Edwards Champ – For now.

Colin Edwards repeated his Race One dominance in the second encounter at Oschersleben to clinch the 2000 World Superbike Championship, for the moment.

Once again the rest of the World Superbike field were left gasping as Colin Edwards asserted his dominance over proceedings. Once again the American led from start to finish and had an unchallenged run to the flag, even allowing himself a small wheelie before the flag as he cruised home with more than four seconds to spare.

Edwards made the best use of pole position for the second time in under four hours but was chased hard in the opening laps by Pier Francesco Chili who put up a stern threat until his injuries began to take their toll once more. The Honda and the Suzuki opened up a two second gap back to third place man Troy Bayliss who had a raging scrap between Gregorio Lavilla and Noriyuki Haga going on behind him for fourth place.

However one rider not on the leader board was Troy Corser who kissed his Championship hopes goodbye when his Aprilia cut out after just three corners, the Australian coasting into the pits to retire to join non-starters Doriano Romboni and Juan Borja on the sidelines.

It took Bayliss until lap eight to dispose of Chili but although the twisty nature of the Oschersleben circuit is supposed to favour the Ducati more than the Honda, Bayliss could do nothing except watch Edwards disappear slowly into the distance.

If the battle for the lead was a non-starter, the scrap for third kept the sizable German crowd on their toes for the entire race with Chili doing his best to hold off Haga and Lavilla with Akira Yanagawa making his presence felt in sixth position.

A little way behind that quartet there was a titanic struggle for seventh place between Aaron Slight, Ben Bostrom, Peter Goddard, Katsuaki Fujiwara, Alessandro Antonello and Wataru Yoshikawa, which more than matched the Chili/Haga/Lavilla/Yanagawa tussle in terms of spectacular overtaking moves.

Not even Frankie Chili could resist the triple decked onslaught forever and after ten laps of chopping and changing places with Haga and Lavilla, the Italian fell away in sixth place, once again in so much pain that it was a major struggle just to turn the corners.

Haga was also in trouble as the race progressed with the Yamaha not only lacking in mid-range power, crucial on this track, but also not handling to the Japanese rider's liking. Once his tyres were passed their best, Haga could not stop Lavilla from bursting through and as Edwards continued relentlessly up front, Haga watched his Championship dreams slip away.

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