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Bayliss Smashes Lap Record as Ducati Dominate Testing - March 29th 2006


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    Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox Team) smashed the unofficial Superbike lap record at Valencia today to complete his total domination of the three-day FGSport official test. The Australian' s time of 1m33.758s, set on qualifying tyres in the morning, was almost one second quicker than the rest of the 28-strong field of riders and was six-tenths of a second under the time he set during February testing at the same circuit. Troy's performance on race tyres was also impressive, his time of 1m34.60s a fraction under 2003 Ducati champion Neil Hodgson's mark.

    "When I woke up this morning and saw that the conditions were good, I knew I could do some quick times" declared Bayliss, "and I immediately did a 34.7 on my first exit on race tyres. We tried a few more things this morning and then I put on a Q-tyre to set the time. My first long-run in the afternoon was not as good as we expected, but we made a few changes to the front and rear and did a great full-race simulation. My last lap was one-tenth of a second slower than my best lap so we did everything we set out to do. I've been wanting to do a lap in the 33s here for some time and I 'm feeling great about it. Ruben also looked good today, it feels really strange to have my former team-mate and my current team-mate behind me!".

    Ducati Xerox team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi made a further step forward today, the Italian recording third-quickest time behind Ruben Xaus on the F05 version of the Ducati 999.

    "We have improved a lot over the last three days and the results are clear to see because I set third quickest time so I am pleased with my performance" commented Lanzi. "This afternoon in the long-run I wanted to lap in the same times as the front-runners but I struggled a bit, maybe because it was so warm out there. We have changed my 999 a lot in these tests, but now I believe we are going in the right direction. It's always a pleasure to be ahead of guys like Corser and Haga in the standings, but I can't say the same about Ruben who is using my bike from last year!".

    James Toseland - SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (Overall: 16th position - 178 laps - Fastest lap 1'35.879);

    "That was really a difficult test. We found some difficulties during the long turn. We don't have good grip and that's where we lose most of our time, we're not capable of using all the power we have. I guess we just have to work hard. For Bayliss to do a 1'33.7 is quite incredible. He must really like the track because he was also on the podium here in MotoGP. I am very impressed by that time. With race tyres he still is within reach but with qualifying tyres he did an amazing lap. All we have to do is to work hard improve our performance. I took a big hit this morning, I felt like I got punched by Mike Tyson, but I was a little lucky and now I feel better. I also hope Karl will feel better soon."

    Karl Muggeridge - SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider (Overall: 18th position - 144 laps - Fastest lap 1'35.956);

    "Not the best day of my life, but I guess this sort of thing can happen in our job. I knew I was hurt straight away, the pain was quite strong. Now all I can do is to relax so that I can be back in top form as soon as possible. Tomorrow I will go to a specialist in Switzerland and we will see what the latest situation is. I want to thank the doctors from the Clinica Mobile who have been wonderful today."

    Steve Martin said: "Today was a good day. We made some more chassis changes, to the steering head and swing arm angles, to help stop the bike wheelying out of corners. The conditions in the afternoon were not fantastic, yet I went faster every time I went out in that session. Unfortunately I crashed and just have to put that down to one of those things that happens when you are pushing the limits. But I am happy that I came away with a decent set-up for the race at the end of next month and we are heading in the right direction going into the next test at Misano."

    Craig Jones said: "I managed to improve my times from yesterday this morning before we had a few things go wrong with the bike. Then conditions didn't enable me to go quicker in the afternoon session, which was a shame. But I have regained my confidence on the bike, so there are positives to take away from here. I am a lot more comfortable on the bike and, if I can get it turning a bit better, hopefully the speed will come."

    World Superbike now heads to the Santamonica circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy for a further two days of testing on April 12-13 before the championship resumes on April 23 with the Spanish Round at Valencia.

    Overall Times:

  1. 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m33.758s
  2. 2. Xaus (Ducati) 1m34.659s
  3. 3. Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) 1m34.848s
  4. 4. Corser (Suzuki) 1m34.933s
  5. 5. Martin (Petronas) 1m35.178s
  6. 6. Haga (Yamaha) 1m35.295s
  7. 7. Nieto (Kawasaki) 1m35.377s
  8. 8. Pitt (Yamaha) 1m35.423s
  9. 9. Fabrizio (Honda) 1m35.437s
  10. 10. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m35.538s