BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) NOTCHES UP SECOND CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE WIN OF THE SEASON AT A PACKED MONZA Monza (Italy), Sunday 7 May: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) extended his World Superbike winning streak to five as he notched up another two wins at...
BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) NOTCHES UP SECOND CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE WIN OF THE SEASON AT A PACKED MONZA
Monza (Italy), Sunday 7 May: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) extended his World Superbike winning streak to five as he notched up another two wins at Monza to add to his race 2 triumph in Australia and his double at Valencia. The 37-year-old, whose return to the championship this year after three years in MotoGP, has been nothing short of sensational, now leads the table by 36 points from his closest rival Troy Corser (Suzuki), who twice finished on the podium today. The wins were Troy's fifth and sixth at the high-speed Autodromo, and his third double win at Monza to go with the same results in 2001 and 2002.
"I love coming to Monza and I've got fond memories of the place ever since I first arrived here with Ducati in 2000 but to win like I did today is pretty special. Ernesto Marinelli, my main man, had a few solutions this morning to solve the bike's stability, he's normally right and we didn't really have any problems at all" declared Troy after race 1.
"The second race was a bit harder, because the guys got a bit of a jump and Corser and Haga made a good first few laps, while I was with James for a bit and it was difficult to get past. Eventually I caught the two in the front. Troy and I played a bit of cat-and-mouse but the most important thing was that we got away from Nori and it came down to us two in the last few laps. I love to do well here in front of all the Italians, there's just something special about the place, I've done the double here today and the last time I was here I was lucky enough to get the same result. I think I've got the best team in the paddock and a big thanks to everyone for these wins today".
Two disappointing races for Lorenzo Lanzi, who was unable to repeat his Valencia form after struggling to get to grips with the Monza circuit from Friday onwards.
"After the excellent results at Valencia, I thought I could do better at Monza because I had always done great races here with the Superstock and the 749" commented Lorenzo. "But the fact that I had never been here before on a Superbike maybe conditioned my entire weekend. I tried to be the best Italian on the track, and came close but it wasn't to be. I clearly had problems right from the Friday morning and I had to struggle. We will now try and get back to the front at Silverstone".