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Double delight for Bayliss Down Under

Published: 18 March 2002

A command performance in front of his home fans saw Troy Bayliss take both WSB wins today in Phillip Island.

Race two was a carbon copy of the first with the defending champion holding off Honda’s Colin Edwards to take the flag. Bayliss’ Infostrada Ducati teammate Ruben Xaus was third in both races.

Afterwards Bayliss said " I knew I’d go well here since testing was so good here, but to do the double in frontt of my home crowd is beyond my wildest dreams. "

Edwards joked: " We’re all just getting sick of seeing Troy up there on the top step of the podium. The greedy bastard needs to share the glory around a bit! " Britain’s Neil Hodgson was just pipped by Ben Bostrom for fourth place in the first race, but the HM Plant rider held off the American to take it in the second.

Hodgson told MCN; " To be honest that fourth felt as good as a win - there was no way I was going to let Bostrom do me for the line again. "

James Toseland finished 8th and 7th, while ChrisWalker finished both races in 9th and Mark Heckles scored 2 series points with his 14th in race two.

Noriyuki Haga pulled out of race one with a persistent brake problem.

Race one results:

1)T.Bayliss (Ducati)

2)C Edwards (Honda)

3)R Xaus (Ducati)

4)B Bostrom (Ducati)

5)N Hodgson (Ducati)

6)H Izutzu (Kawasaki)

7)G Lavilla (Suzuki)

8)J Toseland (Ducati)

9)C Walker (Kawasaki)

10)L Pedercini (Ducati)

11)M Borciani (Ducati)

12)J Borja (Ducati)

13)S Martin (Ducati)

14)A Antonello (Ducati)

15)M Sancini (Kawasaki)

16)M Heckles (Honda)

Race two results:

1)T.Bayliss (Ducati)

2)C Edwards (Honda)

3)R Xaus (Ducati)

4)N Hodgson (Ducati)

5) B Bostrom (Ducati)

6)N Haga (Aprilia)

7)J Toseland (Ducati)

8)G Lavilla (Suzuki)

9)C Walker (Kawasaki)

10)J Borja (Ducati)

11)A Antonello (Ducati)

12)M Sancini (Kawasaki)

13)Broc Parkes (Ducati)

14)M Heckles (Honda)

15)I Clementi (Kawasaki)

16)B Stey (Honda)

17)A Maxwell (Kawasaki)

Defending Champion World Supersport champion Andrew Pitt delighted the home fans by taking his first ever WSS win today.

The Kawasaki rider diced with Yamaha’s Paolo Casoli for most of the race before the veteran Italian lost the front end and fell with just a handful of laps remaining. This left Pitt an easy run to the flag ahead of Piergiorgio Bontempi on theDucati 748 to take second ahead of Suzuki’s Stephane Chambon.

Casoli’s team-mate Jamie Whitham was an early leader, but he too lost the front end and crashed out on lap 2. Iain MacPherson finished 8th on his Honda CBR600, James Ellison picked up a point for 15th place on his Kawasaki ZX-6R, but the remaining Brit Rob Frost went out after just one lap.

WSS results:

1)A Pitt (Kawasaki) (25)

2)P Bontempi (Ducati) (20)

3)S Chambon (Suzuki) (16)

4)K Fujiwara (Suzuki) (13)

5)J Teuchert (Yamaha) (11)

6)C Kellner (Yamaha) (10)

7)C Cogan (Honda) (9)

8)I MacPherson (Honda) (8)

9)F Foret (Honda) (7)

10)A Corradi (Yamaha) (6)

11)C Vermeulen (Yamaha) (5)

12) K Curtain (Yamaha) (4)

13) R Ulm (Honda) (3)

14) W Daemen (Honda) (2)

15) J Ellison (Kawasaki) (1)

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