Phillip Island: Ducati Saturday notes

POLE POSITION AND THIRD PLACE IN SUPERPOLE Phillip Island (Australia): A fantastic result for Bayliss and Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) in Superpole today with Bayliss just snatching pole from fellow Australian Corser, breaking the lap record in the...

POLE POSITION AND THIRD PLACE IN SUPERPOLE

Phillip Island (Australia): A fantastic result for Bayliss and Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) in Superpole today with Bayliss just snatching pole from fellow Australian Corser, breaking the lap record in the process, while team-mate Fabrizio secured third place on the grid. Two front row places on tomorrow's grid for the riders and their new 1098 F08 machine is a very satisfying result for the Ducati Xerox Team. Bayliss' performance was all the more impressive as after high-siding in this morning's qualifying session, a visit to the circuit's clinic resulted in him having eight stitches administered to his left elbow.

Troy Bayliss 1m31.4s

"It's been an eventful day that's for sure. This morning I high-sided exiting turn 11 and I had to have eight stitches in my elbow but it didn't bother me during this afternoon's practice and Superpole. I'm pretty confident about tomorrow's race and am happy I was able to take pole, though I didn't really expect to. I knew it was going to be very close between Corser and me here today and we both generally end up lapping with similar times at this track. I couldn't try another long-run today as planned due to the crash but Michel was able to do that instead and the team was happy with the results. Tomorrow the first few laps will surely be exciting and then I guess it will come down to tyre performance. It should be a great day of racing."

Michel Fabrizio 1m32.1s

"I am extremely happy with today's times. Up until this point it's been a great weekend and I just hope it continues that way tomorrow! Today we did a long-run and it seems that we've made some progress with respect to how we went yesterday. It will undoubtedly be a challenging race tomorrow and if I am able to keep up with the two Troys then that would already be a good result as far as I'm concerned."

-credit: ducati.com/racing

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Michel Fabrizio , Phillip Island