LANZI GOES THIRD QUICKEST FOR DUCATI XEROX IN FRANCE, NEW CHAMPION BAYLISS EIGHTH Magny-Cours (France), Friday 6th October: The Ducati Xerox Team riders placed third and eighth in Friday first qualifying for the final round of the 2006 World ...
LANZI GOES THIRD QUICKEST FOR DUCATI XEROX IN FRANCE, NEW CHAMPION BAYLISS EIGHTH
Magny-Cours (France), Friday 6th October: The Ducati Xerox Team riders placed third and eighth in Friday first qualifying for the final round of the 2006 World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours in France. Lorenzo Lanzi was third quickest in the one-hour session, recording a time of 1 minute 40.821 seconds, to line up on the provisional front row behind Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) and James Toseland (Honda), while newly-crowned champion Troy Bayliss was eighth fastest with a time of 1m41.006s. Troy and Lorenzo had a crash during the opening qualifying session but were both unhurt.
"This is my first time here in Magny-Cours and it's taken me a bit of getting used to" declared Troy. "This morning we did a really good first session to finish fourth, while this afternoon we went a bit faster but I had a crash at the front, up at the top in the penultimate corner. We're struggling to find exactly what I'm looking for at the moment and I may have missed out on putting in a good tyre towards the end. This weekend we're taking it how it goes, a bit like a test session really; you never know, we might learn something for next year! Saying all that I'm not far off anyway, Nori did one good lap, but I'm only two or three tenths off second place so I'm feeling OK".
"On my exit lap from the pits I was pushing quite hard because I was following some other riders and I crashed more or less in the same corner as Troy" commented Lorenzo. "I got onto the other bike and immediately set my best time which means that everything is OK. Now to remain in the top 3 this time will surely not be enough tomorrow because we're all close together. However I've seen that on race pace Toseland, Haga and myself are the fastest three so that's good. Let's see if we can improve a bit more tomorrow, and that will allow me to start from the front row of the grid".