SUPER BAYLISS TAKES SUPERPOLE FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM IN BRANDS HATCH SUPERBIKE Brands Hatch (UK), Saturday 5 August: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) took the tenth pole position of his World Superbike career with a blistering lap of 1m25.449s at...
SUPER BAYLISS TAKES SUPERPOLE FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM IN BRANDS HATCH SUPERBIKE
Brands Hatch (UK), Saturday 5 August: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) took the tenth pole position of his World Superbike career with a blistering lap of 1m25.449s at Brands Hatch, which becomes the Kent circuit's outright lap record. The Australian, who leads the championship by 73 points, will line up at the front of the grid for tomorrow's two races ahead of Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) and the Honda Ten Kate duo of Karl Muggeridge and James Toseland. Italian team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi set his quickest time over the weekend in the one-lap dash and will start from the third row of the grid in eleventh position.
"I went a little bit wide on the first corner and just missed the line by a foot so the first split wasn't great and I was maybe a little bit nervous but I put the lap together and it all came good in the end so I'm pretty happy to be starting on pole position tomorrow" declared Troy. "Brands Hatch is a funny place, it's got lots of dips and bumps and you have to set the bike different to every other place and as a result your lap looks quite 'physical', but it does make for good racing and it should be a good day tomorrow. It's nice to be fastest and that's what everyone aims for, but a front row start here at Brands is always great. I took my second ever World Superbike win here in 2000 but that was a long time ago and I'd like to score a couple more tomorrow!"
"I did my quickest lap this weekend during the Superpole, but I had a bit of bad luck because we had to change the clutch before the session" commented Lorenzo. "It's not any excuse in any way but it made things a bit more difficult in Superpole. Today I really thought I could have got sixth or seventh place because I've always been more or less six tenths slower than Troy and with a time like that I could have got onto the second row. Starting from row 3 makes things a bit more difficult, hopefully I can get a good start because there are some tough guys to overtook ahead of me. However my race pace is good and I'm sure I can get two good results tomorrow."