Phillip Island: Michelin race report

World Superbike championship round two -- Phillip Island, Australia -- March 22-24, 2002 Bayliss gives home crowd cheer with Australian double Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) continues where he left off at round one with World ...

World Superbike championship round two -- Phillip Island, Australia -- March 22-24, 2002

Bayliss gives home crowd cheer with Australian double

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) continues where he left off at round one with World Superbike double win at Phillip Island as tough Australian wins his home round after battles with Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin). Edwards finishes second in both third as Michelin dominate the day down under.

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) was in rampant mood as he won both races of Sunday's second round of the World Superbike championship at Phillip Island in Australia to remain unbeaten in 2002.

The Ducati rider, from Taree in Australia, took his first ever World Superbike wins at Phillip Island in front of 57,000 fans and under 33 degrees on a perfect day at the coastal track. "I can't believe this," said Bayliss. "My home race, a track I love, thousands of fans and it's all worked out perfectly."

Bayliss won both races after two fierce, 22-lap battles with Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) who missed a gear two laps from the end of the first race to lose the tow to Bayliss and eventually the race.

In the second race Edwards led for 10 laps and Bayliss 12 as the pair did battle around the picturesque 4.445km venue -- Bayliss crossing the finish line 2.4s ahead of his slowing rival.

Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) finished third in both races to ensure that all three of the official Michelin riders filled the podium places in both races. In both races Xaus battled back from poor starts to twice scoop the final podium place.

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Colin Edwards , Ruben Xaus , Phillip Island