Donington: Ducati weekend summary

BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES FIRST EVER DONINGTON SUPERBIKE WIN Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) and his Ducati F08 today achieved a fantastic victory at Donington Park, one of the only international tracks at which he had until now failed to take a...

BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES FIRST EVER DONINGTON SUPERBIKE WIN

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) and his Ducati F08 today achieved a fantastic victory at Donington Park, one of the only international tracks at which he had until now failed to take a Superbike win.

Race 1 became complicated as a track that was drying out caused more than several riders to fall in the initial laps, which in turn left an excess of oil on the track leading to a red flag after just nine laps. The race was restarted, with the remaining riders lining up on the grid again, in the order in which they had completed those first laps, meaning that Bayliss restarted in second and Fabrizio in tenth place. Troy battled it out at the front against wild-card Suzuki rider Sykes and ultimately reigned supreme, despite a gutsy performance from Sykes. Fabrizio's restarted race unfortunately didn't ever really get underway as a slippery track caused him to come off, unhurt, in the first lap.

Race 2 was declared wet just minutes from the start, with heavy rain falling in the opening laps that then eased off as the race progressed. Bayliss was once more up front from the start, this time up against Kiyo and wild-card Crutchlow, but in thinking he could push harder, the Australian legend lost the rear and came off in lap 11, unable to continue the race due to damage to his F08. Fabrizio had a much better second race and despite losing several places at the start, falling back to sixteenth position at the end of the first lap, he was able to progress through the field to take a very worthy fifth place finish.

Bayliss has increased his championship lead by a significant number of points and leaves round 11 of the Superbike championship with 359 points and an 101 point advantage over second-placed rider Corser. Fabrizio's fifth place finish in Race 2 takes him up to 172 championship points, lying now in ninth place overall.

Ducati continues to lead the manufacturers championship, holding 439 points ahead of second-placed Yamaha (366 points).

Troy Bayliss (Race 1 - 1st, Race 2 - DNF)

"I'm really happy to have finally taken a win at Donington today (in Race 1) after all the years that I've been coming here! Then in Race 2 I was feeling equally good at the start, even though the rain was so heavy I almost thought they might cancel it a couple of laps in. But conditions improved and I felt comfortable so at a certain point, when it looked like Kiyo might have been starting to have a bit of trouble, I thought I could push bit harder and try to catch him. Unfortunately though I lost the back at a certain point and came off at a pretty fast speed, though luckily I haven't hurt myself. We've improved on our points lead overall and we leave here with an advantage of 101 points over Corser and 105 over Neukirchner which was our aim for this round so we're all very happy with that."

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 - DNF, Race 2 - 5th)

"I can say I'm satisfied with the results of this weekend's work in the sense that I've gained more valuable points with my Race 2 result. We were lucky that the championship organisers gave us extra time to change tyres before that race started though! I needed a few laps to build up confidence with the tyre and at the start visibility was also extremely bad, but once the rain eased a bit I was able to start passing some of the others. I'm sorry for Race 1 because I was going well before the restart but then in "part 2" of that race, I simply slid, without hurting myself thankfully, and we unfortunately couldn't continue."

-credit: ducati.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Michel Fabrizio