Imola: Team Alstare Engineering race report

DISAPPOINTMENT FOR MAX! It was a disappointing Imola for Team Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Max Neukirchner, who left the Italian circuit with no points after two DNFs. A crash on the opening lap of race one, which resulted in his bike...

DISAPPOINTMENT FOR MAX!

It was a disappointing Imola for Team Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Max Neukirchner, who left the Italian circuit with no points after two DNFs. A crash on the opening lap of race one, which resulted in his bike taking out Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra's Yukio Kagayama, was followed by a tumble after twelve laps of race two.

The first race was won by Alex Barros (Honda), with James Toseland (Honda) second and Andrew Pitt (Yamaha) third. Pitt led the early stages of the race before being passed by Bayliss (Ducati), Toseland, Haga (Yamaha) and Barros - all on the same lap. Barros charged to the front on lap twelve and from then on in was never headed on his way to his first ever WSBK win. Bayliss finished fifth and that was enough to take the 2006 title.

In race two, Bayliss took the win he and the huge partisan crowd wanted so much - with Barros runner-up and Kagayama third.

MAX

I am very disappointed today, especially after such a good Superpole. I do not know what happened in the first crash, because I braked at the same point I had used through qualifying , but this time I just crashed! Unfortunately my bike took out my fellow Alstare rider Kagayama and I'm sorry about that.

My second race was a slow-speed crash at Tosa. This time I just lost the front and down I went. It's not a good feeling to have two crashes on the same day and the only good news, if there is some, is that I didn't hurt myself. On a positive note, every time I get on the bike, I learn some more, so I hope I'll be able to learn a lot more at Magny-Cours next weekend.

-credit: team alstare engineering

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Andrew Pitt , Alex Barros , James Toseland , Yukio Kagayama , Max Neukirchner