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2005 World Superbike Photo Gallery

2005 World Superbike - Check out the action in this MotorcycleUSA.com photo essay

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Noriyuki Haga gets some advice from Yamaha brass.
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Andrew Pitt testing the R1 at Phillip Island.
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Ducati and Xerox have a two year deal.
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Toseland & Laconi with their new Ducati 999R.
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James Toseland prepares to go out on the wet Ricardo Tormo track.
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The Winston Ten Kate Honda team was launched at a glittering affair in the Rolling Stone event hall in the heart of Milan, Italy.
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Haga's R1
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Abe's R1
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Corser's Alstare Corona Suzuki GSX-R1000
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Walker's Foggy Petronas racing FP-1
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Toseland's Ducati Xerox F05 999
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All the 2005 WSBK contenders
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Ducati Xerox - Claudio Domenicali and his riders Regis Laconi and James Toseland
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Foggy Petronas - Chris Walker and Garry McCoy
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Alstare Corona Suzuki - Troy Corse & Yukio Kagayama
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Toseland looks good with that number one plate.
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Team PSG-1 Kawasaki - Chris Walker and Mauro Sanchini
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Yamaha France - Norick Abe & Sebastien Gimbert
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Yamaha Motor Italia - Haga Noriyuki Haga and Andrew Pitt
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Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen - Qatar
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Yamaha Italy's Sebastien Gimbert surprised everyone by qualifying 3rd - Qatar
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Ducati Xerox's Regis Laconi claimed pole at Qatar.
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Yamaha Italy's Nori Haga - Qatar
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Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki's Yukio Kagayama - Qatar
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Regis Laconi celebrates his podium finish - Qatar
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Steve Martin rode the Foggy Petronas FP-1 to a 15th in race 1 - Qatar
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The 2005 WSB season gets off to a start in race one - Qatar
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Troy Corser (11) and Yukio Kagayama dominated the opening round of the 2005 WSB series at Qatar.
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Frankie Chili - Qatar
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Karl Muggeridge shows off his new Winston Ten Kate Honda colors - Qatar
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James Toseland (1) didn't exactly post the results he had hoped for - Qatar
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Ben Bostrom (155) battles Kirchner for that final point in race 1 - Qatar
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Noriyuki Haga - Yamaha Italy
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Troy Corser - Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki
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Foggy Petronas racing's Steve Martin - Phillip Island
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Karl Muggeridge aboard the Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR - Phillip Island
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Corona Extra Suzuki pilot Yukio Kagayama - Phillip Island
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Regis Laconi looking fast on the Ducati Xerox 999R - Phillip Island
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Troy Corser set the pace early on his Corona Extra Suzuki GSX-R1000 - Phillip Island
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Troy Corser takes a victory lap at Phillip Island.
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Corona Extra Suzuki has dominated the first two rounds of teh 2005 season thanks to Kagayama (71) and Corser (11) - Phillip Island
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Klaffi Honda’s 21-year old Max Neukirchner claimed his first career podium in only his second World Superbike race – Phillip Island
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Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki's Troy Corser (11) grabs the early lead at Valencia.
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Altare Suzuki's Troy Corser took the win in the first leg of racing at Monza and he remains at the top of the points chase after his third in Race 2.
