Edwards and Xaus win as Michelin takes double
Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) and Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) win a race each as Michelin take World Superbike double in thrilling 11th round at Oschersleben circuit in Germany. Drama as series leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) suffers breakdown and title race hots up.
Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) returned towinning ways with the 20th World Superbike victory of his career as he won the opening race in Sunday's 11th round of the championship at the Oschersleben circuit in Germany.
Edwards controlled the first 28-lap encounter, leading from start to finish to beat on-form Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) by 3.3 seconds.
But there was despair for Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) as the championship leader retired on the 22nd lap with mechanical trouble and was then forced to watch Edwards - his closest rival in the title chase - take the maximum 25 points.
Xaus went one better in the second race, catching and passing Edwards on the sixth lap before easing away to take his first ever World Superbike race win in style, crossing the line 10 seconds ahead of the defending world champion.
Edwards was satisfied with his runner-up place after set-up problems had affected his weekend in Germany while the determined Bayliss bounced back for third place and to guarantee an all-Michelin podium.
Edwards arrived in Germany 53 points behind Bayliss but that margin has been reduced to 24 points, less than a race win, with rounds at Assen in Holland on Sunday and Imola, Italy on September 30 remaining.
Frenchman Fabien Foret took his first ever World Supersport race win after a thrilling 28-lap race in Germany. The Ten Kate Honda team rider led home his own team-mate Pere Riba as both riders celebrated signing 2002 deals last week by giving the team a 1-2 finish.
Andrew Pitt took third place to move to second place in the championship with Paolo Casoli's fourth place enough to give him the lead of the series after previous leader Jorg Teuchert crashed out on the eighth lap.