BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES FIGHTING RACE 1 PODIUM AT VALENCIA Valencia (Spain), Sunday 15 April : Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) took a fighting third place podium finish in race 1 at Valencia and a sixth position in the second counter as Ruben...
BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES FIGHTING RACE 1 PODIUM AT VALENCIA
Valencia (Spain), Sunday 15 April : Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) took a fighting third place podium finish in race 1 at Valencia and a sixth position in the second counter as Ruben Xaus (Ducati) and James Toseland (Honda) clinched the wins on the day.
Despite clearly suffering from the aftermath of his Donington crash two weeks ago, Troy was quick to play down any idea that it had affected his performance at Valencia.
"I'm a little bit disappointed actually because I've been feeling quite good all weekend" declared Troy in the Clinica Mobile where the medics were removing fifteen stitches from his right hand. "My injuries are not that big, they haven't hurt me all weekend and they haven't been a factor in me not doing so well. The first race was OK, but the second was a bit disappointing. We really struggled with the setting and it worked the tyres too much. I lost ten points on James but the whole plan was to make up points on him not to lose them. That's the way it is sometimes. In turn 1 I got in a little bit deep and I'd been wasting my front tyre. As soon as you touch the filler you just have to try and stand it up otherwise it's going to crash. Now I'm looking forward to going to Assen, it's a great track and it should be fun".
Team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi showed some determination in the final laps of the first race to beat off the challenge of Max Biaggi (Suzuki) and then defended well for a good fifth place finish in race 2.
"In race 1 I lost too much time in the early laps because I didn't have enough confidence on the damp track" commented Lorenzo. "I didn't take any risks and the others just went away from me. However in the last ten laps I was lapping at the same pace as them, but I could only finish sixth. In race 2 I pushed hard right from the start, taking Ruben, then he passed me again, then I had a fight with Troy and in the final few laps when Max passed me, the rear tyre performance just dropped away. Last year I was on the podium twice here and I was much happier but I wasn't in as good a position as I am now in the championship".