View Full Version : Bayliss quickest at WSBK Donington Park

Ric Caley
03-30-2007, 01:30 PM

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) pocketed the new circuit best lap on an SBK weekend with a stunning 1’32.333, with possibly more to come if the weather conditions improve for day two of qualifying tomorrow. Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia) also went under the previous best with his 1’32.817 lap time, but he fell towards the end of the session, without significant injury. The wet morning untimed session saw Corser fastest while in the afternoon a narrow dry line, around almost the entire circuit, allowed all riders to improve on their early marks. Both track and air temperatures failed to rise into double figures, with the air temperature only 8°C and the track 7°C. " quoted from SpeedTV.com.

Ric Caley
03-30-2007, 01:48 PM
1450Here's a pic of Bayliss setting a new track record in qualifying for the European WSBK round today at Donington Park, England, on the 20th anniversary of the WSBK championship. (courtesy Ducati Corse)

Ric Caley
03-30-2007, 02:10 PM
NOYES: Bayliss Celebrates 38th Birthday with Provisional Pole at Donington
Written by: Dennis Noyes
" Reigning world champion Troy Bayliss set the fastest time on his Ducati Xerox 999F07 as track temperatures dipped to 44 degrees on a chilly, damp day at Donington Park. The two-time World Superbike champion, who stunned the MotoGP regulars by winning the final Grand Prix of 2006 at Valencia, turned 38 today. Bayliss' time was 1’32.333, fast enough to break the old lap record of 1´33.470 set back in 1996 and even quicker than the absolute Superbike qualifying record set in 2000 by Neil Hodgson. The last time World Superbike visited Donington was in 2001.

Second fastest was Troy Corser (35), another veteran Australian and two times World Superbike champion, who lapped in 1’32.817, with the two remaining places on the provisional front row going to Spain’s Rubén Xaus (1´33.646) on his Sterilgarda Ducati 999F06 and championship leader (and yet another former champion), James Toseland on the Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR (1’33.692).

The track temperature was far too cold to allow any of the riders to run a tire capable of going race distance. Xaus said that he was using “the softest race tire in the truck” and that it had a life of about five laps. “The important thing is to get a slot in Superpole in case it is colder and wetter tomorrow morning”.

There were two crashes at the infamous Craner Curves downhill left-hander. Troy Corser’s Santander Yamaha R1 stepped out and threatened to highside him, but he was able to save it and ran off on the grass on the exit of the corner where he crashed without injury. Yukio Kagayama (Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki) also crashed at Craner and was taken to the clinic and declared unfit for the race by the Chief Medical Officer on the basis of having been unconscious for three minutes. Kagayama arrived in England still convalescent from the crash at Phillip Island that required hospitalization to drain blood from his bruised lungs. Just moments ago, however, news came to the Donington Park media center that Kagayama is asking his team to appeal the Chief Medical Officer’s opinion. Alstare team owner Francis Batta, arriving this evening from his home in Belgium, will decide whether to appeal.

Kagayama’s teammate, Max Biaggi, who is currently second in the points chase, was ninth and bothered by clutch problems. “We hope the weather will be better on Sunday and that we can improve tomorrow in Superpole. If we are going to race in the dry, we need to take advantage of tomorrow’s afternoon free practice to make sure that we have a tire that will go the distance.”