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Bayliss Sets Unofficial Best Lap In Misano Testing - April 13th 2006

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    Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) followed up his stunning performance at Valencia two weeks ago with another dominant display in more than nine hours of FGSport-organised World Superbike tests at Misano Adriatico. The two days of action at the Santamonica circuit have concluded the two tests that split the second and third round of the championship.

    The 37-year-old Australian took another half-a-second off the time he set yesterday to leave the Santamonica circuit's unofficial best Superbike lap at 1m33.317s. This is two-tenths quicker than Troy's lap record from 2002, which was also the last time the current championship points leader raced here.

    "Everything went pretty good again today, the only problem we had was someone spilt some oil on the track and that interfered with my only long-run that I was in the middle of, but it wasn't a big deal because the track's going to be a bit different when we come back" declared Bayliss. "In the last 15 minutes I tried a qualifier and went a bit faster than what I did this morning. I thought I could have dipped into the 32s but it didn't quite happen. We left here in good spirits and now we move on to Valencia, which we're quietly confident about especially after the tests a couple of weeks ago".

    In fourth position after yesterday's session, fourth again at the end of two days; Bayliss's young team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi made a major step forward towards the end of the test, setting a best time of 1m33.933s, almost one second quicker than yesterday.

    "Today I managed to make a clear step forward, even though in the afternoon with the race tyre I had a bit of difficulty. We were unable to finish all the scheduled programme because of the red flag that made us lose some time" declared Lanzi. "We were going to make some big changes, but we were unable to do so. I put on a qualifying tyre and the feeling with the bike was excellent, but unfortunately I made an error at the Quercia and almost crashed. However I am happy with my time, even though I know we still have to improve a lot".

    World Superbike resumes its championship trail next week in Valencia, Spain with round 3 of the series, while the Misano round is scheduled for June 25th.

    Craig Jones said: "That was probably my best day on the PETRONAS FP1 and this test has been very positive. We have made good progress after finding a good base set-up yesterday. The bike is turning better than it was in Valencia and that has given me more confidence. That is important because sometimes you can get lost by making wholesale changes. I was able to get down to 36.5s on race tyres and, although I probably still need to find another 1.5 seconds, I feel I would have been able to go some way towards that if we had had another day here and I only used the poorer of the two qualifying tyres. I was faster than some fairly quick guys through some sectors. I can see the light now and hopefully it's not too far away."

    Steve Martin said: "It was a very frustrating afternoon as I missed more than half of the final session through engine issues. It's clear that the competition has come on a lot so we won't really know where we are at until the race here. If I had been able to use another qualifier in the afternoon I would probably have gone faster but I am pushing right on the limit. It would have been better to have finished the test on a more positive note but at least we are confident we have a pretty good set-up for next week's race at Valencia."


  1. 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m33.317s
  2. 2. Corser (Suzuki) 1m33.824s
  3. 3. Haga (Yamaha) 1m33.870s
  4. 4. Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) 1m33.933s
  5. 5. Walker (Kawasaki) 1m33.984s
  6. 6. Laconi (Kawasaki) 1m34.085s
  7. 7. Nieto (Kawasaki) 1m34.181s
  8. 8. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m34.266s
  9. 9. Xaus (Ducati) 1m34.315s
  10. 10. Pitt (Yamaha) 1m34.469s