Double for Edwards as Michelin duo battle for title.
Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) rockets to two wins at Oschersleben in Germany to close gap to World Superbike championship leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) as title fight continues.
Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) won both races of Sunday's 11th round of the World Superbike championship at Oschersleben in Germany and his new-found pace ensures a close finish to the 2002 title campaign.
Edwards -- armed with a new SP-2 motor from Honda -- was in dominant . mood as he led both 28-lap races from start to finish and emphasised . his advantage with a blistering lap on the fifth lap of race two, . eclipsing his Superpole time of Saturday around the 2 27-mile circuit .
"I've felt good since we got here," admitted the 28-year-old American. "Last week's test with Michelin in France was the start of a big week for me and it's ended with two wins."
After his fifth successive win, Edwards added: "From a technical point of view I don't think Honda, Michelin and Castrol could be doing any more to contribute to me winning this title for the Castrol Honda team."
Championship leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) was second in both races, passing Neil Hodgson (Ducati) with six laps remaining of the first race to take second and then held second place from the first corner in the second outing of the da y.
"I always knew it would be difficult to catch Colin this weekend," Bayliss declared. "He's been strong since we arrived at this track and all I could do was concentrate on two second places then move on to Holland for next week's races."
The Michelin pair were in a different class as they dominated proceedings, after four laps of the second race they had a two-second lead over the rest of the field.
Hodgson took third place in both races, holding off the challenge of Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) in the second race to guarantee the final podium place and to maintain his third place in the series.
Ben Bostrom held off veteran Pier-Francesco Chili to earn fourth place in the opening race -- all after Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) had crashed out of fourth place with five laps to go.
Haga took fourth in the second outing, settling for the finish after being unable to make the all-important pass on Hodgson. Xaus recovered from his first race mishap to take fifth.