Lausitz: Michelin race summary

German double for dominant Bayliss. Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) powers to fifth double victory of the year in Germany as Michelin dominates with top three places to fill both podiums at Lausitzring circuit but Colin Edwards ...

German double for dominant Bayliss.

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) powers to fifth double victory of the year in Germany as Michelin dominates with top three places to fill both podiums at Lausitzring circuit but Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) ensures Bayliss can't eas e up in title battle as American takes two runner-up places.

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin), the defending champion and runaway championship leader, continued his blitz of the 2002 campaign as he and title rival Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) once more dominated a round of the World Superbike championship.

This time it was round seven, at the Lausitzring circuit in Germany, where Bayliss led for 32 of the 48 laps in Sunday afternoon's two 24-lap races. And, in typical 2002 fashion, race times were again slashed in comparison to 2001 this time by more than 22 seconds in each race.

Bayliss took over from Edwards on the 15th lap of the opening race but Edwards refused to give in and put the Michelin rear race tyre to good use, staying in touch with Bayliss to cross the finish line just 0.6 seconds behind his arch-rival.

Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) blasted through from fifth on the grid to take his seventh podium finish of the year. Xaus finished a comfortable four seconds ahead of fourth-placed Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) for the sixth all-Michelin podium of the year.

Ben Bostrom led for the first two laps of the second race before Bayliss took up the running. Xaus took the lead at mid-race distance but Bayliss was back ahead within two corners.

Edwards outbraked Xaus for second place with five laps to go as the 2000 world champion ensured he continued his run of podium finishes in every race of the year except his opening race, fourth place finish in Spain.

Xaus took third place to repeat the all-Michelin podium ceremony and the Spaniard also gained the consolation of taking a new lap record, 0.9s inside the previous record, set by Bayliss in 2001.

Bostrom improved from his fifth place finish in the opening race to pip Haga for fourth while Neil Hodgson, third in the championship points standings, suffered a disappointing day with a first race retirement followed by eighth place in race two, after ru nning off the track on lap six.

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Colin Edwards , Noriyuki Haga , Neil Hodgson , Ruben Xaus , Ben Bostrom