MISANO, San Marino -- American Ben Bostrom
and championship leader Troy Bayliss dominated Sunday's eighth
round of the superbike world championship, winning a race each
for their Ducati team.
Australian Bayliss sprinted to a last-lap victory over his
teammate in the first race, with the lead changing hands
several times in the closing stages at the Santa Monica circuit.
But Bostrom was quick to take his revenge in the second race
a few hours later, leaving Bayliss eight seconds adrift.
Ducati's Neil Hodgson had lost his second place three laps
from the finish when his rear tyre tread disintegrated, forcing
him down to 16th position.
Spain's Gregorio Lavilla, driving a Kawasaki, held on to
third place in the second race after losing third position to
Honda's Colin Edwards in the first following a five-second
penalty for overtaking under yellow flag conditions.
In the second race, Edwards crashed and re-started to finish
11th, while Aprilia rider Troy Corser slowed dramatically to
Race two was initially halted by an accident involving
Kawasaki's Ludovic Holon, who fell heavily and was quickly
carried off the track with what appeared to be a broken arm.
After the two races, Bayliss stayed ahead in the world
championship standings with 250 points, followed by Edwards on
203. Australian Corser held on to third position despite
Sunday's disappointing results.
Italian team Ducati remained top of the manufacturers'
standings with 313 points, 58 ahead of Honda.