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Colin Edwards claims World Superbike Championship

12 September 2000

2000 FIM World Superbike Championship, Round 12, Motopark Verastaltungs
Oschersleben, Germany, September 10, 2000

Castrol Honda's Colin Edwards is the provisional World Superbike Champion, his
mighty RC51 powering him to a double victory at the penultimate round of the
World Superbike championship in Germany on Sunday. The 26-year-old Texas Tornado
took Saturday's Superpole for the second weekend in a row, then swept to
dominant wins in both 28-lap legs of the 14-turn 2.3-mile course. Edwards rode
the amazing RC51 to victory five other times this season, giving the Honda
Racing Corporation's powerful V-twin a championship in its inaugural racing
season, an almost unheard of accomplishment.

Edwards' title hangs in the balance of the FIM's decision to restore the 45
points Yamaha's Noriyuki Haga won at the first race of the season in Kyalami,
after the discovery of Haga having used a controlled substance. The FIM will
decide Haga's appeal October 12, one day before qualifying begins for the final
round at Brands Hatch.

Stay tuned for the final round of the series in five weeks at Brands Hatch in
England on October 15.

Oschersleben World Superbike, Race One, Top Finishers

1. Colin Edwards II -- Honda
2. Gregorio Lavilla -- Kawasaki
3. Troy Bayliss -- Ducati
4. Akira Yanagawa -- Kawasaki
5. Aaron Slight -- Honda

Oschersleben World Superbike, Race Two, Top Finishers

1. Colin Edwards II -- Honda
2. Troy Bayliss -- Ducati
3. Akira Yanagawa -- Kawasaki
4. Gregorio Lavilla -- Kawasaki
5. Noriyuki Haga -- Yamaha
dnf Aaron Slight -- Honda

WSC Points Standings, Top Riders

1. Colin Edwards II -- Honda -- 367 points
2. Noriyuki Haga -- Yamaha -- 315 points
3. Troy Corser -- Aprilia -- 288 points
4. Pier-Francesco Chili -- Suzuki -- 234 points
5. Akira Yanagawa -- Kawasaki -- 228 points
8. Aaron Slight -- Honda -- 142 points

Final Round -- Brands Hatch, Kent, England, October 15