Bayliss won both races by a big margin

Bayliss won both races by a big margin

 

Phillip Island World Superbikes: Bayliss does the double

By Angus Farquhar -

World Superbikes

 02 March 2008 05:46

Troy Bayliss has done the double at Phillip Island taking his second clear win of the day.

The Australian rider opened up an instant lead at the start of the race and kept it easily to the flag, leaving the real excitement in the battle for second place.

The race started with Max Biaggi Troy Corser and Fonsi Nieto all fighting for the number two spot. Corser had begun to hunt down Bayliss but was penalised with a ride-through penalty for jumping the start. But before he could even get back to the pits he crashed out on his own.

Biaggi was working hard to take back second place from Fonsi Nieto when he didn’t leave himself enough braking room at the end of the start/finish straight going in to lap four.

The Italian piled on the front brake trying to pass Nieto, the back wheel lifted and came round shaking him off the bike as it touched down at 150mph. The Sterilgarda Ducati rider walked away after an impressive slide through the gravel and a near miss with his flying bike.

While Xaus and Nieto were slogging it out for second, Ten Kate Honda rider Carlos Checa caught up and passed  both of them by lap 10 holding second place to the line.

Xaus and Nieto fought hard for the remainder of the race with several very close passes but it was Nieto that finally managed to take the last spot on the podium.

Further down the field there was a massive fight for the lower places but it was former British Superbike riders Ryuichi Kiyonari and Gregorio Lavilla that stood out.

The pair seem to have continued their rivalry in to the World series but their battle stood them well and helped them work through the dense pack to leave Kiyo in sixth behind Max Neukirchner and Lavilla close behind in seventh.

Final positions:

  1. Troy Bayliss
  2. Carlos Checa
  3. Fonsi Nieto
  4. Ruben Xaus
  5. Max Neukirchner
  6. Ryuichi Kiyonari
  7. Noriyuki Haga
  8. Gregorio Lavilla
  9. Russell Holland
  10. Karl Muggeridge
  11. Keenan Sofuoglu
  12. David Checa
  13. Sebastien Gimbert
  14. Makoto Tamada
  15. Shinichi Nakatomi
  16. Roberto Rolfo
  17. Regis Laconi
  18. Jacob Smrz
  19. Michel Fabrizio
  20. Lorenzo Lanzi
  21. A Badovini