BAYLISS SECURES FRONT ROW START FOR TOMORROW'S RACES AT THE RICARDO TORMO CIRCUIT IN VALENCIA Valencia (Spain): Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) faced stiff competition in this afternoon's Superpole in Valencia but succeeded in snatching a place...
BAYLISS SECURES FRONT ROW START FOR TOMORROW'S RACES AT THE RICARDO TORMO CIRCUIT IN VALENCIA
Valencia (Spain): Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) faced stiff competition in this afternoon's Superpole in Valencia but succeeded in snatching a place on the front row of the grid for tomorrow races. Bayliss will start from third place while team-mate Michel Fabrizio also fought hard to take eleventh place. With many riders all lapping within a second of each other, it was not an easy day for the Ducati Xerox Team who have had to work hard on both riders' 1098 F08 machines in order to optimize the bike set-up ready for the races tomorrow afternoon.
Troy Bayliss 1m33.9s
"I have to say it was very competitive out there today with the first ten riders all within a second of each other. I was pretty satisfied with my Superpole lap but it has been a bit of a struggle over the last two days. We have had a few little problems which we've had to try and resolve by trying different things and we'll continue to work before tomorrow's races in order to hopefully be a bit more consistent in competition. There are a lot of strong riders starting from the front couple of rows tomorrow so it will be difficult but I'd say there's a very good race in store for the crowd."
Michel Fabrizio 1m34.7s
"Overall I'm happy with my performance but I could have done better in Superpole. It was simply very competitive and I unfortunately lost a few tenths at certain points of the track. My team has worked really hard during all the sessions so far and this morning we continues to work on the set-up of the bike. We'll see how we go tomorrow in warm-up before establishing whether to make any more modifications but I'd say we're more or less ready for the races."
This afternoon the Ricardo Tormo circuit was also the location for the presentation of the Alfa Romeo 147 Ducati Corse to the Spanish media. Team Manager Davide Tardozzi and the two riders were all guests at the event which strengthens the relationship between Alfa Romeo and Ducati.