World Superbike - round 7

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) took the only win of the day at a rain-lashed Silverstone circuit as appalling weather conditions caused the second race to be called off. This was the third time a World Superbike race has been cancelled due to bad weather, following previous events at Phillip Island in 2001 and Imola in 2005. Troy battled throughout the 28-lap race with the Yamaha pair of Noriyuki Haga and Troy Corser for his third win of the year, which enabled him to make up 17 points on leader James Toseland (Honda), who crashed but remounted to finish eighth

In the only Superbike race of the day, Toseland fell at Priory Corner on lap three, dropped to 18th, but fought his way back to eighth at the flag. His machine had lost all its cooling water in the crash and the right hand handlebar was loosened off, making his eventual finish in the top ten a testimony to the integrity of his CBR1000RR’s engine and his own determination to defend his championship lead at all costs.

After qualifying third fastest in Superpole, Toseland had started well and after his astonishing fightback on a damaged bike, he now leads the championship by 23 points from second place Silverstone rider Noriyuki Haga. Max Biaggi is still overall third, on 201. Silverstone race winner Troy Bayliss is fourth, on 189. In the manufacturers’ Championship, Honda now leads by 14 points.

Toseland, who was out to take his first ever career double win in Superbike, knows that the points lead he continues to have is the main thing to take from the Silverstone weekend. He, like many other riders, wished to continue but the extreme rains that hit Silverstone shortly before the start of race two, added to the non-stop shower which had been falling all day, was enough for Race Direction to call the event to a halt at 1600hrs.

James Toseland : “I made a mistake in race one, but I was determined to re-mount the bike and claim as many points as possible. My handlebar was loose and I lost all the water from the engine because the water pipe came off in the crash. It was tough going but in the end I got eight crucial points and I still have the lead. Of course I am disappointed about race two – I am a racer and I was ready to race and get back the points lost in race one. However, I know that safety has to come first and I respect the decision of the organisers.”

Noriyuki Haga : “I’m a bit disappointed the race has been cancelled because I have lost out on the chance to take away even more points. The conditions out there are bad but I still would’ve wanted to race – that’s my job and I know the risks. At least no championship points have gone elsewhere. This morning I had a small high-side crash in the warm up session but it didn’t put me off in the race. I was more concerned about my suspension setting which wasn’t perfect. The twenty minute session this morning wasn’t long enough for me to find the best wet set up so I had to work with what I had. I am surprised at my result and getting fastest lap considering this but it’s a good result and I have even managed to reduce the points difference between myself and first place. I’m looking forward to Misano – at least it hardly ever rains there!”

Max Biaggi : "I think it was the right decision to cancel the second race because there was a lot of standing water on the track and the spray made it very hard to see where you were going. At the start of the first race I was behind Yukio and I could see he was having a lot of problems when he was on the gas. The bike kept going sideways - especially compared to the other riders. I nearly crashed myself and was lucky to get away with it. I highsided and the bike went one way and then the other. When I came back down on the bike, my right leg hit the footpeg with such force that it broke it. Today I brought the bike home and that is a big result for me."

Troy Bayliss : "Of course we're very happy for our team, Xerox, Shell and all of our sponsors because the first race went really well today. It's a shame about the second one, it looked as if it was easing off a bit but the track's got a lot of water in some of the corners, mud and everything. They pushed it off but the water keeps coming back and I'm sure there are going to be some disappointed people here today. We're sorry for everybody but that's racing sometimes. The first part had a lot of water and when you arrive at that chicane, it's in fifth gear and you're not in control when you arrive there aquaplaning. That's just silliness! Anyway now we move on and we're happy to have closed the gap down on James a little bit with the win. Also I'm disappointed because I feel very good and confident on the bike and it's possible I could have taken another win, who knows? Because sometimes it's days like this when the championship can turn around...."

Troy Corser : “I’m disappointed that the second race was cancelled because I was going well in the wet today and reckon I could’ve got another podium. I am pleased with my race one result as it’s the first time I have ridden the Yamaha in full wet conditions. I was running in first place but just couldn’t maintain it because of the conditions and I made a small mistake – when you make a mistake in this weather it can really affect you. I’m happy with the bike and also now with both wet and dry set up. With regard to race two there was so much water on the track I nearly crashed twice on the sighting lap. But to not race is still disappointing.”

WSB Race 1 - 28 Laps
1. Troy Bayliss Ducati AUS 46'2.875
2. Noriyuki Haga Yamaha JPN 0'2.035
3. Troy Corser Yamaha AUS 0'4.568
4. Roberto Rolfo Honda ITA 0'50.039
5. Regis Laconi Kawasaki FRA 1'9.696
6. Max Biaggi Suzuki ITA 1'20.982
7. Lorenzo Lanzi Ducati ITA 1'33.061
8. James Toseland Honda GBR -1 Laps
9. Ruben Xaus Ducati ESP -1 Laps
10. Max Neukirchner Suzuki GER -1 Laps
11. Vittorio Iannuzzo Kawasaki ITA -1 Laps
12. Luca Morelli Ducati ITA -1 Laps
13. Shinichi Nakatomi Yamaha JPN -2 Laps

Best Lap - Noriyuki Haga 1'37.005

World Superbike Championship rider standings 27/05/2007
1. James Toseland Honda GBR 237
2. Noriyuki Haga Yamaha (JPN) 214
3. Max Biaggi Suzuki ITA 201
4. Troy Bayliss Ducati AUS 189
5. Troy Corser Yamaha (AUS) 151
6. Lorenzo Lanzi Ducati ITA 116
7. Ruben Xaus Ducati ESP 113
8. Roberto Rolfo Honda ITA 90
9. Max Neukirchner Suzuki GER 87
10. Regis Laconi Kawasaki FRA 62
11. Yukio Kagayama Suzuki JPN 60
12. Michel Fabrizio Honda ITA 59
13. Fonsi Nieto Kawasaki ESP 46
14. Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 44
15. Joshua Brookes Honda AUS 40
17. Shinichi Nakatomi Yamaha (JPN) 22
25. Marek Svoboda Yamaha (CZE) 2
26. Robertino Pietri Yamaha (VEN) 2
27. Carmelo Morales Yamaha (ESP) 2

World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings 27/05/2007
1. Honda 251
2. Yamaha 237
3. Ducati 234
4. Suzuki 201
5. Kawasaki 88