SILVERSTONE SHORT CIRCUIT AWAITS CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER BAYLISS AND LANZI (DUCATI XEROX TEAM) Silverstone (UK), Thursday 25 May: Following the high-speed blast around Monza, the World Superbike Championship passes from the quickest to the slowest...
SILVERSTONE SHORT CIRCUIT AWAITS CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER BAYLISS AND LANZI (DUCATI XEROX TEAM)
Silverstone (UK), Thursday 25 May: Following the high-speed blast around Monza, the World Superbike Championship passes from the quickest to the slowest track on the championship calendar as the Ducati Xerox Team pairing of Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi line up for the fifth round at Silverstone. Last year the Grand Prix circuit used for three editions of World Superbike up until 2004 was replaced by the 3.561 km short track, and the two races saw a double triumph for the Ducati Xerox Team with Regis Laconi and James Toseland taking a win apiece.
The hard-charging Aussie Troy Bayliss last raced at Silverstone in 2002, when he shared the wins on a rain-affected Sunday with his Honda rival Colin Edwards. This time round Troy is on a winning streak of five consecutive races and he aims to further increase his points lead this weekend.
"For me Silverstone is similar to Monza because I always seem to get good results there," declared Troy. "In BSB I was always up at the front or winning, and I remember that day back in 2002 when I won one race and had two crashes. Anything can happen at Silverstone! It's a different circuit now but it's still got a few corners I remember. I know we can go well here because we had a couple of wins last year!
Monza was probably the most satisfying race of the year for me. We had a few stability problems during the weekend but the guys in the team sorted it out for the race. I think I'm in pretty good shape now, I'm riding well and am confident for this weekend whether it's rainy or sunny."
Lorenzo Lanzi struggled in front of his numerous home fans at Monza, but feels confident he can score a couple of good results at Silverstone.
"I know that things didn't go too well at Monza, but I am approaching Silverstone in the right spirit, like I do about all the other races, confident and calm about it," commented Lorenzo. "Silverstone is a track that I like a lot, even though the faster circuit we used a couple of years ago was much better. The first part of the track is not bad, but I don't really like the final part which is very slow. I have some good memories of Silverstone because I won a round of the European Superstock championship here in 2003."
DUCATI XEROX RIDERS IN STORE AT HARRODS.
Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi made a special guest appearance in the famous Harrods department store in Knightsbridge, Central London this morning. In an event organised in collaboration with Ducati Corse's luggage partner Tumi, the two riders were present in the store for a couple of hours before heading off to Silverstone. Troy and Lorenzo were greeted by representatives from Harrods, Tumi and Xerox prior to the store opening and posed for photographs in front of the Harrods shop window where the luggage collection is on display. They were escorted by the store's security guards through Harrods to the Tumi concession in the luggage department to sign autographs and stop for more photographs with fans, customers and employees. Finally the riders extracted lucky names in a prize draw to win a pillion ride on the Ducati Xerox 2-Seater Experience at the Silverstone weekend as well as some items from the Tumi+Ducati luggage collection.