FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) RESERVES A PROVISIONAL PLACE ON THE FRONT ROW FOR SUNDAY'S RACES AT PORTIMAO Portimao (Portugal) - Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio today took part in the first ever Superbike sessions to be held at the new Autodromo ...
FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) RESERVES A PROVISIONAL PLACE ON THE FRONT ROW FOR SUNDAY'S RACES AT PORTIMAO
Portimao (Portugal) - Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio today took part in the first ever Superbike sessions to be held at the new Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal.
Despite a very wet surface, both factory riders were out on track during the morning's free practice session, with Bayliss topping the time sheets and team-mate Fabrizio recording the fifth fastest time of the morning. In the afternoon, after further rainfall, a slippery track which began to dry throughout the session meant that the Ducati Xerox riders had to make a careful tyre choice. Small setbacks during the session left Bayliss in tenth position at the close of today's first qualifying session while Fabrizio made better progress to finish the session in third position, taking a provisional place on the front row for Sunday's races.
Michel Fabrizio 1m57.4s
"We were using an intermediate rear and rain front tyre which was probably not the right choice but anyway we made good progress throughout the day and I'm satisfied with how things have gone. Today the track surface, although very wet, is already better than it was last week during testing when it was really dirty. I'm feeling confident and today we've made a good start, I'd say everything's going well."
Troy Bayliss 2m00.0s
"Everything has gone ok. It's the first time we've experienced rain here as last week's test sessions were on a dry track. We had a few little hiccups during the afternoon's qualifying session and it didn't quite run to plan, and then we got caught out on a rain tyre at the end of the session when we should have been on an intermediate. Anyway these things happen and I'm still feeling confident about the way things are going. Overall I'm pretty happy."