BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX TEAM) SMASHES UNOFFICIAL VALENCIA LAP RECORD TO COMPLETE TOTAL DOMINATION OF FGSPORT TESTING - LANZI MOVES UP TO THIRD BEHIND XAUS FOR A DUCATI 1-2-3 Valencia (Spain), Wednesday 29 March: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox ...
BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX TEAM) SMASHES UNOFFICIAL VALENCIA LAP RECORD TO COMPLETE TOTAL DOMINATION OF FGSPORT TESTING - LANZI MOVES UP TO THIRD BEHIND XAUS FOR A DUCATI 1-2-3
Valencia (Spain), Wednesday 29 March: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox Team) smashed the unofficial Superbike lap record at Valencia today to complete his total domination of the three-day FGSport official test. The Australian's time of 1m33.758s, set on qualifying tyres in the morning, was almost one second quicker than the rest of the 28-strong field of riders and was six-tenths of a second under the time he set during February testing at the same circuit. Troy's performance on race tyres was also impressive, his time of 1m34.60s a fraction under 2003 Ducati champion Neil Hodgson's mark.
"When I woke up this morning and saw that the conditions were good, I knew I could do some quick times" declared Bayliss, "and I immediately did a 34.7 on my first exit on race tyres. We tried a few more things this morning and then I put on a Q-tyre to set the time. My first long-run in the afternoon was not as good as we expected, but we made a few changes to the front and rear and did a great full-race simulation. My last lap was one-tenth of a second slower than my best lap so we did everything we set out to do. I've been wanting to do a lap in the 33s here for some time and I'm feeling great about it. Ruben also looked good today, it feels really strange to have my former team-mate and my current team-mate behind me!".
Ducati Xerox team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi made a further step forward today, the Italian recording third-quickest time behind Ruben Xaus on the F05 version of the Ducati 999.
"We have improved a lot over the last three days and the results are clear to see because I set third quickest time so I am pleased with my performance" commented Lanzi. "This afternoon in the long-run I wanted to lap in the same times as the front-runners but I struggled a bit, maybe because it was so warm out there. We have changed my 999 a lot in these tests, but now I believe we are going in the right direction. It's always a pleasure to be ahead of guys like Corser and Haga in the standings, but I can't say the same about Ruben who is using my bike from last year!".
World Superbike now heads to the Santamonica circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy for a further two days of testing on April 12-13 before the championship resumes on April 23 with the Spanish Round at Valencia.
OVERALL TIMES: 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m33.758s; 2. Xaus (Ducati) 1m34.659s ; 3. Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) 1m34.848s; 4. Corser (Suzuki) 1m34.933s; 5. Martin (Petronas) 1m35.178s; 6. Haga (Yamaha) 1m35.295s; 7. Nieto (Kawasaki) 1m35.377s; 8. Pitt (Yamaha) 1m35.423s; 9. Fabrizio (Honda) 1m35.437s; 10. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m35.538s; etc.