Bayliss secures world title

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Troy Bayliss won the World Superbike Championship with back-to-back victories in the Netherlands yesterday. Bayliss rode his Infostrada Ducati to a double win, becoming only the second man to win both races at Assen since Britain's four-times champion, Carl Fogarty. But he owed a debt of gratitude to his Spanish team-mate, Ruben Xaus, who could have won both legs but followed team orders and allowed Bayliss to take the points.

In Estoril, Valentino Rossi won the 500cc Portuguese Grand Prix, beating his fellow Honda rider, Loris Capirossi, and extended his lead in the rankings over his rival, Max Biaggi, who finished fifth.