Valencia: Race report

SBK: Bayliss Wins Shortened Second Race Troy Bayliss survived a pre-race scare to take his second win at Valencia, with an immaculate 50 point score his ultimate his reward for a perfect day's work. Second in the second leg was Noriyuki Haga ...

SBK: Bayliss Wins Shortened Second Race

Troy Bayliss survived a pre-race scare to take his second win at Valencia, with an immaculate 50 point score his ultimate his reward for a perfect day's work. Second in the second leg was Noriyuki Haga and third Colin Edwards.

The reigning World Champion Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada) completed an excellent day by winning the second race at Valencia, a race that was shortened because of gravel on the racing line at corners eight and nine, dragged there by a rider who ran off the circuit and then re-joined the competition. The result was therefore called after 20 of the scheduled 23 laps.

Bayliss had a scare when his number one bike developed a fluid leak in the cooling system, and he had to use his spare machine, starting warm up from pitlane.

Second proved to be Japanese rider Noriyuki Haga (Playstation 2 Aprilia), who held off Ben Bostrom (Ducati L&M) for long periods, but was finally chased over the line by Colin Edwards and his Castrol Honda. Bostrom had cooked his tyres trying to stay with the corner exit punch of the Aprilia, and fell to fourth place overall. Ruben Xaus could have joined the leading riders, where it not for a crash suffered by the

Spaniard on the last corner of lap eight. Neil Hodgson, distant from the leaders for most of the race and 17 seconds behind at the flag, was still eight seconds ahead of top

Kawasaki finisher Hitoyasu Izutsu, on a factory Kawasaki ZX-7RR.

Chris Walker had a plucky ride to seventh, despite his problems with his paralysed face muscles, although he was almost exhausted at the end of a day of total exertion riding his our-cylinder machine.

Juan Borja ended up the top Spanish rider, and the only one to finish, after Gregorio Lavilla and James Toseland had a coming together which resulted in Lavilla being forced to retire.

Toseland continued on to finish tenth, behind a revitalised Steve Martin, who had been rebuilding confidence up to that point after a spate of recent crashes.

Lucio Pedercini finished just outside the top ten, with four of his fellow Italians behind him. Marco Borciani, Ivan Clementi, Serafino Foti and Mauro Sanchini rounded out the top 15 and were the last point scorers.Only 17 riders finished, with most retirements the result of crashes.

Pierfrancesco Chili had a fraught race after receiving a black flag penalty for jump-starting. He retired on lap 10.

Five other riders failed to finish, the aforementioned Xaus and Lavilla, plus Alessandro Antonello, Yann Gyger and Mark Heckles, who crashed out.

Ben Bostrom left the Valencia circuit with the new lap record in his possession, setting a best race time of 1'35"306 on the sixth lap. Haga tails Bayliss in the championship race on 40 points, Edwards and Bostrom share third with 29.

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Colin Edwards , Noriyuki Haga , Neil Hodgson , Mark Heckles , Marco Borciani , Gregorio Lavilla , Ruben Xaus , Chris Walker , Alessandro Antonello , Mauro Sanchini , Ivan Clementi , James Toseland , Lucio Pedercini , Juan Borja , Ben Bostrom