World Superbike Championship - round 4 Sportsland Sugo Circuit Japan - 29 th April 2001 Troy Bayliss leads the World Superbike Championship Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin) is the new World Championship leader after the single ...
World Superbike Championship - round 4
Sportsland Sugo Circuit Japan - 29 th April 2001
Troy Bayliss leads the World Superbike Championship
Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin) is the new World Championship leader after the single Australian Superbike race held last weekend at Phillip Island. Bayliss now heads previous championship leader Troy Corser (Aprilia) by four points. Racing at Phillip Island wasnit just wet, it was drenched! So much so that the second race had to be cancelled. But Michelinis wet weather tyre know-how was clear in the first race, where Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda-Michelin) dominated despite the atrocious conditions and won ahead of Tadayuki Okada (Castrol Honda- Michelin) and Troy Bayliss. Australian rising star Broc Parkes (Ducati NCR-Michelin) ran a fine race which saw the 19 year-old take 5th place. Edwardsi win has moved him past fellow American Ben Bostrom (L&M Ducati) to third place in the championship. Edwards is 23 points down on Bayliss and 19 down on Corser but has a 19 point advantage on Bostrom.
Broc Parkes is the best-placed privateer in 12th. Robert Ulm (Ducati Gerin WSBK Team-Michelin) is next best privateer with 14th place in the provisional championship, just in front of another privateer, Giovanni Bussei (Ducati NCR-Michelin).
1996: Japanis uprising
Statistics tell us that from 1988 to 1995, all sixteen World Superbike Championship races held at Sugo were won by non-Japanese riders. But all ten races held since 1996 have been won by local riders.
Sugo is Suzukiis best World Superbike circuit. Suzuki has seven World Superbike victories and four of those were taken at Sugo. All of those were first race wins (in 1988, 89, 98 and 99). Suzukiis three other wins were scored by Pierfrancesco Chili (team Alstare).
Kevin Curtain takes all
Australian Kevin Curtain (Honda BKM-Michelin Pilot) won last Sundayis Phillip Island Supersport race by beating compatriot Adam Fergusson (Alfa Technik Castrol Honda-Michelin Pilot). Chris Vermeulen (Castrol Honda-Michelin) also had a good day at the Island. The young rider was up to second before a visor problem caused him to crash.
Curtainis superb win - his first in World Supersport - was also his BKM teamis first win and has moved him into the provisional championship lead. He shares that first place with Spaniard Pere Riba, another Honda CBR 600 rider. Vittoriano Guareschi (Dienza Ducati Racing-Michelin Pilot) was fourth at Phillip Island and is now fourth in the championship. He ties with Andrew Pitt (Kawasaki).