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2006 World Superbike Photo Gallery

2006 World Superbike - Check out the action in this MotorcycleUSA.com photo essay

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Valencia Test
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Valencia Test
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Valencia Test
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Yamaha's Andrew Pitt - Losail
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Winston Ten Kate James Toseland - Losail
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Shiek Salaam Al... Oh wait it's Troy Corser - Losail
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Troy Corser - Losail
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Alex Barros - Losail
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Troy Bayliss - Losail
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Karl Muggeridge - Losail
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Chili - Losail
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Lorenzo Lanzi - Losail
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Troy Bayliss - Losail
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Bayliss leaves Losail without a victory but leading in the championship points - Losail
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The difference between third and fourth in Race 2 - Losail
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Karl Muggeridge was one-upped by his Winston Ten Kate teammate Toseland - Losail
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Michel Fabrizio had a impressive WSB debut leaving Round 1 tied for fifth in the points - Losail
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Chili did alright in Race 1 but crashed hard in Race 2 - Losail
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Steve Martin logged two 18th-place finishes but still did better than his teammate Chris Jones who tallied two DNFs - Losail
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Kagayama's two DNFs are so heartbreaking because the Japanese rider was running near or at the top - Losail
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Haga walks over to Kagayama after he took out the Suzuki rider and himself on the final lap as they fought for the lead - Losail
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Andrew Pitt managed a podium in Race 1. The Australian was in the pack of six who were at the front in both races - Losail
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Haga is popular and very, very fast. Had he managed to stay on two wheels for 1 lap longer, he would be the points leader - Losail
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Corser was dominating throughout most of Race 2. When Bayliss challenged on the final lap, Corser answered - Losail
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Perhaps overlooked in the preseason prognostications, Toseland was strong and during post race interviews seems very keen on proving his worth - Losail
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The WSB Trojan War has begun, Losail the first of 13 rounds - Losail
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Troy Bayliss snatched his first victory of the season and maintains a 1-point lead in the championship - Phillip Island
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Troy Corser (1) leads double-podium finisher Alex Barros (4) - Phillip Island
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Yamaha Motor Italia's Nori Haga (41) didn't podium, but had a pair of strong 4th-place finishes - Phillip Island
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Karl Muggeridge's rotten season continued at Round 2 where the Australian garnered a pair of DNFs - Phillip Island
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Yamaha Motor Italia's Andrew Pitt has been one of the riders running with the front pack in a thoroughly stacked WSB field - Phillip Island
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James Toseland is riding hard for the championship and grabbed a 2nd and 3rd - Phillip Island
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Klaffi Honda's Alex Barros snagged two podium finishes in a strong round for Honda - Phillip Island
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Xerox Ducati - Troy Bayliss - Phillip Island
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Foggy Petronas Racing - Craig Jones - Phillip Island
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Honda - Frankie Chili - Phillip Island
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Corser was able to claim a Race 1 victory, but faltered in Race 2 with a DNF - Phillip Island
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Bayliss was fastest yet again - Misano Test
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Tory Corser - Valencia
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Steve Martin - Valencia
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Bayliss and Lanzi are ready to go - Valencia
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Bayliss and Lanzi celebrate their double-podium performances after Race 2 - Valencia
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Norick Abe claimed his best result of the year with a pair of fourth-place finishes - Valencia
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Alex Barros tanked at Valencia with a 11-14 result - Valencia
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Troy Bayliss jumped to a commanding championship lead with a double-victory performance - Valencia
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Corser came up short to the wrong person, claiming two second-place finishes but losing ground to Bayliss - Valencia
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Haga missed the podium again with a pair of fifth-placed finishes - Valencia
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Kagayama crashed hard in qualifying and then again in Race 2 - Valencia
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Lorenzo Lanzi had a breakout weekend with a double-podium performance - Valencia
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James Toseland took a huge hit in the points with a disappointing 9-11 result - Valencia
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Noriyuki Haga - Monza
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Corser takes the Superpole at Monza
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Bayliss takes another pair of wins at Monza
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Ruben Xaus at Monza
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Troy Corser and something on his head - Silverstone
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Corser crashed out of Race 1 at Silverstone
