Troy Corser took his Alstare Suzuki to its second win of the day at Phillip Island in a rain interrupted second race.
Corser and team-mate Yukio Kagayama
dominated an eventful race two at Phillip Island with thrid place going to the young German rider Max Neukirchner on the Klaffi Honda.
Kagayama got an early lead from Xerox Ducati's Laconi and Yamaha's Andrew Pitt, Neukirchner followed in fourth place.
James Toseland was battling with Karl Muggeridge
when they came into contact with one another and crashed out. Muggeridge explained that he was under Toseland in the corner and tried to take a tighter line to stop himself from hitting him. Unfortunately Muggeridge's rear tyre slid, then gripped pitching the bike upright and hitting James' Xerox Ducati. That was the end of race two for both riders.
"I'm going away from here with one point after working so hard this weekend," said a very disappointed Toseland. "I was up there in top five in every practice on race tyres, so it wasn't a coincidence. In Superpole the time I did would have put me second in every other session and I was tenth, then we had problems with the rear in race 1 and with Muggeridge who cut me up in race two. What more can I say?"
Back at the sharp-end Neukirchner managed to muscle by the very beaten up Andrew Pitt to take third place. Pitt was out of luck this weekend when he crashed again due to the onset of rain. The race was red flagged accordingly and re-run on aggregated time. As the riders returned to the pits, Chris Walker
was seen pushing his PSG-1 Kawasaki back to his box. Apparently the bike had cut-out, the team weren't sure of the cause but had put it down to an ignition problem or water getting into the system.
The grid was reformed in the order that the riders had last crossed the line, so the front row was Corser, Laconi, Neukirchner and Pitt.
The track was very wet and on the warm up lap Lanzi ended up on the grass, an indication of things to come. Kagayama got a good start and was being chased by Neukirchner and Chris Walker.
Unfortunately Gary McCoy on the Petronas took a tumble at turn eight and was soon followed into the gravel by the well beaten up Andrew Pitt. Three big crashes in one weekend is a lot to put up with, amazingly Pitt walked away.
Yukio Kagayama was being hounded down by Walker, while his team mate Corser was also on the move. It was at this point that Martin on the second foggy Petronas machine crashed at turn one.
"I high-sided going into turn one," commented Martin. "I didn't do anything different, I didn't feel it go. Next thing I know the bike is on top of me!"