BAYLISS SECOND QUICKEST FOR DUCATI XEROX AS BATTLE OF TWO TROYS CONTINUES AT VALENCIA Valencia (Spain), Friday 21 April: Troy Bayliss set second quickest time for the Ducati Xerox Team as his battle with reigning champion Troy Corser (Suzuki) ...
BAYLISS SECOND QUICKEST FOR DUCATI XEROX AS BATTLE OF TWO TROYS CONTINUES AT VALENCIA
Valencia (Spain), Friday 21 April: Troy Bayliss set second quickest time for the Ducati Xerox Team as his battle with reigning champion Troy Corser (Suzuki) continued in first qualifying at Valencia. Just 43/100ths of a second separated the two Australian rivals after the one-hour session while another Aussie, Steve Martin (Petronas) and Japan's Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) made up the other two slots on the provisional front row of the grid.
"I can't be fastest all the time but all things considered everything is going OK" declared Troy. "We made a couple of minor changes to the bike in Misano and everything seemed to work quite well. When we came here the bike is so close to what it was last time we were here but we seem to be missing a little bit of feeling in the front. So one bike we're definitely going to have exactly the same tomorrow morning and test it again, but honestly we're going OK and the times are good. Valencia is a bit strange in the afternoon, you struggle for grip but on the race tyre, I'm using the hardest one possible and it seems to be working well. This morning I did a lot of laps on it and this afternoon we were just making a few changes here and there. It maybe wasn't as good a session as it could have been but it was OK".
Lorenzo Lanzi improved later in the session to eighth place but then crashed out with a couple of minutes remaining. "I was pushing hard because tomorrow it looks as if it's going to rain and I wanted to be as far up the timesheets as possible. I was doing another good time after the one that put me into eighth place, then I crashed in the second right hander. The front of the bike just turned in on me, I tried to keep it up and finish the curve but there was nothing doing. But there's no problem and I'm not hurt".