BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX TEAM) KEEPS UP PRESSURE ON HIS RIVALS WITH QUICKEST TIME ON DAY 2 OF VALENCIA TEST Valencia (Spain), Tuesday 28 March: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox Team) kept up the pressure on his championship rivals with quickest time...
BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX TEAM) KEEPS UP PRESSURE ON HIS RIVALS WITH QUICKEST TIME ON DAY 2 OF VALENCIA TEST
Valencia (Spain), Tuesday 28 March: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox Team) kept up the pressure on his championship rivals with quickest time on the second day of the three-day test session organized by FG Sport at Valencia.
The 36-year-old Australian, who won on home territory three weeks ago to head the points table, shaved a further chunk off yesterday's mark on his Xerox-backed Ducati 999F06 to end the second day with a time of 1m34.987s, set during the morning session.
His closest rival, fellow Aussie Troy Corser (Suzuki) was again left in second place, a full half-a-second down on the former world champion. Bayliss crashed in the final minutes of the afternoon session while trying out a new front tyre but was unscathed.
"It went pretty good again today" commented Bayliss. "The track was not bad this morning and I did a 34m90s which was OK. In the afternoon I did a full race simulation in similar times to last year but it was hot and windy out there. I had a bit of a crash at the end when I was doing some quick laps on a soft front tyre and lost the front on some oil, but I'm OK. We'll see how it goes tomorrow morning when I can improve my time but the most important thing is to do a long-run in the afternoon in preparation for the race here in April."
His 24-year-old Italian team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi, sixth after the first day, knocked three-tenths off his time but slipped down one place in the overall standings behind Chris Walker ((Kawasaki), Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) and Fonsi Nieto (Kawasaki).
"I tried a number of different front tyres today and we managed to find a setting that was satisfactory" declared Lanzi. "The test today was in any case positive because I was able to lap consistently in the 1m36s. Tomorrow we'll do a race simulation and I am sure that I'll go well."
OVERALL TIMES: 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m34.987s; 2. Corser (Suzuki) 1m35.571s; 3. Haga (Yamaha) 1m35.618s; 4. Walker (Kawasaki) 1m35.827s; 5. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m35.899s; 6. Nieto (Kawasaki) 1m35.974s; 7. Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) 1m36.009s; 8. Muggeridge (Honda) 1m36.034s; 9. Xaus (Ducati) 1m36.175s; 10. Pitt (Yamaha) 1m36.215s; etc.