Monza: Ducati Friday report

BAYLISS SECOND QUICKEST FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM IN OPENING WSBK SESSION AT MONZA Monza (Italy), Friday 5 May: Troy Bayliss set the second quickest time for the Ducati Xerox Team in the opening World Superbike qualifying session at the Autodromo di...

BAYLISS SECOND QUICKEST FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM IN OPENING WSBK SESSION AT MONZA

Monza (Italy), Friday 5 May: Troy Bayliss set the second quickest time for the Ducati Xerox Team in the opening World Superbike qualifying session at the Autodromo di Monza. The 37 year-old Australian, who knocked four-tenths of a second off his own circuit lap record, set way back in 2002, was just a fraction behind provisional poleman Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha).

"I haven't been to Monza for four years but the first exit hit the memory button and I remembered the place pretty well. Also the bike felt pretty good straightaway" declared Troy. "After the first session I was a couple of tenths under my old lap record from 2002 so it was nice to go faster than that. This afternoon we tried a few things but the track wasn't in great condition because there was a bit of rain, but I did a race simulation and was really fast. I had Nori sitting on me the whole way which made me go a little faster because he was in the slipstream but honestly I expect a few more people to do that pace if they are with me as well. It's only Friday anyway so we'll see what tomorrow brings".

Team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi, who was riding a World Superbike machine for the first time at the high-speed Monza circuit, was relatively satisfied with his twelfth-quickest time but confident there was more to come as he gains more experience with the track.

"It's the first time for me on this track with a Superbike, so I spent much of the day on a learning curve" commented Lorenzo. "It wasn't easy because this is a very fast track and you have to have a keen eye. In the afternoon I was improving but then it started to rain. I stayed out and in the last quarter of an hour I was the only rider to lap at a quick pace, together with Corser. I didn't improve much but all the others had done their times in the first ten minutes when I didn't have the right choice of tyres on. All things considered I'm quite satisfied. I did a lot of laps despite the light rain and I'm in Superpole which is always a good thing. Tomorrow let's hope it doesn't rain, but if it does, it'll rain for everyone".

TIMES: 1. Haga (Yamaha) 1m47.007s; 2. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m47.043s; -www.ducati.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Lorenzo Lanzi