Nurburgring: Ducati qualifying report

BAYLISS SECOND AND FABRIZIO FIFTH ON TOMORROW'S START LINE AT NUERBURGRING Nuerburgring Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) both had a very positive day today at the Nuerburgring despite very changeable weather conditions. After ...

BAYLISS SECOND AND FABRIZIO FIFTH ON TOMORROW'S START LINE AT NUERBURGRING

Nuerburgring

Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) both had a very positive day today at the Nuerburgring despite very changeable weather conditions. After having qualified fastest for Superpole, Bayliss hoped to be able to take the pole position but in the end an extremely fast lap from Neukirchner - in front of his home crowd - meant that the Australian had to be satisfied with a second place start for tomorrow's races. Meanwhile Fabrizio improved on his best lap time during Superpole and will line up in fifth place on the grid, having lost out on a front row start by just a fraction of a second. Only the fastest three riders - Neukirchner, Bayliss and Checa - managed to lap today in under 1m56.

Troy Bayliss 1m55.7s

"The practices have all been going well. In Superpole I thought I could beat Carlos', albeit very fast, time but I didn't realise during my lap that Max had already gone faster than Carlos - I forgot to look at my lap board when I went out so when I came down the straight I thought I'd got it but then I saw that Max had already gone faster and so I was second... Not that I could have gone any faster even if I'd known, so well done to Max - taking the pole in front of your home crowd is a very special thing. But tomorrow will be difficult and we'll see how it turns out tomorrow."

Michel Fabrizio 1m56.4s

"I'm very satisfied with the lap I made during Superpole, even though I am a little disappointed by the fact that I missed out on fourth place by just three-hundredths of a second but anyway, we are happy with the result. We worked hard today and I was able to improve on the eighth position that I held before the start of Superpole so much as to be able to start from fifth place on the grid tomorrow. I hope to get two better starts than I did in the last round at Miller and I also hope that the weather is fine tomorrow as we have done very little preparation if it were to be wet."

-credit: ducati.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Michel Fabrizio