Troy Bayliss will line up on the grid for
tomorrow's two World Superbike races at the Autodromo di Monza in second
place after a thrilling Superpole battle with his arch-rival Troy Corser
(Suzuki), who took the pole.
Team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi was unable to make much headway both in qualifying
and the one-lap dash and will start the Italian Round from the fourth row of
"In general I'm pretty satisfied because everything's going quite well"
declared Troy. "I'm happy with the performance on the race tyre but all
weekend we've just been struggling with the bike which is a little bit
unstable at high speed. We'll try some minor change in the morning warm-up
but I can deal with the problem. Apart from that the bike is working well
and I put a good Superpole lap together. My lap looked a bit hairy but it
would be nice if I could relax a bit more on the straight instead of having
to work so hard. We're reasonably happy, but we just want a good day
tomorrow with some good weather and I'm sure we'll see some great racing at
"It wasn't a good day" commented Lorenzo. "Quite simply we were unable to
get the right set-up on the bike and then I was unable to get the best out
of the qualifying tyre. I also made a couple of errors during my Superpole
lap and here I am, forced to start from the fourth row of the grid instead
of the second. Let's hope for the best tomorrow, it'll be tough to recover
from so far back, if you don't latch on to the leading group, you can forget
about getting back up with the frontrunners".
Steve Martin said: "I can take some positives out of the day. I think the lap of 1:48.9 this morning was about as quick as we are going to go at this circuit. I am pretty sure we are getting the most out of our package although we still need to get rid of high-speed weave when the tyres are worn. I will be happy if we can have two consistent and trouble-free races tomorrow."
Craig Jones said: "We have tried everything except turning the bike upside down to try and get rid of the wobble down the start-finish straight. I am probably losing around half a second down that straight alone and we need to make improvements overnight if I am going to be able to race with anyone tomorrow."
- 1. Corser (Suzuki) 1m46.058s
- 2. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m46.360s
- 3. Barros (Honda) 1m46.511s
- 4. Laconi (Kawasaki) 1m46.597s
- 5. Walker (Kawasaki) 1m46.978s
- 6. Pitt (Yamaha) 1m47.015s
- 7. Muggeridge (Honda) 1m47.082s
- 8. Toseland (Honda) 1m47.133s
- 9. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m47.156s
- 10. Haga (Yamaha) 1m47.627s