WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 8
MISANO. ITALY: Race Report, Sunday, June 23
GODDARD HAS MIXED SUPERBIKE RESULTS AT MISANO
Australia's works Benelli rider Peter Goddard had mixed results in today's eighth round of the World Superbike Championship at the Misano circuit in Italy.
The 37-year-old from Wollongong scored one championship point by finishing 15th on his three-cylinder Benelli Tornado 900 in the first of the two 25 laps races, held in hot conditions. However, engine problems forced him to retire from the second race when in 13th position.
Goddard, who qualified 19th on the grid, improved to 16th on the opening lap of the first race, but then dropped back to 19th again. He maintained a consistent pace throughout the remaining laps, gradually improving his position to eventually secure a championship point.
In the second race the 1997 World Endurance Championship winner recorded his fastest lap of the round, 1-min 38.442-secs, and was more competitive until being forced to stop.
Australia's Troy Bayliss won both races on his Infostrada Ducati, and extended his championship lead with an improved points tally of 360. American Colin Edwards, who finished runner-up to Bayliss in the two races at Misano, remained second in the championship on 311 points. The ninth round of the series is at Laguna Seca in the United States on July 14.
PETER GODDARD QUOTES: "It was very hot today, but it didn't feel so bad when we were racing. When you stopped and got off the bike in your leathers you noticed the heat because the body temperatures were up and that's when you start sweating. This track is always greasy, especially when it's so hot, and I was struggling for rear grip. I made a good start in the first race, but then I was passed by a few of the quicker bikes. Eventually I made up some places and finished in the points. The balance of the bike was better in the second race and I was comfortably holding 13th place when I had to stop. We need to find more power to move forward against the others."
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 8): Bayliss 360, Edwards 311, Hodgson 194, Haga 182, Bostrom 165, Xaus 152, Toseland 107, Walker 97, Lavilla 84, Chili 77. Other: Goddard 8
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