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Phillip Island, Australia - 2002 World Superbike championship round two /
2002 World Supersport championship round two - Sunday March 24


Castrol Honda's Colin Edwards is aiming to continue where he left off when
the World Superbike championship arrives in Australia this week for round
two of the 13-round series.

Edwards powered his VTR1000 to victory in last year's opening race at
Phillip Island only for torrential race to force the cancellation of the
second race and abandonment of the event.

"On paper I should have had another 25 points in the bag for a win that
day," recalls Edwards. "We're at Phillip Island about a month earlier than
we were last year so hopefully that will guarantee better weather."

The 28-year-old SP-2 Honda-mounted rider adds: "I love the Phillip Island
track, it's probably my favourite and I've always done reasonably well
there. We tested there in February and I think we're in good shape with the
machine and the Michelin tyres for Sunday's two races."

Edwards will be looking to reel in some of the points deficit to series
leader Troy Bayliss after the Ducati rider won both races of the opening
round in Spain on March 10. Aprilia's Noriyuki Haga, second in both Spanish
races, and Edwards' fellow American Ben Bostrom are among the riders
expected to challenge for victories in Australia.

After a disappointing start to the season Mark Heckles will be hoping to
scoop some points on his Phillip Island debut aboard the Castrol Honda Rumi
HRC kit machine.

Fabien Foret will be hoping to repeat his opening round win the World
Supersport championship after the diminutive Frenchman dominated
proceedings at Valencia.

The series leader, riding for the Dutch Ten Kate Honda team, is well aware
of the challenge but believes the CBR600 machine is a match for anything.

"Phillip Island is a real horse power circuit and I'm confident we've got
that," says Foret. "The circuit is not as technical as Valencia so I think
the race on Sunday will be close and exciting."

One of Foret's challengers on Sunday is expected to be young Australian
Chris Vermeulen. The Van Zon Honda team rider finished fourth in the
opening round in Spain and is relishing his return to home soil.

"Although I've actually not raced that much down at Phillip Island I do
love the track," says 19-year-old Vermeulen. "I was concerned only with
getting some points on the board in Spain and I was a little disappointed
to lose third place on the last lap but I'm looking to win on Sunday in my
home race."

Phillip Island data:


2001 qualifying, fastest: Troy Bayliss, Australia (Ducati) 1m
2001 Superpole: Troy Corser, Australia (Aprilia) 1m
2001 race winner: Colin Edwards, USA (Castrol Honda) - second
race cancelled due to weather
Lap record: Troy Corser, Australia (Ducati) 1m 33.019s


2001 pole position: Paolo Casoli, Italy (Yamaha) 1m 36.917s
2001 race winner: Kevin Curtain, Australia (Honda)
Lap record: Adam Fergusson, Australia (Honda) 1m
(March 1999)

World Superbike championship points after one of 13 rounds: 1 Troy Bayliss,
Australia (Ducati) 50, 2 Noriyuki Haga, Japan (Aprilia) 40, 3 Colin
Edwards, USA (Castrol Honda) and Ben Bostrom, USA (Ducati) 29, 5 Neil
Hodgson, GB (Ducati) 21, 6 Hitoyasu Izutsu, Japan (Kawasaki) 19, 7 Chris
Walker, GB (Kawasaki) 15, 8 Juan Borja, Spain (Ducati) 13, 9 Ruben Xaus,
Spain (Ducati) 11, 10 James Toseland, GB (Ducati) 10.
Manufacturers points: 1 Ducati 50, 2 Aprilia 40, 3 Honda 29, 4 Kawasaki
119, 5 Suzuki 8.

World Supersport championship points after one of 12 rounds: 1 Fabien
Foret, France (Honda) 25, 2 Stephane Chambon, France (Suzuki) 20, 3
Christian Kellner, Germany (Yamaha) 16, 4 Chris Vermeulen, Australia
(Honda) 13, 5 Andrew Pitt, Australia (Kawasaki) 11, 6 James Whitham, GB
(Yamaha) 10, 7 Alessio Corradi, Italy (Yamaha) 9, 8 Paolo Casoli, Italy
(Yamaha) 8, 9 Antonio Carlacci, Italy (Yamaha) 7, 10 Werner Daemen, Belgium
(Honda) 6.
Manufacturers' points: 1 Honda 25, 2 Suzuki 20, 3 Yamaha 16, 4 Kawasaki 11,
5 Ducati 5.

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