BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES ONLY SUPERBIKE WIN OF THE DAY AT SILVERSTONE - RACE 2 CANCELLED AFTER HEAVY RAIN Silverstone (UK), Sunday 27 May: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) took the only win of the day at a rain-lashed Silverstone circuit as ...
BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES ONLY SUPERBIKE WIN OF THE DAY AT SILVERSTONE - RACE 2 CANCELLED AFTER HEAVY RAIN
Silverstone (UK), Sunday 27 May: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) took the only win of the day at a rain-lashed Silverstone circuit as appalling weather conditions caused the second race to be called off. This was the third time a Superbike race has been cancelled due to bad weather, following previous events at Phillip Island in 2001 and Imola in 2005. Troy battled throughout the 28-lap race with the Yamaha pair of Noriyuki Haga and Troy Corser for his third win of the year, which enabled him to make up 17 points on leader James Toseland (Honda), who crashed but remounted to finish eighth.
"Of course we're very happy for our team, Xerox, Shell and all of our sponsors because the first race went really well today" declared Troy. "It's a shame about the second one, it looked as if it was easing off a bit but the track's got a lot of water in some of the corners, mud and everything. They pushed it off but the water keeps coming back and I'm sure there are going to be some disappointed people here today. We're sorry for everybody but that's racing sometimes. The first part had a lot of water and when you arrive at that chicane, it's in fifth gear and you're not in control when you arrive there aquaplaning. That's just silliness! Anyway now we move on and we're happy to have closed the gap down on James a little bit with the win. Also I'm disappointed because I feel very good and confident on the bike and it's possible I could have taken another win, who knows? Because sometimes it's days like this when the championship can turn around...."
Lorenzo Lanzi started from the front row of the grid but got a bad start and was swamped by the field. The Italian recovered to finish seventh.
"I got a bad start and at the first corner I made contact with someone. Five or six riders passed me and I couldn't see a thing ahead of me. From the mid-point on I managed to recover from 16th to 7th place" said Lorenzo. "The track for race 2 was very difficult, not exactly as bad as Imola in 2005 but it wasn't far off and the race direction made the right decision to cancel the race. It's true that the track conditions improved immediately after, but if it had started to rain again it would have been the same after a few minutes. All the riders would have wanted to race, that's what we're here for, but the decision to call it off was also taken for our safety".