THE DUCATI XEROX TEAM RESERVE PROVISIONAL PLACES ON THE FRONT TWO ROWS AT THE RING Nuerburgring After a wet free practice session in the morning, factory riders Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) were relieved that the track had...
THE DUCATI XEROX TEAM RESERVE PROVISIONAL PLACES ON THE FRONT TWO ROWS AT THE RING
After a wet free practice session in the morning, factory riders Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) were relieved that the track had dried somewhat before the afternoon's first qualifying session, in which Bayliss achieved the second fastest time and Fabrizio the eighth. With neither rider ever having seen this track until their arrival here yesterday, changes to set-up were made throughout the day with each rider facing their respective difficulties. It was no surprise that, aside from Bayliss, the fastest riders of the day were Corser, Checa and Neukirchner, the few to have ridden the track before (though alterations have been made to the track in recent years). Having said that, the nine fastest riders all recorded times within a second of each other and so this promises for some close racing over the weekend.
Troy Bayliss 1m57.6s
"I was pretty happy with this morning's session in the rain and we found a pretty good solution which allowed us to put in some decent laps. This afternoon in drier conditions was more difficult and we had a few niggling problems with one bike that threw us off and put us a little behind everyone else. We finally got a few good laps in and got going towards the end of the session but I could be happier and hope we can do a bit better tomorrow. I'm also pretty sore from the crash I had in Salt Lake and one of my ribs had been hurting out there today but anyway, we'll see what tomorrow brings."
Michel Fabrizio 1m58.0s
"It went quite well today all things considered. We have no idea how the weather will be over the weekend which is a problem of course but I went pretty well this afternoon and it seems like a nice track. I'm losing a couple of tenths in the first split, in a similar way to how I was going at Miller so I want to try and make a bit of time up round those first corners tomorrow. We've tried different tyres today, during the wet and dry sessions, so we know more or less what to try tomorrow, whatever the conditions. I'm feeling quietly confident for the weekend."