Magny-Cours: Ducati qualifying report

BAYLISS ON FRONT ROW FOR TOMORROW'S SHOWDOWN AT MAGNY-COURS Magny-Cours (Francia: In a Superpole session that remained surprisingly dry this afternoon at Magny-Cours, Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) was satisfied to conclude proceedings with a place...

BAYLISS ON FRONT ROW FOR TOMORROW'S SHOWDOWN AT MAGNY-COURS

Magny-Cours (Francia: In a Superpole session that remained surprisingly dry this afternoon at Magny-Cours, Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) was satisfied to conclude proceedings with a place on the front row of the grid for tomorrow's crucial races. Bayliss registered the third fastest lap of the afternoon, just behind pole-sitter Haga and second placed man Nieto. Michel Fabrizio will line up at the front of the third row, in ninth place on tomorrow's grid.

Riders were unable to improve this morning on the times they set in first qualifying yesterday, due to a track that was part dry and part very wet. This meant that Ducati Xerox riders Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio both qualified for Superpole with the times they set yesterday, that is in second and fifteenth place respectively.

Tomorrow Australian Troy Bayliss has a strong chance of securing his third world title. With a 79-point advantage over Yamaha-rider Corser, Bayliss could seal the deal in Race 1, needing only to complete that race with an advantage of at least 75 points over Corser.

Troy Bayliss 1m38.6s

"I'm pleased with how the day went and am happy to be on the front row tomorrow, especially when I see that my second split was not quite right but anyway third place isn't bad and the laps I completed in free practice before Superpole were pretty good too. I'm looking forward to good races tomorrow. We've had very mixed conditions so far and finally we saw some sun this afternoon but I hope it will stay like dry overnight because the track is staying wet for a long time. I plan to pull the reigns in a bit tomorrow and calm myself down and get two good results."

Michel Fabrizio 1m39.6s

"I'm a little disappointed as I wanted to do better than the third row for tomorrow, and I thought I'd done a pretty good lap in Superpole this afternoon. Anyway the result is not so bad and being at the front of the guys on the third row may be an advantage. I just need to make two great starts to be able to fight up there at the front with the others! We will see how things go tomorrow because from what we've seen so far it's clear that the weather will obviously play a part, I'd like it to remain dry."

-crdit: ducati

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Michel Fabrizio