Monza: Ducati Saturday report

BAYLISS TAKES STORMING FRONT ROW GRID SLOT FOR DUCATI XEROX AT MONZA Monza (Italy), Saturday 12 May: Troy Bayliss rode a storming Superpole lap at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza this afternoon to line up second on the starting-grid for ...

BAYLISS TAKES STORMING FRONT ROW GRID SLOT FOR DUCATI XEROX AT MONZA

Monza (Italy), Saturday 12 May: Troy Bayliss rode a storming Superpole lap at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza this afternoon to line up second on the starting-grid for tomorrow's Italian Round of the World Superbike Championship. The Australian's time of 1'45.345 was only bettered by polesitter Noriyuki Haga who was four-tenths of a second quicker on his Yamaha. Max Biaggi (Suzuki) and Troy Corser (Yamaha) make up the front row ahead of points leader James Toseland (Honda), while Ducati Xerox team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi recorded a 1'47.067 to go twelfth quickest.

"It all went well" declared Troy. "Superpole is always a difficult one especially here in Monza, there are a few nerves flying around because it's pretty special here. It's been a little bit up and down for us this weekend and we've had a few interruptions but we're getting there. I've been struggling a little bit with the bike moving around all weekend so we have to work a little bit more on that and make a small change tomorrow morning but I'm happy to start on the front row, its very important here. It's going to be a very hard day tomorrow. I'm really struggling in the second split but going really strong in the first and last split which is good because I can always tailback on the start-finish straight. Everyone's going so fast that it could be quite dramatic tomorrow!"

"We tried to limit the damage in Superpole, but as I was the first rider to go out the track was not very quick" commented Lorenzo. "We could see that because the last eight guys all went well. I improved on my last year's time, we'll see what the races are like tomorrow but they are not going to be easy. I did a lot of laps with different tyres and we now have a clear idea on which one to choose. I want to make a good start to remain with the leading group. I knew that this was going to be the most difficult track on the entire world championship calendar, but the bike is going well and I hope to do a couple of good races tomorrow.

-credit: ducati

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Max Biaggi , Troy Bayliss , Noriyuki Haga , James Toseland , Troy Corser , Lorenzo Lanzi