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SPOILER- Phillip Island Results

WSB : Two fourths for Haga in Australia
Round: 2 - Australia
Circuit: Phillip Island
Date: 5 March 2006
Crowd: 55000
Temp: 25C
Weather: Sunny

Yamaha Motor Italia rider Noriyuki Haga battled traction problems to
grab a brace of fourth places at round two of the Superbike World
Championship at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia.

The popular Japanese rider rode hard in the day's two 22-lap races to
score 26 valuable points over the two races. Haga had run at the front
of the day's opening race but faded when his rear traction reduced at
around half-distance. Despite running a somewhat lonely fifth for most of
the race, the 31-year-old continued to ride hard to pass a fading Troy
Bayliss (Ducati) and fend off a late charge from Roberto Rolfo
(Ducati). Race two saw Haga make some further suspension changes to lead a
thrilling battle at the front with Bayliss, James Toseland (Honda), Alex
Barros (Honda), Troy Corser (Suzuki) and Yamaha Motor Italia team-mate
Andrew Pitt. A nasty crash for Corser saw the Yamaha riders take avoiding
action and let Bayliss and Toseland build a gap. The Yamaha pair was
able to stay in touch with Barros in the battle for third but the lack of
traction saw them settle for fourth and fifth place at the flag.

Pitt was made to pay for an incorrect tyre choice in race one. The
Australian chose a harder compound Pirelli tyre, which stopped him running
at the same pace as the leaders in the opening laps. Stuck in a
thrilling mid-pack battle for most of the race, he ended the race a subdued
ninth. For race two he chose the same softer compound tyre as his rivals
and was able to run with the leaders, eventually finishing fifth, just
behind Haga.

The Yamaha Motor France squad had a difficult weekend in Australia.
Still running their 2005-specification engines, the team's only points
came from former MotoGP rider Norick Abe, who took 12th in race two.
Fellow Japanese rider Shinichi Nakatomi crashed out of race one, before
continuing his world superbike education with 19th in race two. The team's
third rider, Frenchman Sebastien Gimbert, retired from the opener with
set-up problems before following home Nakatomi in 20th place in race

Race one was won by Corser after a race long fight with Barros.
Toseland finished third. Bayliss had led the opener by six seconds after
obliterating the lap record on lap two. However, the Australian dropped back
to eventually finish six, behind Haga and Rolfo. He gained revenge in
race two, winning comfortably from Toseland, with Barros taking another
podium in third. Bayliss now leads the championship on 75 points, one
ahead of Toseland. Pitt leads the Yamaha riders, in fifth place with 45
points, with Haga sixth on 42 points.

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia)
"I tried to push hard in both races but unfortunately at the end the
tyre is gone and this means I cannot open the throttle and turn the bike
properly in both races. The performance of the bike is very good at the
beginning of the race but unfortunately after seven or eight laps the
performance drops off quite a lot."

Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia)
"In the first race I used a different type of rear tyre to most of the
other riders and it did not work all that well in the early stages of
the race. We used a different compound rear tyre for the second race and
this meant that I was at least able to get away at the start, although
the consistency is still not there over the race distance."

Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France)
"From race one to race two we got on a little bit better, because we
changed a lot of settings. We had no grip at the end of race one, sliding
all the time, and lots of chatter as well. My lap times were into the
1:36s; slower than I expect. In the second race it was better but our
engine was not fast this weekend so I could only follow other riders and
had to catch up in the corner entries. Finally I got a 12th in race
two, so we scored some points."

Shinichi Nakatomi (Yamaha Motor France)
"We did not have the grip from the rear we wanted and that held my lap
times back. It was a very difficult weekend. I pushed hard in the first
race and lost the front end trying to pass another rider. We finished
race two, but to score no points is disappointing."

Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator - Yamaha Motor Italia)
"It has not been an easy weekend for us but in the end we have scored
some good points for the championship. There is less grip here than in
Qatar and both our riders have struggled for traction all weekend. We
did not test at Phillip Island over the winter and although we found a
little bit more today, it wasn't quite enough to allow us to run at the
very front. There are a few other low grip circuits like this and we
must work hard to improve our performances at these kind of tracks."

