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Troy endured two hard-fought for 23-lap races at Magny-Cours today, taking a podium in the first and finishing fourth in the second. In race one, he made a superb start and led at the end of the first lap, but was then passed by his team mate (and title contender) Noriyuki Haga. Troy easily held second for most of the race until Troy Bayliss (Ducati) overtook him with three laps to go. He tried to fight back, but Bayliss just managed to hold him off to take second place. Troy finished an easy third, with Max Neukirchner (Suzuki) a long way back in fourth. In race two, Haga and Troy made all the early running, until Haga managed to pull out a bit of a gap. Troy and Biaggi had a tremendous battle for over half race distance, with the pair hitting each other a couple of times. Biaggi eventually got past Troy to take second place behind runaway victor Haga. In the latter stages of the race, he and Fonsi Nieto (Kawasaki) then tussled for third place, with Nieto getting the nod by just over a tenth of a second at the flag. Despite Troy’s team mate winning both races today, James Toseland (Honda) did just enough to win the world title.
TROY Race 1: 3rd, Race 2: 4th
I am disappointed because I really feel I could’ve won a race today. Once Nori had made a break, it was impossible to catch him, so I just rode my own race and tried to keep hold of second place. I knew that Nori had to win today to keep his title hopes alive, so I didn’t attack him too hard. In the second race, I had a big fight with Max (Biaggi) and a couple of times we made quite strong content, but luckily we both stayed upright. When he pulled away, I then found myself fighting Fonsi (Nieto) and he and I touched a couple of times also. It was the kind of stuff that goes on quite a bit in World Supers and it would have certainly given the crowd and TV audience something top shout about. I am disappointed not to end the season with a win. All year I’ve been trying for a win, but it has just not happened for me. The Yamaha has been improving a lot since the start of the year. I know that there’s more to come so I’m really looking forward to riding it next year. I’d like to congratulate Nori on his pair of wins today and James (Toseland) on taking the title.
See ya,
Troy
Results and points
Race 1: 1 Haga (J-Yamaha), 2 Bayliss (AUS-Ducati), 3 TROY CORSER (AUS-Yamaha Motor Italia), 4 Max Neukirchner (D-Suzuki), 5 Nieto (E-Kawasaki), 6 Biaggi (I-Suzuki), 7 Toseland (GB-Honda), 8 Xaus (E-Ducati), 9 Laconi (F-Kawasaki), 10 Rolfo (I-Honda)
Race 2: 1 Haga (J-Yamaha), 2 Biaggi (I-Suzuki), 3 Nieto (E-Kawasaki), 4 TROY CORSER (AUS-Yamaha Motor Italia), 5 Bayliss (AUS-Ducati), 6 Toseland (GB-Honda) 7 Rolfo (I-Honda), 8 Laconi (F-Kawasaki) 9 Fabrizio (I-Honda), 10 Xaus (E-Ducati
Points: 1 Toseland (GB-Honda) 415, 2 Haga (J-Yamaha) 413, 3 Biaggi (I-Suzuki) 397, 4 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati) 372, 5 TROY CORSER (Aus-Yamaha Motor Italia) 296, 6 Xaus (E-Ducati) 201