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Bayliss increases Superbikes lead

Troy Bayliss
Bayliss maintained his consistent start to the season

Troy Bayliss extended his lead in the World Superbike Championship standings by taking second place in both races in the third round in Valencia on Sunday.

The Ducati rider, who has 128 points after three rounds, leads Fonsi Nieto of Spain by 48 points and fellow Australian Troy Corser by 56.

Lorenzo Lanzi of Italy rode his Ducati to victory in the first race in 37 minutes, 1.894 seconds.

Noriyuki Haga of Japan won the second race on his Yamaha in 37:3.759.

RG Ducati's Lanzi claimed race one amid controversy after Carlos Checa tangled with long-time race leader Max Neukirchner at the final corner.

The incident was doubly cruel on Team Alstare Suzuki rider Neukirchner, who was forced to miss race two after breaking his collarbone in the crash.

Yamaha Motor Italia rider Haga recovered from a race-one crash to claim victory in the second.

The result reignites his title charge after a dismal start to the season.

"Of course I am very happy for this result," said Haga. "It was a fast race and unlike the first I actually had a good feeling with the bike.

"I was quite surprised with the win, but we know what our problem is and the team improvised and found the solutions to let me take the win."

Race one winner Lanzi said: "For me it's a fantastic result. We worked very well throughout the weekend to get this result.

"It was a hard-fought race today, Troy Bayliss is a world champion and is very fast but you need a bit of good luck in racing and I certainly had it today."

Race One result:
1. Lorenzo Lanzi (Ita) Ducati, 37 mins 1.894 secs
2. Troy Bayliss (Aus) Ducati, @ 2.987
3. Troy Corser (Aus) Yamaha, 7.287.
4. Fonsi Nieto (Spa) Suzuki, @ 11.992
5. Carlos Checa (Spa) Honda, @ 12.824.
6. Karl Muggeridge (Aus) Honda, @ 13.125
7. Gregorio Lavilla (Spa) Honda, @ 13.191
8. Regis Laconi (Fra) Kawasaki, @ 13.906
9. Makoto Tamada (Jpn) Kawasaki, @ 17.254
10. Roberto Rolfo (Ita) Honda, @ 18.606

Race Two result:
1. Noriyuki Haga (Jpn) Yamaha, 37 mins, 3.759 secs
2. Troy Bayliss (Aus) Ducati, @ 1.551
3. Carlos Checa (Spa) Honda, @ 2.903
4. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Jpn) Honda, @ 7.277
5. Troy Corser, (Aus) Yamaha, @ 8.051
6. Yukio Kagayama (Jpn) Suzuki, @ 9.223
7. Ruben Xaus, (Spa) Ducati, @ 10.164
8. Max Biaggi (Ita) Ducati, @ 10.614
9. Regis Laconi (Fra) Kawasaki, @ 17.234
10. Fonsi Nieto (Spa) Suzuki, @ 18.100

Overall standings after three of 15 rounds:
1. Troy Bayliss 128 points
2. Fonsi Nieto 80
3. Troy Corser 72
4. Carlos Checa 72
5. Ruben Xaus 68
6. Noriyuki Haga 47
7. Max Biaggi 44
8. Lorenzo Lanzi 42
9. Max Neukirchner 39
10. Michel Fabrizio 37.

Constructor standings:
1. Ducati 140 points
2. Yamaha 95
3. Suzuki 86
4. Honda 73
5. Kawasaki 22

see also
Neukirchner takes Valencia pole
05 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes
Bayliss takes Aussie double win
02 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Bayliss impresses in Qatar opener
23 Feb 08 |  Motorbikes

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