Ducati Xerox's Troy Bayliss not only won Race 2, but rode home with the title of World Superbike champion for 2008.
Troy Bayliss could have ridden conservatively today at Magny Cours and still won the 2009 title. Instead, the Ducati Xerox rider went out and left no doubt about who deserves the World Superbike crown this year, wrapping up the title with a third-place finish in Race 1 followed by a winning effort in Race 2. In what is supposed to be his final year of professional road racing, Bayliss has been dominant in earning the third WSBK title of his career.
"This last championship has been up and down the whole year, everyone has been fast but a little bit inconsistent and that made it easier for me. Half-way through the year we were very confident but it was a case of not losing the title rather than winning it. I did what I set out to do and win three titles on three different Ducati machines, so that's a great achievement," Bayliss said.
Bayliss' victory also handed Ducati its 15th Manufacturers' title.
Yamaha Motor Italia's Noriyuki Haga continued his late season run by storming to the victory in Race 1. Ducati Xerox's Troy Bayliss grabbed the early lead, but once Haga executed his pass, there was no catching the Japanese rider.
"I was riding comfortably at the front in Race 1 to win so thanks to Yamaha and congratulations to Troy Bayliss, the champion of the world. Thanks to all in the team for all the hard work, and for the support from the fans. The last five laps of the second race I could not open the gas the way I wanted but Bayliss and I had a great fight for the win," Haga said.
Alstare Suzuki's Fonsi Nieto posted his best results since the first race of the season, claiming the second spot on the podium. Bayliss would finish in third and secure the World Superbike title.
Sterilgarda Go Eleven's Max Biaggi finished strong and crossed the line in fourth place, while Nieto's Alstare Suzuki teammate, Max Neukirchner, rounded out the Race 1 top five.
Bayliss and Haga would again dice it out in Race 2. With two laps to go, the Ducati Xerox rider worked his 1098 F08
Nitro Nori (41) lit it up in France, winning Race 1 and grabbing second in Race 2.
past Haga and held on to win by 0.909 seconds.
"It was a great race in the end, we made one change and put on a harder front tire for the second race. The grip was similar but more consistent during the race. I was struggling on the exits to the tight corner, losing a bit to Nori, but it's always like this. You lose some and gain some. I gave it my all, there wasn't much to lose, I put three good laps together at the end and it was a great win," Bayliss said.
Yamaha Motor Italia's Troy Corser grabbed the final spot on the podium, but lost second place in the overall standings to Haga. Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's Carlos Checa would cross the line fourth, while Sterilgarda Go Eleven teammates Ruben Xaus and Biaggi duked it out with Xaus winning the sprint to the finish line.
World Superbike Magny-Cours Results
1. 41 Haga N. (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1 38'33.367
2. 10 Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R1000 6.223
3. 21 Bayliss T. (AUS) Ducati 1098 F08 6.875
4. 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 7.237
5. 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000 8.925
6. 11 Corser T. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1 10.714
7. 7 Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 16.176
8. 34 Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000 22.661
9. 54 Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR1000RR 27.224
10. 36 Lavilla G. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 31.300
11. 55 Laconi R. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35.558
12. 31 Muggeridge K. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 35.774
1. 21 Bayliss T. (AUS) Ducati 1098 F08 38'33.579
2. 41 Haga N. (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1 0.909
3. 11 Corser T. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1 2.966
4. 7 Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 7.175
5. 111 Xaus R. (ESP) Ducati 1098 RS 08 12.822
6. 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 13.004
7. 34 Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000 18.876
8. 10 Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R1000 19.512
9. 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000 19.627
10. 44 Rolfo R. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 21.425
11. 57 Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 25.133
12. 36 Lavilla G. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 30.538