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Kyalami, South Africa - 2002 World Superbike championship round three /
2002 World Supersport championship round three - Sunday April 7



Castrol Honda's Colin Edwards is hoping his love of the Kyalami circuit in
South Africa will take him to his first win of the 2002 season as the World
Superbike championship reaches round three on Sunday.

Edwards has won races at the Johannesburg in 2000 and 2001 and believes
this Sunday's two races can kick start his campaign and reel in the points
deficit to series leader Troy Bayliss.

"I've always liked the Kyalami track, and the place itself, and my results
there have always been respectable," recalls Edwards. "Two wins for me on
Sunday would set the championship alight but more importantly they would
confirm my intentions of being world champion this year."

Edwards arrives in South Africa in second place in the championship after
two runner-up places, to Bayliss, in Australia two weeks ago. Edwards, with
20 World Superbike wins already, is looking to increase that tally and
begin his bid in earnest to regain the title he won in 2000.

The SP-2 rider adds: "After starting from pole position in Australia I was
disappointed not to win a race but it's a long season. We've had four of 26
races and there's everything to play for. But I know how important a win
this weekend is to the team and my championship chances.

"Michelin requested a test here in January which was very successful and
that will hopefully pay dividends this weekend. I think the races will be
tough as Bayliss is riding well at the moment, Noriyuki Haga likes Kyalami
and Ben Bostrom was a winner here last year."

Edwards trails Bayliss by 31 points, heading for round three of 13, with
Bostrom 16 points further back in third. The Castrol Honda Rumi HRC kit
machine took its first points of the campaign as British rider Mark Heckles
finished 14th in the second race of the day in Australia.

Heckles is now bidding to build on that performance as the youngster makes
his debut at the 2.65-mile (4.26km) World Superbike venue. "This is still
all a bit of a dream for me," admits Heckles. "To finish in the points
again at Kyalami is all I'm looking for."

The World Supersport championship is already hotting up with joint leaders
after just two rounds and Honda's Fabien Foret just four points adrift as
the Ten Kate team rider holds third place following a win and a ninth place
on his CBR600 Sport machine.

Former champion Stephane Chambon and reigning champion Andrew Pitt lead the
way with Honda riders filling six of the top 20 places in the 12-round
championship.

After a break of three years, World Supersport returns to Kyalami and Foret
is confident of repeating his opening round win in Spain four weeks ago.

"Kyalami will be new to most riders and the machines have improved so much
since the last visit so any set-up information will be worthless," predicts
the Frenchman. "I have a good team and a good machine and I know I'm in
with a chance of winning the South African race."

Foret is joined in the Kyalami race by team-mate and Kyalami lap record
holder Iain MacPherson while the van Zon Honda team has talented Australian
Chris Vermeulen - sixth in the championship - and Werner Daemen, now 12th
in the points standing after taking eighth place in Australia.

The revitalised BKM Honda team field Christophe Cogan - seventh in
Australia - and Austrian Robert Ulm. Honda UK's Karl Muggeridge will be
hoping to take his first rostrum of the year after moving through from 14th
on the grid to fourth place in the Australian race before retiring.
Muggeridge is joined by team-mate John McGuinness for Kyalami after the
British rider missed the Australian race due to a shoulder injury.

Kyalami data:

Superbike:
2001 Qualifying, fastest: Ben Bostrom (Ducati) 1m 42.089s
2001 Superpole: Ben Bostrom (Ducati) 1m 41.689s
2001 winners: Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda) and Ben Bostrom (Ducati)
Lap record: Ben Bostrom (Ducati) 1m 42.928s (April 2001)

Supersport:
2001 pole position: not applicable (1999 Ruben Xaus (Yamaha) 1m 47.293s
2001 winners: not applicable
Lap record: Iain MacPherson (Kawasaki) 1m 48.343s (March 1999)

World Superbike championship points after two of 13 rounds: 1 Troy Bayliss,
Australia (Ducati) 100, 2 Colin Edwards, USA (Castrol Honda) 69, 3 Ben
Bostrom, USA (Ducati) 53, 4 Noriyuki Haga, Japan (Aprilia) 50, 5 Neil
Hodgson, GB (Ducati) 45, 6 Ruben Xaus, Spain (Ducati) 43, =7 Hitoyasu
Izutsu, Japan (Kawasaki) and Chris Walker, GB (Kawasaki) 29, 9 James
Toseland, GB (Ducati) 27, 10 Gregorio Lavilla, Spain (Suzuki) 25.
Manufacturers points: 1 Ducati 100, 2 Honda 69, 3 Aprilia 50, 4 Kawasaki
36, 5 Suzuki 25.

World Supersport championship points after round two of 12: =1 Andrew Pitt,
Australia (Kawasaki) and Stephane Chambon, France (Suzuki) 36, 3 Fabien
Foret, France (Honda) 32, 4 Christian Kellner, Germany (Yamaha) 26, 5
Piergiorgio Bontempi, Italy (Ducati) 25, 6 Chris Vermeulen, Australia
(Honda) 18, 7 Alessio Corradi, Italy (Yamaha) 15, 8 Katsuaki Fujiwara,
Japan (Suzuki) 13, 9 Jorg Teuchert, Germany (Yamaha) 11, 10 James Whitham,
GB (Yamaha) 10.
Manufacturers points: =1 Kawasaki and Suzuki 36, 3 Honda 34, 4
Yamaha 27, 5 Ducati 25.



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