Pre Race Stats
has started from pole at Brands Hatch in the last two editions, racking up only one win in race 1, 2006, his second after the victory in race 1 in 2000. Bayliss, with Corser and Haga, has collected eight podium placements at Brands Hatch and he is only one step away from the circuit record, belonging to Colin Edwards, who between 1995 to 2002 scored nine podium finishes;
Among the eight podium placements mentioned above, Troy Corser
has also scored three wins, in race 2 in 1996 and 1998 and in race 1 in 2005, and three pole positions (1995, 1998 and 2005);
scored points in his last three visits to the track, scoring his best result, a fourth place in race 2 last year;
scored four wins here (a double in 2004, race 2 in 2005 and race 2 in 2006) and he ranks second for wins at Brands Hatch behind Colin Edwards, who won six times at the British track;
The best result for Yukio Kagayama
is a fifth place, obtained in race 1 in 2006 and in race 2 in 2007;
climbed onto the podium in second place in race 1, 2004, and in race 1 in 2005 (third) out of twelve races run;
obtained his best results at Brands Hatch in his debut races here in 2005, when he classified eighth twice;
ran fourteen races in Brands Hatch from 1998 to 2003 with a fifth place as his best result, scored in race 2, 2000;
Brands Hatch is a difficult track for Karl Muggeridge
in the Superbike class, with four retirements out of six starts. He obtained his best result in his debut race, a sixth in race 1 in 2005. In the Supersport class Muggeridge won twice, in 2000 and 2004;
The best result for Max Neukirchner
is a tenth place, obtained in three races out of four;
retired three times out of six races run and obtained his best results in 2007 with a 12th and a 13th;
in 2005 dominated the Superstock 1000 race, scoring pole, win and fastest lap, and staying in the lead for the whole race. For him also two podium placements in third and second in the Supersport races run here in 2006 and 2007;
in race 1 last year managed to equal his best result at this track, a fourth place that he scored in 2003 when he was part of the official Ducati squad;
THE LAST THREE EDITIONS OF THE BRANDS HATCH RACE
- Corser was on pole with a surprising Karl Muggeridge behind him. In race 1 the fight for the win was an affair between Troy and Haga. The Japanese rider followed the Australian for the whole race and was also able to go in the lead in the final stages, however two laps from the end Corser was able to hit the front for good and went on to win.
In race 2 the fight was the same, with Haga who was able to maintain the lead throughout the race. Corser on the last lap attempted a desperate attack, but ended up in the gravel. Haga won and Troy after recovering was nevertheless able to finish second, such was the advantage of the pair on third placed Chris Vermeulen.
- The race could be divided into two halves: in the first Haga and Bayliss duelled for the lead, then on the 12th lap the Japanese rider started to experience tyre problems and slowed down slightly. As soon as Bayliss noticed that he jumped into the lead and pulled away, just as Toseland was reaching them. James passed Haga and ended second. This was Ducati's 250th win.
In race 2 there was a repetition of the Haga-Bayliss duel, but Noriyuki was able to maintain Bayliss' pace throughout the race. Haga went into the lead on the 21st lap, but Bayliss seemed to have everything under control. Troy was planning an attack in the final stages, but his plans took a serious blow when he touched the grass on the penultimate lap. This left him only one desperate try on the last lap. Haga was able to defend himself and came out as the winner in front of Bayliss.
- At the start Bayliss was able to take the lead from Toseland, Corser and Haga, pulling away from the rest of the pack, that also included Biaggi, who started sixth. The turning point of the race was on laps 4 and 5: at the beginning of the fourth Toseland passed Bayliss in turn 1, the Ducati rider was caught off guard and Haga was able to snatch second at Surtees with the bikes slightly touching. Bayliss was then forced to slow down and Corser took advantage to move into third, leaving the World Champion to drop from first to fourth in a matter of four turns. Bayliss was having none of it and at the beginning of the fifth lap passed Corser at Paddock Hill Bend, but a few meters further on, at Druids, he lost the front and slid on the ground and out of the race. From that moment on the race was in Toseland's hands. James pulled away, carving a 1.6 seconds gap between himself and Haga in three laps, extending it to two seconds on the thirteenth lap; however there was a major upset on lap 17 when Haga went wide at Surtees, losing twenty seconds and slipping down to thirteenth place. Corser was then second behind Toseland. Biaggi, taking part in a race at Brands Hatch for the first time, was a fortunate third.
In race 2 Bayliss was able to start as well as in race 1, only this time, with higher track temperatures, he had a sudden drop in tyre performance and let Toseland and Haga through. The couple pulled away and at the end of the first lap Bayliss had already lost contact from the lead and soon faded away. On the fourth lap Corser passed him and started to close the gap on the front. Toseland and Haga were fighting for the lead and allowed Troy to reach them. On the sixth lap there was a major setback for Biaggi: he was given a ride-through penalty for jumping the start. The Italian maybe could not have been able to fight for the win, but with the penalty he was definitely out of the contest. He eventually managed to fight back, finishing eighth. In front Toseland, Haga and Corser proceeded nose to tail up to five laps to the end, when Toseland pulled away from the Yamahas and went on to win all alone. He then gave his overalls to the crowd, coming back to the pits in his underpants.
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