With a podium at Brands Hatch
Despite typically unsettled British weather, Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) took a second place finish in Race 1 to increase his overall points advantage after ten rounds of the World Superbike championship.
A restarted Race 1, due to the onset of rain, was dominated by Bayliss from the start. Although Troy was able to hold off a battling Kiyonari for the majority of the race, the young Japanese rider finally passed Troy who, suffering by that stage from rear tyre wear, had to settle for second place.
Bayliss’ team-mate Michel Fabrizio suffered too due to the tyres but was affected above all by pain in his forearm which meant he finished the first race in twelfth place, unable to make up any real ground.
In Race 2, Troy again made a great start, leading for the first few laps before the same tyre issue saw him fall gradually back through the field to take an eventual eleventh place finish.
Michel made better progress this time around, moving up from fifteenth position to cross the finish line in sixth place, gaining valuable points despite the ongoing pain in his forearm.
Bayliss has further increased his championship lead, albeit by just three points, and now has an 82 point advantage over Neukirchner. Fabrizio now holds 161 points and lies in ninth place overall.
Ducati continues to lead the manufacturers championship, holding 403 points ahead of second-placed Yamaha (345 points).
Troy Bayliss (Race 1 – 2nd, Race 2 – 11th)
“I’m quite disappointed to tell the truth as I hoped to do a lot better today. By the last few laps of the first race the rear tyre wear was pretty bad and that’s why we changed the tyre before Race 2. Unfortunately that was the wrong choice and there wasn’t much I could do after the first few laps.”
” I am however happy with podium in race 1 as those 20 points have meant that I’ve increased my overall lead, even though it’s by just a few points. That was a great race this morning and my congratulations go to Kiyo who really was fantastic here today.”
Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – 12th, Race 2 – 6th)
“In race 1 the tyres were a real problem. We chose a harder tyre but it wasn’t right so we went for a softer option for race 2 which, although better, did not perform as we had hoped. In both races my right forearm, the one already operated on, was playing up again and although I went to the Clinica Mobile after race 1 for some treatment I still experienced pain throughout the second race.”
” I’m pretty satisfied with the fact that I was able to make up so many positions in race 2 though, to finish in sixth place, taking valuable points in the process.”
RESULTS: Race 1:
1. Kiyonari (Honda);
2. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox);
3. Biaggi (Ducati);
1. Kiyonari (Honda);
2. Haga (Yamaha);
3. Corser (Yamaha)
1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 334 ;
2. Neukirchner (Suzuki) 252;
3. Corser (Yamaha) 242;
4. Checa (Honda) 233;
5. Haga (Yamaha) 230;
6. Nieto (Suzuki) 183….
9. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 161;
26.Canepa (Ducati Xerox) 3.
source: Ducati Xerox Team