Resplendent in his white leathers made especially for his home round, representing the Italian flag and the Roma football team, Biaggi came over the line 5.638secs clear of his nearest rival.

With this impressive win and the points that come with it Biaggi has now pulled himself into joint second place in the championship. He is now tied on 347 points along side Noriyuki Haga.

Troy Bayliss was the second man home on board his Xerox Ducati following a heavy battle with Haga. Completing the rostrum was James Toseland on the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda who had an eventful race. He had a big moment on the opening lap which dropped him back to fourth place. However he pulled it back and grabbed third place beating Haga who was his main title rival.

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The weather picked up for race day but the additional heat on track did give the riders some problems as Biaggi said, "For race one I struggle with rear grip and in race two it will be the same, it won't improve. We are all in the same boat, Troy and James rode a fantastic race. When I was behind Troy I could see he was having the same trouble as me."

Bayliss agreed with Biaggi's statement saying, "The track is fast in the morning and slower in the afternoon. We can work on the bikes for race two but everyone was struggling for rear grip. I've had a few crashes this weekend and I feel I'm on the limit."

Toseland was disappointed not to be further up as he said, "When you are fourth and want to be in front it is hard work. The boys were pushing so hard and I was losing the front and the rear everywhere. I'm strong in the first sector so I took advantage of that with Nori. Max rode well I guess because we are near his home town of Rome. Troy had the same problems as me and Haga. I want to be in front but that was the best that I could do but we'll see for the next one."

When the lights went out it was Bayliss who launched himself into the lead while Toseland muscled his way into second place from the second row of the grid. It was like the start of a 125 race with four riders abreast, all trying to get into the same turn. Toseland had a big moment with a near high side, this dropped him back leaving him a lot of work to do.

Troy Corser on the Yamaha Italia machine had a short race when he high sided on lap one. He landed in the track and was lucky not to be hit by any on coming riders.

Max Neukirchner on the Yamaha Germany bike was also out of luck on the opening lap as he clipped the back of Roberto Rolfo and crashed out. Bayliss was leading from Biaggi who had got ahead of Haga with Toseland giving chase. Ruben Xaus who had been running at the front crashed his Sterilgarda Ducati on lap two ending his race.

The action hotted up on lap three with Bayliss and Biaggi swapping places several times. Biaggi finally out braked Bayliss and shoved his Suzuki under the Ducati rider with force to take the lead.

Biaggi got his head down and started to pull a gap over the battle that was raging for second place. Bayliss had Haga's full attention and on lap six he snatched second place from the Australian. As the race settle down a little Toseland was gradually closing up on Haga and Bayliss. On lap twelve Bayliss was close enough to make a move on Haga and over took him for second but two corners later Haga did exactly the same regaining his position. One lap later Bayliss past him again but ran wide, this mistake let Toseland move in even closer.

The first section of the Vallelunga track is very fast fifth gear corners and this is where Bayliss and Haga continued to rub elbows. Haga had a moment where it looked like the back of the bike was about to come round on him. With Bayliss now in second and Haga having a close call, Toseland was back in the fight for a podium. On lap seventeen Toseland took Haga but he fought back holding off the pushy Brit.

By now Biaggi was 7.399secs clear of second place man Bayliss. With two laps to go Toseland made his move on Haga who promptly took his place back. Toseland wasn't settling for fourth and muscled his way in front of Haga leading with his left elbow as he dropped into the turn. There was nothing Haga could do at this point and he found himself 0.1secs behind Toseland over the line.

Toseland now has 391 points compared to Biaggi and Haga who are on 347 points.

WSBK race results (1) - Vallelunga:

1. Max Biaggi
2. Troy Bayliss
3. James Toseland
4. Noriyuki Haga
5. Michel Fabrizio
6. Lorenzo Lanzi
7. Regis Laconi
8. Fonsi Nieto
9. Shinichi Nakatomi
10. Vittorio Iannuzzo