Martial Garcia (Team Manager - Yamaha Motor Italia)
"A very bad day. We had many chassis set-up problems, and we did not
find the same grip we had in January, when we were very happy with the
settings. I think we did not make a good job, because we did not find a
good solution. Phillip Island is a special circuit and a lot depends on
weather. We have some tests before the next race and we will use our
new engine, which is more powerful. Abe is mentally very strong and I
know that he can come through this difficult period strongly. The others
we must help to build their confidence."

Race classification WSB

Round: 2 - Australia
Circuit: Phillip Island
Circuit Length: 4448
Lap Record: 1' 32.402 (Troy Bayliss, 2006)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1' 32.081 (Troy Bayliss, 2006)

Race: 22 Laps
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Total Time
1 T. Corser Suzuki AUS 34' 33.545
2 A. Barros Honda BRA +0.450
3 J. Toseland Honda GBR +7.974
4 N. Haga Yamaha JPN +15.121
5 R. Rolfo Ducati ITA +16.292
6 T. Bayliss Ducati AUS +17.120
7 R. Xaus Ducati ESP +17.192
8 F. Nieto Kawasaki ESP +22.457
9 A. Pitt Yamaha AUS +22.490
10 C. Walker Kawasaki GBR +23.176
11 L. Lanzi Ducati ITA +28.347
12 Y. Kagayama Suzuki JPN +28.413
13 R. Laconi Kawasaki FRA +28.833
14 S. Martin Petronas AUS +28.977
15 M. Fabrizio Honda ITA +29.122
17 N. Abe Yamaha JPN +30.955

Race 2: 22 Laps
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Total Time
1 T. Bayliss Ducati AUS 34' 33.803
2 J. Toseland Honda GBR +5.528
3 A. Barros Honda BRA +14.312
4 N. Haga Yamaha JPN +16.208
5 A. Pitt Yamaha AUS +17.656
6 Y. Kagayama Suzuki JPN +20.832
7 R. Rolfo Ducati ITA +21.130
8 R. Xaus Ducati ESP +25.224
9 F. Nieto Kawasaki ESP +25.638
10 C. Walker Kawasaki GBR +26.007
11 M. Fabrizio Honda ITA +32.867
12 N. Abe Yamaha JPN +33.171
13 M. Neukirchner Ducati GER +33.211
14 P. Chili Honda ITA +34.314
15 S. Martin Petronas AUS +34.467
17 S. Gimbert Yamaha FRA +49.214
19 S. Nakatomi Yamaha JPN +49.120

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Total Time
1 T. Bayliss Ducati AUS 1' 32.402

Championship standings WSB

Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Points
1 Troy Bayliss Ducati AUS 75
2 James Toseland Honda GBR 74
3 Troy Corser Suzuki AUS 63
4 Alex Barros Honda BRA 55
5 Andrew Pitt Yamaha AUS 45
6 Noriyuki Haga Yamaha JPN 42
7 Roberto Rolfo Ducati ITA 32
8 Michel Fabrizio Honda ITA 25
9 Ruben Xaus Ducati ESP 24
10 Fonsi Nieto Kawasaki ESP 19
11 Lorenzo Lanzi Ducati ITA 15
12 Norick Abe Yamaha JPN 14
13 Yukio Kagayama Suzuki JPN 14
14 Chris Walker Kawasaki GBR 12
15 Karl Muggeridge Honda AUS 11
21 Sebastien Gimbert Yamaha FRA 3

Manufacturers standings WSB

Pos. Manufacturer Points
1 Honda 78
2 Ducati 76
3 Suzuki 73
4 Yamaha 58
5 Kawasaki 22
6 Petronas 3

WSS : Double podium for Yamaha Motor Germany
Round: 2 - Australia
Circuit: Phillip Island
Date: 5 March 2006
Crowd: 55000
Temp: 24C
Weather: Sunny

Yamaha Motor Germany riders Kevin Curtain and Broc Parkes took their
first double podium finish of the year at round two of the Supersport
World Championship in Philip Island.

The Australian riders were involved in a race-long battle with world
champion Sebastien Charpentier (Honda), with the two R6 riders breaking
the lap record in the opening stages as they applied pressure to the
Frenchman. Parkes demonstrated the new R6's speed by setting a new lap
record on lap three, just minutes after Curtain had lowered Katsuaki
Fujiwara's three year old record. Curtain passed Charpentier at MG corner to
take the lead on lap five. However the two Yamaha riders succumbed to
rear end traction problems in the later stages of the race, allowing
Charpentier to take the win, while the Yamaha men rode sensibly to bring
their machines home for valuable championship points.

