Valencia: Ducati Saturday report

FRONT ROW STARTS IN VALENCIA FOR BAYLISS AND LANZI (DUCATI XEROX) Valencia (Spain), Saturday 22 April: Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) will line up on the front row of the grid for tomorrow's round 3 of the World Superbike ...

FRONT ROW STARTS IN VALENCIA FOR BAYLISS AND LANZI (DUCATI XEROX)

Valencia (Spain), Saturday 22 April: Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) will line up on the front row of the grid for tomorrow's round 3 of the World Superbike Championship at Valencia after qualifying in second and third position in Superpole. Just three-tenths of a second separated the top 4 on the grid as the two Ducati factory riders split two more Australians, poleman Troy Corser (Suzuki) and Steve Martin (Petronas) in fourth place.

"We struggled a little bit for grip on that lap but also at the end of the free practice session I had a crash on the front and that put me off a little for the Superpole. I had to use a new front and had to push it on the out lap and that used up my tyre a bit" declared Troy. "I'm reasonably happy however because I'm on the front row and got half a decent lap in but it was still about a second and a half slower than what I've done in the past. It wasn't much of a crash in the hairpin and I picked the bike up and went back to the pits but that all just contributed to not a great lap for me really. I hope we get some good weather for the races tomorrow, all the tests we've done here have been nice but the conditions have been quite dismal so far".

"I am really happy and my satisfaction for getting on the front row is just as great as it was in Qatar" declared Lorenzo. "I am right up there with the two Troys, but this time I hope things won't go the same way as in the first round and I can express my full potential. I am starting from the front row, which is what I wanted, hopefully the conditions will at least be like today. If it rains, it rains for everyone but the conditions don't worry me because in the winter tests we went quite well in the wet. The feeling with my 999 is really good, in the afternoon I seem to struggle a bit when it gets warmer but in the warm-up we will make a change that should help so I am confident of getting two good results tomorrow".

-www.ducati.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Steve Martin , Troy Corser , Lorenzo Lanzi