FIRST ADVANTAGE FOR BAYLISS AND NIETO The first two races of the season were victories for Troy Bayliss (Ducati) and Fonsi Nieto (Suzuki). The new 1200 cc Ducati showed its ambitions when finishing for instance with five bikes in the top ...
FIRST ADVANTAGE FOR BAYLISS AND NIETO
The first two races of the season were victories for Troy Bayliss (Ducati) and Fonsi Nieto (Suzuki). The new 1200 cc Ducati showed its ambitions when finishing for instance with five bikes in the top six. Shinichi Nakatomi, 21st of the first event, was unlucky in the second race when he had to retire early.
During the warm up session, Nakatomi did the 21st time in 2'01.468, which was quicker than during the qualifying session. This result provided good hope for the races.
At the beginning of race 1, Max Neukirchner (Suzuki) took the lead in front of Troy Corser (Yamaha), Max Biaggi (Ducati) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha). After the first six laps (the first third of the race) Neukirchner was still leading in front of Corser, Haga, Biaggi and Troy Bayliss (Ducati). Nakatomi was 22nd. Unfortunately, Haga crashed on the next lap and had to restart with a big handicap.
Max Biaggi was the new leader after 12 laps (two thirds of the race) in front of Neukirchner, Corser and Bayliss. On the finish line, Troy Bayliss won the first race of this season, followed by Max Biaggi, Troy Corser, Ruben Xaus and Max Neukirchner. Nakatomi finished in 22nd position.
It was a very good start in race 2 for the Yamaha riders, Corser and Haga leading Fonsi Nieto (Suzuki) and Bayliss. On the 6th of the 18 laps, the same four riders were in the front, with Xaus and Bayliss behind them. Then on lap 12 Xaus took the advantage with Biaggi, Bayliss and Nieto behind him. Finally on the finish line, Nieto was the winner, Xaus second and Biaggi third, in front of Bayliss and Fabrizio.
Team-manager Martial Garcia: "Shinichi Nakatomi after finishing 21st of the first race had the bad luck to run out of the track in the beginning of race 2 to avoid an other rider. Courageously, he restarted behind the pack, but he had to retire because the bike was slightly damaged."