Troy Bayliss extended his championship lead even further for Xerox Ducati after a spectacular double win at Monza in Italy at the fourth round of the Corona Extra Superbike World Championship.
Second place went to reigning world champion Troy Corser on the Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki with his race one challenger Noriyuki Haga on the Yamaha Italia in third place.
This was an important venue for the Yamaha squad and Haga did them proud with a podium finish “This is my first time on the podium in Monza, it is important for my team Yamaha Italia. Unfortunately my race tyre had a problem and I couldn't hold Troy,” he said.
“I'm a lot happier than I was in race one. The boys fixed the brakes as we had a small problem. Bayliss made a break and I couldn't get onto the back of him,” commented Corser. Monza is all about top speed and when asked if his Suzuki had the legs to match the Ducati he commented “To be honest it is not that much different. The Ducati had more drive and less spin mid corner, there are a lot of corners at Silverstone so we shall see.”
Bayliss, who is now leading the championship by thirty six points said “The second race was more difficult, I didn't get the start I wanted and Troy Corser is so fast and doesn't make mistakes plus Haga was in there and they gapped me. I got my head down and had to push to get a gap and took the win!”
Alex Barros missed out on a podium finish coming home in fourth, he got a bad start and had to work his way up from fourteenth place to fourth. James Toseland and his Winston Ten Kate Honda were looking strong and had been running in third place for some time; unfortunately he faded back down the order to come home fifth.
Quite a few riders had technicals and failed to finish, they were Max Neukirchner, both Petronas riders, Regis Laconi and Yukio Kagayama who had clutch problems.
WSBK race results (2) – Monza:
1. Troy Bayliss
2. Troy Corser
3. Noriyuki Haga
4. Alex Barros
5. James Toseland
6. Andrew Pitt
7. Karl Muggeridge
8. Fonsi Nieto
9. Chris Walker
10. Lorenzo Lanzi