As impressive as Bayliss was, scoring the Double, his teammate Fabrizio pulled a double-podium performance.
Ducati Xerox's Troy Bayliss made great strides toward securing the World Superbike championship today by doubling up in the Czech Republic. Bayliss' seventh and eighth victories of the season came just when it appeared that the former champion was slipping and his rivals were gaining. The Australian rider almost doubled his lead in the point standings and is poised to add a third World Superbike championship banner to his mantle.
"I am very happy and of course it's increased my championship lead, which is great. I rode two really good races. I struggled a little at the start of Race 1, but once I started to pull away in the closing stages I began to relax a bit," Bayliss said.
It was a double podium day for Bayliss' Ducati Xerox teammate, Michel Fabrizio as well. Fabrizio twice executed passing moves on Sterilgarda Go Eleven's Max Biaggi in the final lap, winning third in Race 1 and second in Race 2.
"These two races were really good for me, this one (Race 2) maybe even better than the first. Unfortunately I again lost touch half-way through and was unable to stay with the other guys. I don't know why because my 1098 was perfect and towards the end I began to set some good times again," Fabrizio said.
In the first 20-lap race, Bayliss and Yamaha Motor Italia's Troy Corser diced it out for the lead. The Ducati Xerox rider made a pass on Lap 12 and then turned on the juice, posting the quickest lap of the race on Lap 17. Corser would hold on for second place, finishing 1.468-seconds behind the winner. The final spot on the podium went to Fabrizio, who slipped past Biaggi on the last lap and held on to third by 0.202 seconds. Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's Kiyonari followed up his strong qualifying results with a fifth-place finish, rolling in right behind the Fabrizio/Biaggi duel.
"When Troy came past I tried to go with him but he had a bit more grip coming off the corners. But other than that we were pretty even. I pushed as hard as I could to stay with him but was careful not to throw away second," Corser said.
Race 1 Results:
1. Bayliss T. (AUS) Ducati 1098 F08 40'22.724
2. Corser T. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1 +1.468
3. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 F08 +3.272
4. Biaggi M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 +3.475
5. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR +3.791
6. Haga N. (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1 +9.120
7. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +9.358
8. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR +11.787
9. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +17.228
10. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR1000RR +17.705
Bayliss followed up his maiden victory at Brno with another win in Race 2. After appearing to have the race in hand,
Troy Corser (11) battled rival Troy Bayliss (21) for the win in Race 1 but in Race 2 Corser was off the pace in 4th place.
Bayliss faded near the end but had enough left in the tank to hold off Fabrizio by 0.928 seconds.
"In Race 2 the other guys were coming fast towards the end, and I didn't have much left to give, but I held on and am extremely happy with the result. Well done to Michel too who rode two great races here today," Bayliss said.
Fabrizio once again made a passing move on the final lap to edge Biaggi out of second place.
"Fabrizio was my shadow today! It was very tough here, but I tried my best and in the last lap he came so close and overtook me. I tried to come back and was desperate braking on the last corner. Third place is good however, I rode in the top group all the time. Hopefully things will be better next race, but this is a good result," Biaggi said.
Corser was competitive again, but in Race 2 his rear tire spun on the wheel rim causing an out-of-balance vibration that prevented him from taking his second podium of the day. The Yamaha Motor Italia pilot was still able to finish in fourth place.
Alstare Suzuki's Max Neukirchner rounded out the Race 2 top five. The German rider had his work cut out for him after qualifying on the third row. Neukirchner still sits second in the point standings but now trails Bayliss by 79 points.
Brno Race 2 Results:
1. Bayliss T. (AUS) Ducati 1098 F08 40'16.436
2. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 F08 +0.928
3. Biaggi M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 +1.259
4. Corser T. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1 +1.785
5. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +3.942
6. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR +7.910
7. Haga N. (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1 +11.297
8. Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +11.375
9. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +13.103
10. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR1000RR +18.978