to collect his first points of the year after three non finishes.

Casoli held on for second place with Suzuki's Karl Muggeridge third. The Kawasaki pairing of Andrew Pitt and Iain MacPherson made their way steadily to the front of the field in the 16-lap affair to take fourth and fifth places respectively, ahead of defending champion Jorg Teuchert.

Vittoriano Guareschi (Dienza Ducati Racing - Michelin Pilot) had to be content with seventh place after starting the race from pole position. Casoli's runner-up place was enough to give him the lead of the championship, by eight points from Pitt with Honda's Pere Riba - a lap six retirement in the Monza race - one point behind Pitt.

-Michelin

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Colin Edwards , Gregorio Lavilla , Ruben Xaus , Troy Corser , Iain MacPherson , Jorg Teuchert , Pere Riba , Karl Muggeridge , James Whitham , Vittoriano Guareschi , Akira Yanagawa , Laconi Régis