Monza: Ducati Saturday report

BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES SECOND PLACE GRID SLOT IN MONZA WSBK SUPERPOLE Monza (Italy), Saturday 6 May: Troy Bayliss will line up on the grid for tomorrow's two World Superbike races at the Autodromo di Monza in second place after a thrilling...

BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES SECOND PLACE GRID SLOT IN MONZA WSBK SUPERPOLE

Monza (Italy), Saturday 6 May: Troy Bayliss will line up on the grid for tomorrow's two World Superbike races at the Autodromo di Monza in second place after a thrilling Superpole battle with his arch-rival Troy Corser (Suzuki), who took the pole.

Team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi was unable to make much headway both in qualifying and the one-lap dash and will start the Italian Round from the fourth row of the grid.

"In general I'm pretty satisfied because everything's going quite well" declared Troy. "I'm happy with the performance on the race tyre but all weekend we've just been struggling with the bike which is a little bit unstable at high speed. We'll try some minor change in the morning warm-up but I can deal with the problem. Apart from that the bike is working well and I put a good Superpole lap together. My lap looked a bit hairy but it would be nice if I could relax a bit more on the straight instead of having to work so hard. We're reasonably happy, but we just want a good day tomorrow with some good weather and I'm sure we'll see some great racing at the front."

"It wasn't a good day" commented Lorenzo. "Quite simply we were unable to get the right set-up on the bike and then I was unable to get the best out of the qualifying tyre. I also made a couple of errors during my Superpole lap and here I am, forced to start from the fourth row of the grid instead of the second. Let's hope for the best tomorrow, it'll be tough to recover from so far back, if you don't latch on to the leading group, you can forget about getting back up with the frontrunners".

-www.ducati.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Lorenzo Lanzi