BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) FIFTH IN OPENING QUALIFYING SESSION IN SWELTERING BRNO HEAT Brno (Czech Republic), Friday 20 July: Troy Bayliss took fifth place in today's opening qualifying session for Round 9 of the World Superbike Championship at a ...
BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) FIFTH IN OPENING QUALIFYING SESSION IN SWELTERING BRNO HEAT
Brno (Czech Republic), Friday 20 July: Troy Bayliss took fifth place in today's opening qualifying session for Round 9 of the World Superbike Championship at a sweltering Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic. The Australian double world champion was on the pace all day and was quite satisfied with his Friday performance on what has always proved to be a difficult track for the twin-cylinder Italian machines. Team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi had a much tougher day today, the Italian failing to sort out the front end set-up and suffering as a result down in twelfth place.
"That was OK. We did a long run and it was better than what we did last year in the race so we're making some good progress" said Troy. "We've got a couple more things to try tomorrow but we know that if we had put a softer tyre in there at the end we could have got a better time. I used the same tyres for most of the session and we're pretty happy. Conditions are hot and hard out there, there are a few different ideas about what the weather is going to do this weekend but I think it's going to be hot and I'm just working towards that. We're struggling for power here, that's for sure. I was with Rolfo and it's just disheartening when you lose a few bike lengths out of every corner and then you've got to try and make up on the brakes and in the corners".
"It went worse than in the test, I couldn't even do one good lap" commented Lorenzo. "I had a lot of problems with the front, but behind things are not bad, we sorted things out there and now we just have to do some good laps on the soft tyre. I think that with this tyre it will be possible to stay with the leading group because with the others I'm a lot slower. I didn't think I was going to struggle that much, the bike is the same as the test but it's handling differently so now we've got a few things to try tomorrow. We'll change the front around a bit, there shouldn't be two seconds difference from the test and I'm sure we can at least make a second up with an ideal setting."