DUCATI XEROX MEN SET THE PACE IN SILVERSTONE OPENING SESSION Silverstone (UK), Friday 25 May: Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi set the pace for the Ducati Xerox Team in today's opening qualifying session of the British Round of the World Superbike...
DUCATI XEROX MEN SET THE PACE IN SILVERSTONE OPENING SESSION
Silverstone (UK), Friday 25 May: Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi set the pace for the Ducati Xerox Team in today's opening qualifying session of the British Round of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone. The double WSBK champion totally decimated the circuit's best lap by one second in tricky conditions to take provisional pole in 1m25.295s, while his Ducati Xerox team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi was six-tenths of a second adrift of Bayliss's time but right behind him in the timesheets with a time of 1m25.952s. Troy and Lorenzo were the only riders to dip under the 1m26s mark.
"I'm very happy, everything went good and I feel pretty comfortable on the bike" declared Troy. "Silverstone in general has got a lot less grip than where we've come from in the Misano tests so that bike didn't work here! Anyway we made a few changes today and the bike's working well. What we want now is better weather so we can do a couple of long runs and put it to the test. I thought we should be doing 25s, I did OK when the track was wet but we sat and waited until the track was dry near the end and the last ten minutes it was completely dry. It'll be difficult to find much more than what I did but all in all I'm happy."
"I am very pleased with my result today, with my choice of tyres and feeling with the bike" said Lorenzo. "To set this time I used a softer tyre which I clearly will not use in the race, but I've already got a good idea on what tyre to use in the dry and for this reason I'm pleased. I managed to use a solution that was different to usual and this is important for me. I think 1m25s is a pretty good time on this track but we'll see how things go tomorrow with the weather. It's not going to be easy but we've made a good start."