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No one can seem to beat Bayliss, with the Aussi riding on a seven-race winning streak - Silverstone
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Haga was the closest challenger to Bayliss, leading for much of Race 1 - Silverstone
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Surprise Superpole winner Tommy Hill finished 12th in both races - Silverstone
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Bayliss seems to have the championship in hand, if he can stay healthy - Silverstone
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Chili's return from a nasty crash at the earlier Misano test, which left him with a broken pelvis, may not have been earthshattering, but it shows you can't keep a good man down - Misano
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'No, please, it was nothing.' No rider was more deserving of a podium celebration this season than the long-suffering Kagayama - Misano
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Andrew Pitt's first-ever WSB victory was a beauty. The key is getting Troy Bayliss to fall back to 12th - Misano
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There was a strong Yamaha presence on the Race 2 podium - Misano
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Kagayama's year has been one to forget, but not Race 1 at Misano - Misano
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Toseland was able to better Haga in Race 1, but in the second contest he finished a lackluster eighth - Misano
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Andrew Pitt's Race 2 victory wasn't just his best WSB result of the year, it was his first-ever win in the series - Misano
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With Corser's two DNFs, Yukio Kagayama stepped up to snare a podium and another Top-5 finish for the Corona Suzuki squad - Misano
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Haga's 5-3 result wasn't the greatest ever, but thanks to Corser's misfortune, Nitro Nori rocketed up to second-place in the championship - Misano
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Barros tries to track down the elusive Bayliss - Misano
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Barros snagged another podium in Race 2 - Misano
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Troy Corser has a miserable outing, ending the day with two DNFs to his credit and dropping to fourth in the championship - Misano
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Troy Bayliss is in total control of the WSB championship with a 94-point lead to his credit - Misano
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Kagayama can look back on at least one triumphant round in 2006 with his double at Brno.
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Haga got a 4-3 result at Brno, but failed to take full advantage of Bayliss's mistakes - Brno
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Shinichi Nakatomi snagged a top-10 result in Race 1 - Brno
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Haga retains second-place in the championship, but Bayliss is 73 points ahead - Brno
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The two ducs did not have a great day, with points-leader Bayliss grabbing a DNF and eighth-place finish - Brno
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Toseland snagged a decent 2-5 result at Brno, but with Bayliss down and out he missed a golden opportunity to make up lost ground - Brno.
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Will Kagayama begin a late season charge? - Brno.
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Honda rookie Michel Fabrizio came out of nowhere to lodge a double-podium performance - Brno.
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His main rival out of the picture, Corser was unable to podium with a 5-4 result - Brno.
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Working his way back from injury, Chili was able to snare a 10th-place finish in Race 1 - Brno.
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Barros had a rotten weekend, earning a DNF and 11th-place finish - Brno
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Ducati's Troy Bayliss rides like a man of steel - Brands Hatch
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland leads Troy Corser - Brands hatch
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Barros earned a 8-9 result, not bad considering he didn't make the Superpole by qualifying in 18th - Brands Hatch
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Toseland and company - Brands Hatch
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The Bayliss win pushed Ducati up over the 250 mark - Brands Hatch
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Yes the cape made it up to the podium... Yeesh - Brands Hatch
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Muggeridge crashed out twice, making a bad season even worse - Brands Hatch
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Corser's stock has plummeted in 2006 to mere mortal status - Brands Hatch
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Yamaha Motor France-Ipone's Norrick Abe - Brands Hatch
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Toseland was second in Race 1, but couldn't find the podium in the second contest, finishing fifth - Brands Hatch
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Wild card entry Tommy Hill didn't create as big a stir this time as his Silverstone Superpole did - Brands Hatch
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Kagayama leads PSG-1 Kawasaki rider Chris Walker - Brands Hatch
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Andrew Pitt leads Troy Corser through the turn - Brands Hatch
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Haga managed to take a win, but still fell further behind Bayliss - Brands Hatch
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Xerox Ducati's Troy Bayliss - Assen
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's Karl Muggeridge - Assen
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Xerox Ducati's Lorenzo Lanzi - Assen
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland - Assen
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PSG-1 Kawasaki's Chris Walker won his first World Superbike race at Assen.
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Ducati Xerox rider Troy Bayliss celebrates his race 2 win at Assen.
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's Karl Muggeridge (31) leads teammate James Toseland (52) in race one Assen.
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Nori Haga would like to forget his 2006 Assen experience.
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Yamaha Italia's Andrew Pitt had a near perfect trip to Assen with a pair of second place finishes.
