Brno: Ducati Xerox Team race report

DISAPPOINTING DAY AT BRNO FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM Brno (Czech Republic) -- The Ducati Xerox Team's worst fears regarding the ninth round of the World Superbike Championship were confirmed as Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi had a disappointing day...

DISAPPOINTING DAY AT BRNO FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM

Brno (Czech Republic) -- The Ducati Xerox Team's worst fears regarding the ninth round of the World Superbike Championship were confirmed as Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi had a disappointing day at the Automotodrom Brno. The Italian team again found the going tough on the Czech track and a crash for Troy Bayliss in race 1 and a sixth place finish in race 2 complicate matters somewhat for Troy in the title battle. Lorenzo Lanzi also struggled on the second Ducati Xerox 999 machine with eighth place in race 1, but he did have the satisfaction of leading the field for the opening lap of race 2 before dropping to seventh.

Troy was taken out of a lowly tenth spot in the first race as Muggeridge's crashed Honda slid into him on lap 12, but apart from a bruise and a stiff ankle, the Ducati Xerox rider was OK. "I didn't see anything, I was going into the corner, heard a noise and that was it. The next thing I saw Karl on the ground, he had crashed into me, but wasn't even on his bike! I went over and thanked him because I wasn't enjoying that race anyway in tenth place!" joked Troy. A harder choice of front tyre brought an improvement in the second race but Troy was down in tenth at the end of lap 2 and could only claw his way back up to sixth at the flag. "It was exactly the same here as last year - a crash and a poor finish - but this time I'm happier with the result in race 2. We made a mistake in the first race putting the soft tyre on but for the second race we put in a harder front tyre and it made a huge difference. We started to get good confidence back because it's a tyre I normally like anyway. My start was good and I was in second place at the first corner but then I got beat up. Someone came at me on the inside, somebody hit me on the outside and I got knocked back down a long way. I came back pretty strong, but anyway the best thing I can do now is forget about this place and move on to Brands Hatch!"

"I really thought that the front tyre would last a bit longer in the first race. In my opinion a hard front and a soft rear was the best choice today, but unfortunately it did not allow me to keep the pace of the leaders" declared Lorenzo. "In race 2 I made an excellent start, but then had the same problem as race 1 with the front tyre despite the drop in the track temperature. In the last six laps the tyre was literally destroyed, Rolfo and Corser passed me easily and I lost ground. The last laps were a bit of a lottery, because the bike was almost impossible to ride. At least the early laps showed that I am still the same old Lanzi as 2005 and that I'm not lacking in determination. If conditions allow, I can fight with the top guys. But this wasn't the right track and we knew that we couldn't do much more than what we did today".

Today's results at Brno, a win apiece for James Toseland (Honda) and Max Biaggi (Suzuki), mean that Troy slips back down to 4th in the table again from 2nd and that the top 4 in the championship race are separated by 56 points with four rounds remaining and 200 points still up for grabs.

-credit: ducati

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , James Toseland , Lorenzo Lanzi