BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) FENDS OFF HOME ATTACK FROM TOSELAND TO GRAB SUPERPOLE AT BRANDS HATCH Brands Hatch (UK), Saturday 4 August : Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) just managed to edge out James Toseland (Honda) from the top slot to take ...
BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) FENDS OFF HOME ATTACK FROM TOSELAND TO GRAB SUPERPOLE AT BRANDS HATCH
Brands Hatch (UK), Saturday 4 August : Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) just managed to edge out James Toseland (Honda) from the top slot to take the seventeenth Superpole of his career in the World Superbike Championship round at Brands Hatch. The gap between local hero Toseland and the Australian was a whisker, just 0.026 seconds, but it was enough to put Bayliss on Superpole for the fifth time this year. Team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi, a positive fifth in both the weekend's qualifying sessions, made a mistake in Superpole and will start tomorrow's two races from eighth on the grid.
"I had to work hard on my Superpole lap but it all went well" declared Troy. "I thought I could beat James's time because I'd done a 26.2 on the same tyre at the end of the Superpole warm-up, but I was surprised that I wasn't as fast as last year, a couple of tenths off. Tomorrow's going to see some great racing, and I'm confident for a couple of good races because I've been up front all weekend and the bike's going well around here. But there are a lot of guys going fast and James is in a great position in his home round, but we'll give it a nudge and see how it goes".
"I went better than last year, but I made a mistake at the first corner and got my braking all wrong" said Lorenzo. "It was a pity because it probably cost me the front row of the grid. Despite the mistake the second row is OK, because we've worked well all weekend and we've always been up there amongst the front-runners. The feeling with the 999 is really good and so is my race pace, so I count on doing a couple of good races. I have to get a good start on this track, it's important not to lose touch with the leading group as it's always difficult to overtake here".