Yamaha Team Italia riders Massimo Roccoli and Gianluca Vizziello
brought their R6s home in tenth and 13th places respectively. FIM Superstock
1000 Cup champion Didier van Keymeulen finished 14th, with Javier Fores
gaining a point for 15th. Former world superbike race winner Anthony
Gobert ran as high as fifth on his GMT94 entered R6 but retired with
set-up problems.

Charpentier's win extends his championship lead to 10 points over
second placed Curtain. Parkes' 16 points for third place moves him to fifth
in the standings with two of the 13 races gone.

Round three of the race takes place at the Ricardo Tormo circuit close
to Valencia in Spain on April 23. Prior to that, the Yamaha Motor
Germany squad will undertake tests in Misano and Valencia, where they plan
to have new parts to increase the competitiveness of their machines.

Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Germany)
I got in front of Charpentier a couple of times but every time I
thought I could get a break on him, he came past again. It was close racing
but always fair, because Sebastien and I trust each other. It's the
first stage of race development for our new R6. So after Qatar and here, I
think we can say that the first stage is going pretty well. I can't
wait for the second stage - can't wait to get to Valencia now."

Broc Parkes (Yamaha Motor Germany)
"It's not my best result but I'm really happy to be on the podium here,
because it's my first one in Australia. Having only done a lap last
week this was really my first race of the season. I struggled to get my
lines flowing today and I probably geared the bike a bit too low. I was
able to run with Kevin and Seb in the opening laps, but when I was in
the slipstream the bike was hitting the rev-limiter, which I knew wasn't
good. I tried to stay with them but in the end it was better to take
the third than try anything silly. I'm looking forward to Valencia as it
is a track that suits my style."

Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia)
"I am quite satisfied to finish in the top 10 in my first race at this
circuit. I had a small problem with my braking, which meant that I
could not brake as hard as I like into the hairpin but we have no problem
with the traction and otherwise the bike was very good."

Gianluca Vizziello (Yamaha Team Italia)
"I am happy to get some points today. The front of the bike was sliding
quite a lot and this meant I could not push as hard as I liked in the
fast corners. So, some points are definitely better than none!"

Anthony Gobert (Yamaha GMT94)
"I had excessive chatter in the front, but I felt like I could still
get into the top five. It got so bad I had to stop. We looked at the bike
and everything seemed OK, but the chatter just continued and I had to

Terrell Thien (Team Manager - Yamaha Motor Germany)
"The early season results have gone well for us. Always our plan was to
get as many points as possible in these opening races so to get three
podium finishes is as good as we can expect. We expect to have our next
performance step for the Valencia race and as the championship goes to
Europe we must now target race wins."

Race classification WSS

Round: 2 - Australia
Circuit: Phillip Island
Circuit Length: 4448
Lap Record: 1' 36.399 (Broc Parkes, 2006)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1' 35.291 (Chris Vermeulen, 2003)

Race: 21 Laps
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Total Time
1 S. Charpentier Honda FRA 34' 1.822
2 K. Curtain Yamaha AUS +1.361
3 B. Parkes Yamaha AUS +7.796
4 Y. Tibero Honda FRA +16.788
5 R. Harms Honda DNK +16.798
6 J. Brookes Ducati AUS +21.250
7 J. Stigefelt Honda SWE +21.344
8 D. Thomas Kawasaki AUS +26.309
9 C. Zaiser Ducati AUT +26.515
10 M. Roccoli Yamaha ITA +26.515
11 S. Le Grelle Honda BEL +29.839
12 M. Sanchini Yamaha ITA +34.988
13 G. Vizziello Yamaha ITA +36.328
14 D. Van Keymeulen Yamaha BEL +37.402
15 X. Fores Yamaha ESP +38.574
19 V. Ivanov Yamaha RUS +1' 15.849
20 C. Peris Yamaha CAN +1' 23.477
21 D. Garcia Yamaha ITA +1' 29.998

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Total Time
1 B. Parkes Yamaha AUS 1' 36.399

