A WET FIRST DAY AT VALLELUNGA FOR THE DUCATI XEROX TEAM Vallelunga (Italy), Friday 19th September 2008: after spending four days in the rain at Donington just two weeks ago, the Ducati Xerox Team were not expecting to face similar conditions...
A WET FIRST DAY AT VALLELUNGA FOR THE DUCATI XEROX TEAM
Vallelunga (Italy), Friday 19th September 2008: after spending four days in the rain at Donington just two weeks ago, the Ducati Xerox Team were not expecting to face similar conditions here at Vallelunga. Two wet sessions left factory riders Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio in third and sixteenth place respectively at the end of today's first qualifying.
The rain intensified mid-way through the afternoon qualifying session, meaning that nearly all riders spent a good part of the session confined to the garage. Troy, who had recorded the third fastest time earlier in the session, decided not to go back out on track. Team-mate Michel exited for the final time just minutes before the end of the session but unfortunately the track conditions prevented him from improving on his lap times. As the weather is likely to improve tomorrow, the Ducati Xerox team will start over in the morning, positive that they will improve performance throughout the weekend.
Troy Bayliss 1m51.1s
"It doesn't feel like we're at Vallelunga to be honest, as all the test sessions we've done here in the past have been in hot, sunny conditions and now we've had rain all day today. It's rained solidly but at least we had good settings from the last wet weekend in Donington so it's gone ok for us. Tomorrow it is supposed to be sunny again so we hope that's the case and that we can have a positive, and dry, weekend. I'm feeling comfortable on the bike and so the plan is to do two good races on Sunday, take some solid points and see what the situation is at the end of the weekend ."
Michel Fabrizio 1m52.8s
"The problem this afternoon was that just as I was starting to pick up pace it started to rain more heavily, meaning I had to come back into the garage. I didn't get another chance to improve my times after that as the rain continued. There were certain points of the track where I was sliding a lot, a lack of grip that meant I was losing the rear. Anyway, they are saying that tomorrow should be sunny again so I'm hopeful that that's the case and me and team will start afresh, improving on today's performance."