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Bayliss was lucky to finish Race 1 after a crash and cutting a corner across the grass, but he earned a seventh-place result - Lausitzring
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Troy Bayliss got the front spot via his Superpole success, but he was unable to translate that into wins on Sunday - Lausitzring
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Yukio Kagayama had an excellent Sunday at Lausitzring, taking the checkers in Race 1 and just missing the podium in Race 2 with a fourth-place performance - Lausitzring
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Bayliss was leading Race 1, then came the crash and the grass - Lausitzring
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Nitro Nori made up some ground, but it could have been more if those 2s would have been 1s - Lausitzring
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Andrew Pitt has an excellent Race 1 but botched the second contest - Lausitzring
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Disappointment in Race 1 was replaced by dominance in Race 2 for James Toseland - Lausitzring
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Tosleand gets his podium champagne form back at Race 2 - Lausitzring
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Kagayama had a pretty good weekend at Germany, but Corser had a positive Race 1 podium then had troubles in Race 2 - Lausitzring
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Toseland had some trouble getting around teammate, Muggeridge, in Race 1 but was able to get in done in Race 2 - Lausitzring
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Steve Martin has been fighting the good fight on the FP1 for the Foggy Petronas squad, but next year the Australian vet will run on the DFX Treme Honda team in 2007.
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If you already have the title, why not win the next race just for kicks? - Imola
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What might have been... If not for the Catalunya episode, Ducati could be celebrating championships in WSB and MotoGP - Imola
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Bayliss was pleased with his season and title - Imola
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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the new WSB champion, Troy Bayliss - Imola
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The Alstare Suzukis had mixed fortunes, with Kagayama getting a third-place podium in Race 2 alonside Corser's 9th, but both DNF'd the first race - Imola
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Chili's final WSB season is coming to an end - Imola
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Alex Barros rode strong and snatched his first-ever win in WSB - Imola
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Michel Fabrizio has had some memorable moments from his rookie season in WSB and his double-DNF at Imola was not one of the good ones - Imola
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Is Karl Muggeridge going to hold on to his Winston Ten Kate ride after this season? He did his best to justify it with a pair of 8th-place finishes - Imola
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Max Neukirchner had a pair of crashout DNFs - Imola
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Barros, Bayliss, and Kagayama made up the Race 2 podium - Imola
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Andrew Pitt snagged another podium in Race 1 - Imola
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James Toseland was able to overtake Haga for second in the points with his 2-5 result - Imola
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A lot of the top riders got podiums at Imola, but Haga was not among them with a 4-6 line - Imola
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Alex Barros has seen the podium many times throughout his long racing career, including several this season in WSB, but Race 1 at Imola was his first win in the WSB series - Imola
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DFXtreme Honda's Frankie Chili - Imola
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PSG-1 Kawasaki's Regis Laconi - Imola
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Yamaha Motor Germany's Kevin Curtain is leading the championship chase heading into the final round at Magny-Cours - World Supersport
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's Sebastien Charpentier will need some Dukes of Hazzard-style good fortune to claim the title in the final round at Magny-Cours - World Supersport
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's Sebastien Charpentier celebrates his unlikely come from behind World Supersport championship victory with a win at Magny-Cours.
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Fonsi Nieto had a poor closing round, with a pair of DNFs to his credit - Magny-Cours
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Regis Laconi earned ninth in Race1 but then doubled the number in Race 2 at 18th - Magny-Cours
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Muggers had another rough go, earning a DNF in Race 1, although he did manage a sixth-place result in Race 2 - Magny-Cours
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Chris Walker tallied a solid 6-8 line on his PSG-1 Kawasaki - Magny-Cours
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Lanzi's future remains uncertain - Magny-Cours
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Corser was battling hard on Sunday - Magny-Cours
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It was a bittersweet day for Chili, being the final race of his long career - Magny-Cours
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Alex Barros dropped off from his impressive Imola round to finish 7-10 at Magny-Cours.
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Toseland and Haga battled all weekend, but Toseland was able to best his Japanese rival - Magny-Cours
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Kagayama managed one top-five finish - Magny-Cours
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Corser was a strong contender during the final round, something he has struggle to be at times in '06 - Magny-Cours
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While Corser smokes, Bayliss motors away with the 2007 WSB championship - Magny-Cours