"I'm really happy for myself and for Ducati Xerox"
Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) won the World Superbike Championship for the second time yesterday at Imola.
In the penultimate round of the series, held at the Autodromo Enzo & Dino Ferrari in front of 86,000 spectators,
the 37-year-old Australian, WSBK champion back in 2001, took the crown with a fifth place in race 1, won by Alex Barros (Honda).
In the second race of the day Troy held the lead from start to finish, taking his eleventh win of the year in this extraordinary season. Bayliss's triumph takes the number of Riders' titles won by Ducati in the production-based series to twelve, while the battle for the Manufacturers' title is still open with one round left.
"I'm really happy for myself and for Ducati Xerox with the title win," declared Troy. "We've worked well all year, the second half has been a little bit up and down but I've just had to ride harder. I got a good start in race 1, I really wanted to go for the win but I think we chose the wrong rear tyre and I was struggling a bit so in the end I was happy to let Pitt pass me and then I let Nori pass me as well. It's been very busy today with all the Ducati factory here but I'm happy as well for everyone who made this win possible, Xerox and Shell Advance above all, but to do it at Imola today was very special. I've got a great team, and a lovely bike, and I wanted to win the second race to put the icing on the cake!"
Federico Minoli, Chairman of Ducati Motor Holding, commented: "It's a great satisfaction to have Troy as World Champion for the second time.
He has come back home, he has given the best of himself, the bike is there, the team also, so this is the crowning of teamwork that began a long time ago: congratulations to Troy and everyone, it's been a great day!"
Two determined races for Lorenzo Lanzi earned him a sixth place in race 1, followed by a seventh place in race 2. "I was a bit unlucky today," said Lorenzo. "In the first race I was hit by Neukirchner, which lost me six positions. Afterwards I managed to get back up to sixth place. In race 2, someone touched me, maybe Toseland, at the first corner. Once again I managed to get back up the field, lapping in some good times, to finish seventh."