Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox Team)
kept up the pressure on his championship rivals with quickest time on the
second day of the three-day test session organized by FG Sport at Valencia.
The 36-year-old Australian, who won on home territory three weeks ago
to head the points table, shaved a further chunk off yesterday's mark on his
Xerox-backed Ducati 999F06 to end the second day with a time of 1m34.987s,
set during the morning session.
His closest rival, fellow Aussie Troy Corser (Suzuki) was again left
in second place, a full half-a-second down on the former world champion.
Bayliss crashed in the final minutes of the afternoon session while trying
out a new front tyre but was unscathed.
"It went pretty good again today" commented Bayliss. "The track was
not bad this morning and I did a 34m90s which was OK. In the afternoon I did
a full race simulation in similar times to last year but it was hot and
windy out there. I had a bit of a crash at the end when I was doing some
quick laps on a soft front tyre and lost the front on some oil, but I'm OK.
We'll see how it goes tomorrow morning when I can improve my time but the
most important thing is to do a long-run in the afternoon in preparation for
the race here in April."
His 24-year-old Italian team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi, sixth after the first
day, knocked three-tenths off his time but slipped down one place in the
overall standings behind Chris Walker ((Kawasaki), Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki)
and Fonsi Nieto (Kawasaki).
"I tried a number of different front tyres today and we managed to
find a setting that was satisfactory" declared Lanzi. "The test today was in
any case positive because I was able to lap consistently in the 1m36s.
Tomorrow we'll do a race simulation and I am sure that I'll go well."
James Toseland - SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (12th position -57 laps - Fastest lap 1'36.323);
"A bit of frustration today for me. We have been troubling to cure the bigger problem which is the chattering but in part we solved some other smaller problems. Everything we tried has not taken away the chattering completely but I am sure tomorrow we'll make it all work like we have done in the last two races. If we look at the times we can see that we are not too far from the others, so as soon as we find our best settings we'll be able to fight with the fastest. Tomorrow we will try some long runs and some qualifying tyres to understand what situation we'll be in for the third round of the season, in three weeks time."
Karl Muggeridge - SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (8th position - 65 laps - Fastest lap 1'36.034);
"The time has gotten better on the second bike but bike one had some problems. This morning I hurt my back somehow and it surely didn't help me through the afternoon session. Also, the weather wasn't the best this afternoon, due to a quite strong wind, but apart from these things I can consider myself satisfied with the work we did today. Tomorrow we'll concentrate on pushing the bike a bit more and try some long runs. We'll also try some qualifying tyres that Pirelli will provide us with."
Steve Martin said: "The morning session was pretty positive and I managed to lap a lot quicker than last year. Tomorrow I need to improve the handling of the bike with the new specification camshaft, as I am having problems wheelying out of the corners, so we will change the weight distribution and ride heights. I want to do a long run on race tyres tomorrow and then put some qualifiers in, as some of the other riders have done today. But when it comes to the race we already know that it is going to be so tight as not to be funny!"
Craig Jones said: "We made a lot of progress today and I was able to take a big chunk out of my time. If I can keep on doing that tomorrow I will end up with a decent time. A lot of the improvement is coming from just riding the bike and learning the track but I think I can still find a lot of time in the set-up of the bike. I am looking forward to going out in the morning and using the experience I have gained today to go quicker straight away."
- 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m34.987s
- 2. Corser (Suzuki) 1m35.571s
- 3. Haga (Yamaha) 1m35.618s
- 4. Walker (Kawasaki) 1m35.827s
- 5. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m35.899s
- 6. Nieto (Kawasaki) 1m35.974s
- 7. Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) 1m36.009s
- 8. Muggeridge (Honda) 1m36.034s
- 9. Xaus (Ducati) 1m36.175s
- 10. Pitt (Yamaha) 1m36.215s