Motorcycling: Bayliss extends Superbikes lead

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The Independent Online

Troy Bayliss extended his lead in the World Superbike Championship as his fellow Australian Andrew Pitt landed his first win in San Marino. Bayliss took his Ducati Xerox machine to a race-one win, but slid off his machine in race two at Misano.

However, Bayliss' main title rival, Troy Corser, crashed out of both races in the 40C heat as Corser, the defending champion, saw his fellow Australian extend his advantage in the title chase to 94 points.

Britain's James Toseland had moved up to second in the championship after finishing second in race one, but a mistake in the second saw him drop to eighth.

That left the Winston Ten Kate Honda rider third in the championship behind the Yamaha Italia machine of Japan's Nori Haga, Pitt's team-mate. Bayliss continued his domination of the championship despite starting from seventh on the grid in race one.

In Assen, the Netherlands, the American Nicky Hayden won the Dutch TT on Saturday - his first MotoGP win - to go 42 points clear in the championship after a last-lap duel with his compatriot Colin Edwards. Edwards' team-mate, the world champion Valentino Rossi, finished a painful eighth after breaking bones in his hand and ankle in Thursday's practice.

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