True to form, Bayliss wins again at Assen

Making mistakes seemed to be the order of the day for many riders at Assen in the first Superbike race as most of the top men had one moment or another in the Dutch sunshine.

No errors for Bayliss though and the Australiam continues his serene progress at the top of the points chart. Now a huge 61 points in front after only three and a half rounds.

His rivals are making it easy for Bayliss though as yet again they fell by the wayside in the races.

Noriyuki Haga, who looked likely to be the Ducati riders biggest threat, took out Ruben Xaus on only the second lap in a strange move at the de Strubben hairpin.

Haga didn't get the best of starts and was forcing his way through the pack, using the tight turning ability of his R1 Yamaha to good effect.

He forced inside Xaus for third behind Bayliss and Corser on lap two, but as the Japanese rider tried to tap on the power his bike moved wide and into Xaus's black Ducati.

Both men were forced out, Haga flipped over the side of the Yamaha and Xaus falling off the lowside of his Ducati. They both rejoined but any chance of a result was long gone.

Up front then, Bayliss was joined by Yukio Kagayama. After qualifying 'Yuki' had promised that his bike was well sorted and he would be up there in the races. Into the fast sweepers before the final chicane at the end of lap four the Suzuki took the lead in a typically brave move from the japanese former BSB race winner.

Then for five more laps the top five were very close together. Max Neukircher was looking composed and cool in thrid palce on the second Suzuki but would have been a little wary at who was behind him, because it was his Valencia nemesis Carlos Checa!

It seemed that Kagayama could not pull away and this was exemplified by Corser managing to catch the pack up again after intitially dropping back a bit.

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