Championship standings WSS

Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Points
1 Sebastien Charpentier Honda FRA 50
2 Kevin Curtain Yamaha AUS 40
3 Robbin Harms Honda DNK 21
4 Johan Stigefelt Honda SWE 20
5 Broc Parkes Yamaha AUS 16
6 Kenan Sofuoglu Honda TUR 16
7 Joshua Brookes Ducati AUS 16
8 Massimo Roccoli Yamaha ITA 15
9 Christian Zaiser Ducati AUT 15
10 Xavi Fores Yamaha ESP 14
11 Yoann Tibero Honda FRA 13
12 Gianluca Vizziello Yamaha ITA 10
13 Sebastien Le Grelle Honda BEL 10
14 Dean Thomas Kawasaki AUS 8
15 Mauro Sanchini Yamaha ITA 4
20 Didier Van Keymeulen Yamaha BEL 2
21 Gianluca Nannelli Yamaha ITA 1

Manufacturers standings WSS

Pos. Manufacturer Points
1 Honda 50
2 Yamaha 40
3 Ducati 18
4 Kawasaki 8
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Why are they using DNK as the accronym for Denmark, when the normal international accronym is DEN?

I only managed to catch the first of the WSBK races, before I just couldn't stay awake any longer.

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well i woke up at 03-45 GMT ran downstairs saw the highlights of Race 1

then saw Race 2 Live lucky me eh

Barros is doing really well i'm quite suprised he's using a stock motor at the moment and has hardly had any testing

so far it looks like a 5 way scrap between corser,haga,barros,toseland and Bayliss

damm sight more fun than last year
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Bayliss wins while Corser crashes out

Troy Bayliss won race two at Phillip Island for the second round of the Corona Extra World Superbike Championship. James Toseland took second and Alex Barros third.

Troy Corser crashed out of the race on lap four when he high sided at MG corner, he landed right in the middle of the track and unfortunately was clipped by Barros who only had a split second to avoid the prone rider, thankfully Corser is just bruised from the crash.

It looked like James Toseland and his new Winston Ten Kate Honda were going to take the top spot as he put an aggressive move on Haga early on to take the lead, which he held until lap fifteen. It was on this lap that Bayliss got past and started to pull a lead over the Brit. By the end of the race Bayliss was 5.528sec clear of Toseland with Barros 14.312secs from the leader.

Barros has had no testing pre season testing and has literally been thrown in the deep end, "Thanks to my team they are a good help to me," he said, "This is a fast track and I know it well. With the dry weather we have had a chance for some good set up time. I missed out a bit at the start and then with the incident with TroyI was worried he was hurt." At the moment the engine that Barros is running is fairly standard as he went on to say "It is hard to over take but is a production engine so I make safe move. We had not testing just straight to racing."

Second place rider Toseland explained what happened when he lost his lead "Bayliss out braked me into Honda and then pulled away. In a way he got his just deserts in that after what happened in race one. When he came past he was consistently fast, we are trying to push him hard. There is only one point between us. The Honda is a fantastic machine and I'm happy to be on the podium," he concluded.

"It's been a great weekend, I was disappointed after the first race but the second went well," said Bayliss "I just wanted to show James a wheel here and there, and see if he made a mistake which he didn't." After fading in race one Bayliss went for a harder tyre compound "The tyres worked good and with three laps to go I was nearly in the same place as I was in race one, so I was as delicate as I could be."


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Damn... I want Haga to win...
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Those WSB races were great to watch. Barros looks like he's going to have a good season. He's gotten off to a good start. It was a little scary to see Troy Corser take it in the head in the second race. That could have been really bad. Glad he made it out ok.
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I got a major kick in the teeth. At the exact moment the corser was highsiding, My cable went out. It came on after about 3 minutes so I got to see none of the crash footage. Speed has a replay on Tuesday though. I guess I have to watch it then.

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yea, reception was going in and out here too.

awesome...simply awesome. i can't even guess who's going to be at the top! i was pulling for alex, though....would be cool to see him win a title in his rookie year!

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man I'm watching race 1 now, lap 9 or so, Barros is GLUED to corsers back wheel, it's frightning, I've never seen somebody stalk somebody else so perfectly before, it's honestly like there's a bar between the bikes.

edit: just finished race1, all I can say is WOW, that was some of the best racing I've ever seen, great racecraft from both Barros and Corser.

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