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Garry McCoy on the Foggy Petronas FP1 - Monza
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Klaffi Honda's Frankie Chili- Monza
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Ben Bostrom aborad the Renegade Honda - Monza
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Andrew Pitt (88) has James Toseland (1) on his ass - Monza
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Alstare Suzuki's Yukio Kagayama - Monza
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Chris Vermeulen (77) in the thick of the action - Monza
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Steve Martin on the FP1 - Monza
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James Toseland (1) leads Regis Laconi (55) - Monza
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Chris Vermeulen on the brakes entering Ascari - Monza
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Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki's Troy Corser on the gas - Monza
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Karl Muggeridge leads a group of riders on his way to a fourth in race 2 - Monza
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'Nitro' Nori Haga had a best finish of 9th in race 2 - Monza
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Troy Corser (11) grabs the holeshot in race 1 - Monza
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen on his way to victor in race 2 - Monza
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Troy Corser (11) leads Kagayama (71) and Laconi on the way to his win in race 1 - Monza
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Renegade Honda's Ben Bostrom had a visit to Silverstone he would rather forget - Silverstone
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Ducati Xerox's Regis Laconi celebrates a first race win - Silverstone
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Ducati Xerox swept the top spots with a second race victory with James Toseland at the controls - Silverstone
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Aussie Garry McCoy battles in race two -Silverstone
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Garry McCoy surprisingly upbeat after Imperial stormtroopers take him into custody - Silverstone
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Honda's Chili finished a consistent 5th in both races - Silverstone
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Honda's Chris Vermeulen matched Chili's consistency, but one place ahead, by notching two 4th place finishes - Silverstone
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Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki's Troy Corser had two second place finishes, still in command of champion point standings with 222 - Silverstone
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Silverstone 2005
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After not finishing the first race, Yamaha's Haga (51) finshed 3rd in the second, right behind point leader Corser (11) - Silverstone
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Corona Extra Suzuki's Troy Corser - Silverstone
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Yamaha's Noriyuki Haga finished 6th in Race 1, 6th in Race 2, and stands 6th in championship points. Yep thats 666. Relax its just a number... that totally rocks. His sponsors may disagree but that just might be cooler than actually winning - Misano
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Renegade Honda's Ben Bostrom finished 14th in Race 1 and DNF'd Race 2. He sits 18th in championship points - Misano
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Foggy Petronas Racing's Steve Martin in action - Misano
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Yamaha's Andrew Pitt is 9th in championship points with 70, but didn't help his cause with two DNFs - Misano
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Klaffi Honda's Max Neukirchner brought out yet another red flag this season with a race 1 crash - Misano
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Xerox Ducati's James Toseland took two 4th place finishes and stands 5th overall with 124 championship points - Misano
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Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama finished with a disappointing DNF and 12th, yet still hangs in at 4th overall in championship points - Misano
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Winston Ten Kate Honda rider Chris Vermeulen is second in championship points with 181, but Corser has a 73 point lead - Misano
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Xerox Ducati's Regis Laconi was impressive with a double victory - Misano
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Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki pilot Troy Corser took 3rd but holds a commanding lead on overall championship points with 254 - Misano
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World Superbike action gets underway - Misano
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen finished second in both races - Misano
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World Superbike riders rip around a turn in front of the cheering fans - Misano
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Honda's Ben Bostrom had a frustrating week at Brno, finishing well out of the points with 18th and 20th places - Brno
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Yamaha's Norick Abe missed the podium in Race 2 when Chris Vermeulen overtook him in the final two laps - Brno
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Honda's Pierfrancesco Chili fought hard to take two 5th place finishes - Brno
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The large contingency of Germans fans were disappointed when Neukirchner finished 14th in Race 1 and DNF in Race 2 - Brno
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In Race 2 Noriyuki Haga became the first rider to claim a victory not having qualified in the top 16 in practice - Brno
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Ducati's James Toseland place 2nd in Race 1 but faded to 8th in Race 2 - Brno
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Ducati's Regis Laconi came off his double victory at Misano with a 3rd and 6th place showing - Brno
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Foggy Petronas' Steve Martin finished 16th and 17th, while teammate Gary McCoy did not race due to a controversial crash in practice - Brno
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Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki ace Troy Corser took Race 1 and dominates the championship points - Brno
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Yukio Kagayama place 11th in both races and stands 4th in championship points with 148 - Brno
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Yamaha's Andrew Pitt struggle again this week placing 10th in Race 1 and DNF in Race 2 due to a slipping clutch - Brno
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Suzuki's Troy Corser stole the win from Haga on the final lap of race one at Brands Hatch.
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Troy Corser celebrates his fine race one victory - Brands Hatch
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Yamaha Italia's Noriyuki Haga leads Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki pilot Troy Corser - Brands Hatch
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Here Haga and Corser are on the gas hard - Brands Hatch
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Steve Martin scored the lone single point for the disappointed Foggy Petronas Team with a 15th place finish in Race 1 - Brands Hatch
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Yamaha's Norick Abe finished 11th in Race 1 but crashed out of Race 2 in a collision with Steve Martin - Brands Hatch
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Haga dueled with Corser all day, settling for second in Race 1 but claiming victory in Race 2 - Brands Hatch
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Race 1 podium - Brands Hatch
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Yamaha's Andrew Pitt was in contention for both race scoring a 7th and 6th - Brands Hatch
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American Ben Bostrom started from the back of the pack but finished 10th and 12th - Brands Hatch
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen placed 4th and 3rd but still lost ground in championship points to the front-runner Corser - Brands Hatch
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Karl Muggeridge took 6th in Race 1 but crashed out of Race 2 and suffering a broken hand - Brands Hatch
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Klaffi Honda's Max Neukirchner 10th and 12th place finishes - Brands Hatch
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Veteran rider Pierfrancesco Chili bounced back from a Race 1 crashout to take 13th in Race 2 - Brands Hatch
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Win Win - That's what Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen did at Assen: The Double.
