Bayliss vs Haga – relive these two thrillers from 2008!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:00 GMT

The two legends face off in twin battles at Nurburgring and Assen

On one side, a three-time champion and possibly the most dominant force in WorldSBK throughout the 2000s; on the other, a man with a WorldSBK-career spanning three decades and who has led more races than any other rider. Words can’t describe what these two legends brought to the table during their prime – so let their talents speak for themselves as we remember these two classic races.

Troy Bayliss arrived at Assen in top form, having won three of the six opening races. After storming to victory in Race One, the Australian again shared the front row in Race Two with Noriyuki Haga, who had crashed out earlier. Twenty-two laps later, the pair were separated by just 0.082 seconds at the finishing line.

Fast-forward a month and a half later, and the pair were doing battle again, this time at Nurburgring. The German track hosted another epic tussle for the Race One win, with Bayliss and Haga exchanging place several times around the 5.137km track.

Find out who took first place in these two races thanks to WorldSBK VideoPass, where you can find many classics from throughout the history of the championship.