Michelin ñ SBK12 Assen (Holland)- 09/09/01
World Supersport championship round 10
World Superbike championship round 12
Bayliss is world champion
Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) scoops dramatic double victory at Assen, Holland to clinch World Superbike title as team-mate Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) comes of age to assist Bayliss with two runner-up places.
Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) won both races of Sundayís Dutch round of the World Superbike championship to clinch the world title with one round remaining.
Bayliss was followed home in both races by Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) after the Spaniard, starting from pole position, was in determined mood and proving the perfect team-mate. In the opening race Bayliss led at the end of lap 13 in the 16-lap encounter when a shower of rain forced organisers to red-flag the race, leaving the race result confirmed as of 13 laps.
Victory for Bayliss, his fifth of the year, tightened his grip on the world title as Xaus followed him home while Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) completed an all-Michelin rostrum, taking third place.
Pier-Francesco Chili took a lonely fourth with Neil Hodgson moving through from 15th place on the grid to take fifth, half a second in front of Troy Corser.
An almost repeat performance from Bayliss and Xaus in race two gave a repeat result of the opening race with Corser passing Chili on the last lap to take third place.
Hodgson was again fifth with Kawasakiís Akira Yanagawa sixth but 10th place for Edwards handed the 2001 world championship crown. Edwards gambled on a change in set-up of the front of his machine and could do little to prevent Bayliss lifting the title.
Paolo Casoli won a rain-affected World Supersport race, the original race stopped on the fourth lap and Casoli took the lead with three laps remaining and held on through a last lap shower of rain.
Second place for Andrew Pitt was enough to leave him as Casoliís nearest challenger in the championship while James Whitham improved on the last lap to snatch third place.