Bayliss unstoppable as Michelin duo rule at Misano
Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) continues World Superbike rampage with double win at San Marino round as closest title rival Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) takes double runner-up finishes to guarantee Michelin 1-2 in both races.
Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) won both races of Sunday¹s eighth round of the World Superbike championship round with a destructive display at the Misano, San Marino circuit.
Bayliss once more did battle with Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) as the Michelin pair again edged away from the rest of the field, in the two 25-lap races run in high temperatures and in front of 68,000 fans, the majority shouting for a Ducati win on home soil.
Bayliss didn¹t disappoint as he took the chequered flag on both occasions, recording Michelin¹s 15th win from the 16 races so far this year. He won the first after tailing Edwards for nine laps, until he grabbed the lead on the 10th lap.
And all after switching to his spare machine before the warm-up lap due to a technical problem with his number one Ducati.
Bayliss crossed the line 2.9 seconds ahead of Edwards with Ducati privateer Neil Hodgson third, four seconds ahead of the factory Aprilia of Noriyuki Haga.
Hodgson set the early pace in race two changing the lead with Edwards until the American Honda rider took control on the fourth lap. As Edwards made his move so did Bayliss.
The title chasing duo then exchanged the lead for six laps before Bayliss took control with seven laps to go to record his 13th win of the year. Edwards was again runner-up, by a similar three-second margin to the first race.
Bayliss said: "We got everything dialled in around here this weekend and it was great to go to the line knowing the machine set-up and tyres would take some stopping."
There was little joy for Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) as the Spaniard crashed out of both races on lap four of the opening race and the sixth lap of race two, each time escaping injury.