BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE WITH LAST MINUTE QUICK LAP AT MISANO ADRIATICO Misano Adriatico (Italy), Friday 23 June: Troy Bayliss pulled a last minute quick lap out of the bag to clinch provisional pole position for the Ducati...
BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE WITH LAST MINUTE QUICK LAP AT MISANO ADRIATICO
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Friday 23 June: Troy Bayliss pulled a last minute quick lap out of the bag to clinch provisional pole position for the Ducati Xerox Team at a hot and humid Misano Adriatico circuit on Friday. The Australian was languishing in a lowly top 10 position for much of the session as he completed a race simulation, but then bolted a fresh tyre on towards the end to produce two stunning laps that just edged him ahead of fellow Australian Troy Corser (Suzuki) and the Kawasaki duo of Règis Laconi and Chris Walker.
"I had just done a long run with the hardest tyre Pirelli have got" declared Troy. "The first lap was just like the last lap which was not incredibly fast but at the end of the race it could come in handy and tomorrow I'll do another long-run with the next softer one and we'll see which one is the safest and fastest and go from there. I want to go faster than two months ago but you can't because the track's not in good condition as it's really hot. But we did a bit of a long run and we've got one tyre picked already. The tyre I did my quick lap on is the one I'll use for the long-run tomorrow and those are the two options I've got. We've basically got the same bike from Brno, not the same as the one we used in the tests here because today it's 15 warmer and that makes a big difference."
Team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi qualified in provisional thirteenth place but with the top 15 riders all within one second of each other, the 24-year-old Italian is within striking distance of the men in front.
"I was feeling really good this morning when I set fourth quickest time but this afternoon we concentrated on testing several different tyres seeing as my race pace is already pretty good. I was lapping close to Troy so that gives me confidence for tomorrow and the race day" commented Lorenzo. "When we fitted a slightly softer tyre to do my time there were a lot of riders out on the track and I made a big mistake, which ruined my lap and then there was no more time left to do another one."