BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) BLASTS TO HIS SIXTH SUPERPOLE OF THE YEAR AND HIS 18TH ALL-TIME AT VALLELUNGA Vallelunga (Italy), Saturday 29 September : Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) became the only rider to set a sub-1m36s lap this weekend at...
BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) BLASTS TO HIS SIXTH SUPERPOLE OF THE YEAR AND HIS 18TH ALL-TIME AT VALLELUNGA
Vallelunga (Italy), Saturday 29 September : Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) became the only rider to set a sub-1m36s lap this weekend at Vallelunga as he powered to a sixth Superpole of the year. The two-times World Superbike champion will start tomorrow's two races of the penultimate round of the championship ahead of his fellow Aussie Troy Corser (Yamaha), Ruben Xaus (Ducati Sterilgarda) and Max Biaggi (Suzuki). Ducati Xerox team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi also put in a good performance and lines up in sixth place on row 2 behind Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha)
"It's been quite an up-and-down weekend for me so far" declared Troy. "To have three crashes is not ideal, but sometimes you learn something from the crashes. One we were playing with the setting of the bike by lowering it and we lost ground clearance; another I bottomed out the forks and the third I was on a hard tyre. I was pretty happy with my Superpole lap, but I was a bit worried when I saw Troy had done a flat 36, he's taken a lot of Superpoles over the years and to come out on top you have to do a really good job against him. However I'm happy, I'm on the front row and we'll see how things go tomorrow."
"Considering I've hardly ever tested on this track, I can say that my result is not bad" commented Lorenzo. "I'm satisfied, the bike is going really well and I'm pleased with the race set-up, which is the most important thing. I really want to finish off the season in a good way, because it's been a bit of an uphill struggle. I did a long-run of almost 20 laps, setting some good times. I like the track, the first part is really quick and for the race tomorrow I'm sure I can get a good result, even though 25 laps are really long."