TOSELAND UPSTAGES BAYLISS IN RACE TWO Brit James Toseland has upstaged local Troy Bayliss by taking the honours in the second race at the World Superbike Championship in Phillip Island. Toseland led for most of the race, stealing Bayliss'...
TOSELAND UPSTAGES BAYLISS IN RACE TWO
Brit James Toseland has upstaged local Troy Bayliss by taking the honours in the second race at the World Superbike Championship in Phillip Island.
Toseland led for most of the race, stealing Bayliss' thunder having won the first race comfortably, while Japan's Noriyuki Haga finished the race in third spot.
When the green light appeared it was Italian Max Biaggi who got the best jump off the line, moving straight into the lead by the first corner.
However, similarly to Race One, he had given up the lead soon after with Troy Corser, Bayliss and Toseland overtaking him.
Those three riders along with Haga formed a breakaway group - just holding their positions for the next eight laps, with Biaggi leading a clustered group of six riders behind them.
Things changed on the 10th lap of the race as Biaggi caught up to the pack and overtook Corser into fourth.
While that was happening, Bayliss overtook in a great move to gain the lead, but seemingly uncomfortable with being the race leader he let Toseland back through on the next corner.
The only interest for the next 10 laps was the battle for third place, with Haga and Biaggi overtaking each other with several risky moves all over the circuit.
In their efforts to gain the ascendency, Corser whizzed through into third, before a mistake saw him clip the dirt along the straight and relegate him back to fifth.
The final two laps were full of excitement -- Toseland holding off Bayliss for first, Haga winning a dash to the line for third, and Biaggi earning an important fourth spot and leaving Corser to finish fifth.
Australian Josh Brookes finished the second race in 12th spot for the race, while Steve Martin failed to finish.