Troy Bayliss placed his Ducati 1098 F08 fastest in the first qualifying session on Friday, May 30, at the Miller Motorsports Park circuit near Salt Lake City, Utah. With a time of 1:49.394 (161.482 mph) on the outer loop, Bayliss now holds the...
Troy Bayliss placed his Ducati 1098 F08 fastest in the first qualifying session on Friday, May 30, at the Miller Motorsports Park circuit near Salt Lake City, Utah. With a time of 1:49.394 (161.482 mph) on the outer loop, Bayliss now holds the first track record for the FIM Superbike World Championship first competition at the venue.
"I'm very happy with how we've gone seeing as it's our first time here" Bayliss said. "I like the track a lot, it reminds me a little of Qatar and the surface is similar to that of Misano, with a few little bumps and things here and there. The times are already fast, and we hope to go even faster tomorrow."
The return of the world series to the United States was meet with positive reaction by the riders, the teams and the fans who came to catch the racing action. The governing body, the FIM, has elected to use the 3.048-mile outer road course versus the 4.486-mile full course for the sixth round of competition this year.
Bayliss was 0.242 seconds faster than Troy Corser at the end of the 60 minute qualifying session. On his Yamaha YZF-R1, Corser's best lap was 1:49.636. The two Aussie riders were in the top three during practice with Bayliss leading the way with Corser third. Joining the two sandwiched between them in practice was Carlos Checa.
A mere 0.096 second adrift of Corser in qualifying, Checa rode his Honda CBR1000RR to a best of 1:49.732 to the third best time.
All the top riders went faster later in the day when not only did they have more on-track experience but the weather conditions had vastly improved with warmer temperatures and less wind.
Fonsi Nieto laid down the top speed on the long straight, the longest on the world superbike schedule, over 1 kilometer (0.62 in miles). Nieto had his Suzuki GSX-R1000 up to 305.8 km/h whic converts to 191.69 mph.
Tomorrow's schedule at Miller Motorsports Park will start with the second round of qualifying will start at 11:00am (MDT) for 60 minutes. Later, the riders will have one final chance to setup their bikes in the final 60 minutes of practice at 2:45 to 3:45pm before the Superpole session for the 16 who topped the qualifying charts. The hour long session that starts at 4:00pm will set the grid for Sunday's race one.
"We've already made good progress and we pretty much know already what we're going to use in the race tyre-wise," said Bayliss. "The weather is supposed to get hotter and it's a very physical track so that will definitely make for some great racing!"