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WSB - Front Row Start For Bayliss and Lanzi - April 22nd 2006


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    Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) will line up on the front row of the grid for tomorrow's round 3 of the World Superbike Championship at Valencia after qualifying in second and third position in Superpole. Just three-tenths of a second separated the top 4 on the grid as the two Ducati factory riders split two more Australians, poleman Troy Corser (Suzuki) and Steve Martin (Petronas) in fourth place.

    "We struggled a little bit for grip on that lap but also at the end of the free practice session I had a crash on the front and that put me off a little for the Superpole. I had to use a new front and had to push it on the out lap and that used up my tyre a bit" declared Troy. "I'm reasonably happy however because I'm on the front row and got half a decent lap in but it was still about a second and a half slower than what I've done in the past. It wasn't much of a crash in the hairpin and I picked the bike up and went back to the pits but that all just contributed to not a great lap for me really. I hope we get some good weather for the races tomorrow, all the tests we've done here have been nice but the conditions have been quite dismal so far".

    "I am really happy and my satisfaction for getting on the front row is just as great as it was in Qatar" declared Lorenzo. "I am right up there with the two Troys, but this time I hope things won't go the same way as in the first round and I can express my full potential. I am starting from the front row, which is what I wanted, hopefully the conditions will at least be like today. If it rains, it rains for everyone but the conditions don't worry me because in the winter tests we went quite well in the wet. The feeling with my 999 is really good, in the afternoon I seem to struggle a bit when it gets warmer but in the warm-up we will make a change that should help so I am confident of getting two good results tomorrow".

    James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (9th position - 1'35.784);

    "I was very disappointed the way Superpole went but I tried my best. It would have been better to get a second row start so things are going to be very tough tomorrow. But if I can get a good start, who knows? My speed on race tyres is better so we'll be giving it everything as usual."

    Giovanni Bussei - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (26th position - 1'37.520);

    "This morning we lost almost one hour of practice because it was wet and only the last 15 minutes were useable. Working on the chassis set up in those circumstances was not so easy. But in the afternoon we made little steps; but definitely better ones, so I was quite happy with what we did. We will have the time to do something more in the warm-up tomorrow morning and I'm sure we can find a bit more to allow us to be faster in the two races."

    Steve Martin said: "It's unbelievable to be on the front row for two consecutive races this year and, considering the problems we had last year, I don't think anyone expected that. I'm wrapped! It goes to show that everyone connected with the project is still putting in 100 per cent effort. We still have the challenge of the races ahead of us so I need the best start possible. Then hopefully I will have a good enough set-up to enable me to stick in there and get bags of good points. My Superpole lap could possibly have been a bit quicker, although not enough for pole position, as I had a couple of moments that were symptomatic of the grip problems I had experienced in the afternoon session, so we will have a think about that tonight. The weather forecast is not too good for tomorrow and, although nobody wants to race in the wet, it would be more of a lottery. But I have raced well here in the wet before, so anything can happen."

    Craig Jones said: "The morning was probably my best session of the season so far and I am starting to get closer to the front and also to Steve's times. We have worked really hard on the set-up and managed to make quite a lot of progress towards getting a good feeling. I was hoping we could take it a step further this afternoon but we lost a lot of grip as the temperature rose. We just need to have a good think now and put all the settings together for the race."

    Times:

  1. 1. Corser (Suzuki) 1m34.992s
  2. 2. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m35.175s
  3. 3. Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) 1m35.203s
  4. 4. Martin (Petronas) 1m35.255s
  5. 5. Nieto (Kawasaki) 1m35.351s
  6. 6. Laconi (Kawasaki) 1m35.410s
  7. 7. Walker (Kawasaki) 1m35.452s
  8. 8. Abe (Yamaha) 1m35.701s
  9. 9. Toseland (Honda) 1m35.784s
  10. 10. Haga (Yamaha) 1m36.115s