WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 12
ASSEN, NETHERLANDS: Race Report, Sunday, September 8
GODDARD SCORES POINTS IN BOTH RACES AT ASSEN
Australia's works Benelli rider Peter Goddard today scored points in both races of the 12th and penultimate round of the World Superbike Championship at Assen in the Netherlands.
The 38-year-old from Wollongong finished 12th in the first of the two 16-lap races on his three-cylinder Benelli Tornado 900. In the second race he improved to 11th, his best result on the Benelli since the Italian manufacturer joined the championship during the 2001 season.
Goddard rode different machines in the two races at Assen. He also opted for a different construction tyre in the second race, and clocked his fastest lap time in the closing stages with a time of 2-mins 6.316-secs.
American Colin Edwards won both races on a Castrol Honda and now leads the championship with a tally of 502. Previous leader Troy Bayliss of Australia failed to finish the second race and now trails Edwards by one point.
The final round of the championship is at Imola in Italy on Assen in the Netherlands on September 8.
PETER GODDARD QUOTES: "We had a reasonable weekend with 12th and 11th. Considering our speed and weight disadvantage it was a good result. We ran a different bike in each race with the same settings and they worked well. In race two I went for a different construction tyre – the same compound and this seemed to help us be much more consistent. We actually set our fastest lap of the weekend on the last lap of race two. Hopefully we will have some of the new parts on for Imola. We have a good chance to get in the top 10- before the season is out."
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 12): Edwards 502, Bayliss 501, Hodgson 302, Haga 254, Bostrom 248, Xaus 217, Toseland 175, Chili 158, Walker 143, Lavilla 113. Other: Goddard 23
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