BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO SUPERBIKE TITLE WITH RACE 2 WIN AT ASSEN Assen (Netherlands), Sunday 3 September: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) moved another step closer towards taking a second World Superbike title with his tenth...
BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO SUPERBIKE TITLE WITH RACE 2 WIN AT ASSEN
Assen (Netherlands), Sunday 3 September: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) moved another step closer towards taking a second World Superbike title with his tenth win of the season at Assen. The Australian crashed out of the first race, held in dreadful weather conditions and won by Chris Walker (Kawasaki), but then had a relatively easy run to the maximum points in the second counter after his three main rivals Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha), James Toseland (Honda) and Troy Corser (Suzuki) were involved in a first-corner incident. Troy now leads the championship with 332 points, 100 ahead of Toseland and 102 ahead of Haga, with 150 points still up for grabs in the remaining three rounds.
"In my opinion race 1 should have been stopped because there was far too much rain coming down" declared Troy. "In the end I was having trouble seeing where I was going and I went too much on the inside of the fast left down the back and completely aquaplaned. The back of the bike came around, with 210 km/h on the telemetry, threw me over the handlebars and that was it. Race 2 on the other hand was pretty easy after the first few laps. I'm really happy with how it turned out but honestly Assen has always been a rollercoaster ride for me and today was no different. I had a very fast off this morning in the rain but I've managed to increase the points lead and we all leave here very happy this afternoon".
Team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi fell behind in the early laps of race 1 but then recovered to finish seventh in a decimated field, while he followed this up with a sixth place in race 2.
"I think I showed that I wasn't far off the pace today even though I didn't obtain particularly great results" commented Lorenzo. "I went well in the wet in race 1 despite going wide on lap 2, and I believe I did a good second race in the dry. I managed to take Laconi after a lap battling with him because I had a faster pace. When I caught Ruben and the group fighting for third, there were just seven laps to the flag and I didn't have any more front-end grip. I had gambled on a softer choice of rear tyre but instead I had problems with the front. Without that, maybe I could have fought for the podium. I hoped things would have gone a bit better at Assen, but they didn't. Next Sunday there's the Lausitz race, hopefully we'll get a good result like last year".