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Yamaha Italia's Noriyuki Haga went 3-2 - Assen
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Ducati Xerox's James Toseland went 2-3 - Assen
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Renegade Koji Honda's Ben Bostrom was 10th in Race 2 - Assen
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Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki's Troy Corser went 4-4 at Assen
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Frankie Chili (7) leads Steve Martin - Assen
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Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki's Yukio Kagayama - Assen
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen was on the gas - Assen
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Yamaha's Andrew Pitt battled with the lead pack in both races on the way to 5-5 finishes - Assen
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Ducati Xerox's James Toseland was pumped about finishing second in race 1 - Assen
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Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki's Troy Corser has a big lead in the championship - Assen
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Chris Vermeulen puts some distance between himself and Haga (41) - Assen
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Yamaha's Noriyuki Haga (41) actually led for a while but Vermeulen (77) was determined to get around him - Assen
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Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen tries to hold off Suzuki's Troy Corse in race 1 - Assen
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Yamaha's 'Nitro' Nori Haga (41) gets the jump on the field - Assen
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TeDucati Xerox's Lorenzo Lanzi scored fourth in Friday's qualifier - Lausitz
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's Karl Mugeridge - Lausitzring
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Yamaha Italia's Noriyuki Haga - Lausitzring
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Renegade Koji Honda's Ben Bostrom - Lausitzring
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Yamaha Italia's Andrew Pitt - Lausitzring
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Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen - Lausitzring
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Ducati Xerox pilot James Toseland - Lausitzring
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Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki's Troy Corser - Lausitzring
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Ducati Xerox's Lorenzo Lanzi - Lausitzring
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Corser managed a Race 1 podium but finished well off the pace in Race 2 at 13th - Lausitzring
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The group makes the turn - Lausitzring
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Yukio Kagayama managed a fifth and fourth place finish - Lausitzring
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Vermeulen, Lanzi, and Haga on the podium - Lausitzring
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Chris Vermeulen and Lorenzo Lanzi split the victories - Lausitzring
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Steve Martin - Foggy Petronas Racing - Imola
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Ducati's Regis Laconi logged a top-ten finish with ninth overall - Imola
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James Toseland fought with Haga for the podium, but came up short and ended with a fourth-place finish - Imola
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Kagayama came up way short with a DNF - Imola
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Corser's victory may have been anticlimactic due to the Race 2 cancellation, but it shouldn't take away from a dominating 2005 performance - Imola
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The epic showdown between Corser and Vermeulen was clipped in very unepic fashion by bad weather forcing a Race 2 cancellation - Imola
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Chili's day ended with a disappointing DNF - Imola
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Corser and Vermeulen dueled for the Race 1 victory, with Vermeulen coming out on top - Imola
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Haga rounded out the podium taking third behind Corser and Vermeulen - Imola
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Yamaha's Andrew Pitt finished way in the back at 15th, but finish he did something Kagayama, Chili, and Lanzi were unable to do - Imola
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Klaffi Honda rider Frankie Chili finished out the WSB season 10th in the standings - Magny-Cours
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Muggeridge and Foggy Petronas' Steve Martin both got pretty banged up in this crash - Magny-Cours
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Winston Ten Kate pilot Karl Muggeridge finished Race 1 in fourth, but ran into some serious trouble with a Race-2 crash - Magny-Cours
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Vermeulen would have liked a final showdown with Corser for the championship but it didn't work out that way - Magny-Cours
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Klaffi Honda's Max Neukirchner finished 8th in both contests - Magny-Cours
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Chris Vermeulen hugs a corner. The Winston Ten Kate Honda rider won Race 1 but DNF's Race 2 due to a mechanical snafu - Magny-Cours
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Ducati's James Toseland leads Winston Ten Kate Honda's Karl Muggeridge - Magny-Cours
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The Race 1 podium had Vermeulen on top followed by Kagayama and Toseland - Magny-Cours
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Yukio Kagayama finished out the 2005 season strong, claiming two 2nd-place finishes - Magny-Cours
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Even though the championship was over last week, Troy Corser still logged a pair of top-5 finishes - Magny-Cours
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2005 World Superbike Champion Troy Corser holding a crocodile? Well he is Australian so it makes sense - Magny-Cours
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Haga leads a pack through a turn. The Yamaha pilot was grabbed a third-place podium in Race 2 - Magny-Cours