Utah: Ducati Friday notes

THE DUCATI XEROX TEAM MAKES A CONVINCING START AT MILLER, WITH BAYLISS ON PROVISIONAL POLE Miller - Salt Lake City (USA): the Ducati Xerox Team rode the Miller Motorsports track in Salt Lake City for the first time today, completing an...

THE DUCATI XEROX TEAM MAKES A CONVINCING START AT MILLER, WITH BAYLISS ON PROVISIONAL POLE

Miller - Salt Lake City (USA): the Ducati Xerox Team rode the Miller Motorsports track in Salt Lake City for the first time today, completing an impressive first qualifying session in dry conditions here this afternoon. Troy Bayliss quickly found his feet to take the fastest qualifying time and hence another provisional pole, as well as a new lap record, while team-mate Michel Fabrizio was fifth fastest, also recording one of the top speeds of the day. A brand new track for all the World Superbike teams and riders, the Ducati Xerox squad and its' F08 machines have quickly got up to speed at Miller, and are enjoying the circuit, so they look forward to a weekend of great racing. With a track temperature of 43DEGC this afternoon, forecasts promise even warmer conditions over the next couple of days.

Troy Bayliss 1m49.3s

"I'm very happy with how we've gone seeing as it's our first time here. I like the track a lot, it reminds me a little of Qatar and the surface is similar to that of Misano, with a few little bumps and things here and there. The times are already fast, and we hope to go even faster tomorrow. We've already made good progress and we already have some ideas with regard to what we're going to use in the race tyre-wise. The weather is supposed to get hotter and it's a very physical track so that will definitely make for some great racing!"

Michel Fabrizio 1m49.8s

"I must admit I'm very satisfied with my performance today. There are a couple of curves where I'm losing a couple of tenths and hope to get those right tomorrow to go even faster, but I can say it's a really nice track to ride. I feel really comfortable with the bike and everyone seems to be going fast already which makes it good and competitive. Today's weather conditions were advantageous too so we hope that that continues for tomorrow and Sunday too!"

-credit: ducati.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Michel Fabrizio