New to here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Troy Bayliss keeping fit between tests

Troy Bayliss keeping fit between tests

Troy Bayliss keeping fit between tests

Troy Bayliss is currently enjoying almost a month´s break between Ducati´s last test at Sepang and the upcoming IRTA tests at the end of February. The 33 year old former World Superbike Champion is back in Europe to continue his preparations for the new season, after an intense winter testing schedule which has taken him from Valencia and Jerez in Spain, to Phillip Island in his native Australia, and then on to Malaysia.

`We are sort of getting back into the European routine, the kids are going well in school and my training is getting into my normal schedule,´ said Bayliss, who resides in Monaco. `I am due in Bologna next Tuesday for my bi-annual fitness test. I know exactly where I am physically every day and I know that this test will be better then ever. But the test is to see if I´m worthy of a job or not, to see if I´ve been looking after myself and I´m pretty casual about it this time around. Everything is heading in the right direction on that front´.

The impromptu mid-preseason break has also given Bayliss the opportunity to reflect on a positive series of tests at the Malaysian circuit, where he and team-mate Loris Capirossi were able to pit the Desmosedici against the might of the Honda RC211V and current World Champion Valentino Rossi. `It was the first big, proper, real test we`ve been to with lots of press and media attention and it was pretty good fun,´ he said. `For the first two days I just rode around and got to grips with the track and we went quite well I think. We lost half the first day to the rain but we got quite a lot of laps in on the second day; then on the third day we didn´t start until 1pm as the track got wet overnight. So from 1 o´clock to 5 o´clock, it was like a four hour final qualifying session. I think I did around 60 laps which is a real long way around that place. I left there quite happy with my progress.

`Ducati has never been to Sepang with the MotoGP bike and I´d never seen the place before, so overall I think we did quite well. When I was riding my Superbike and it was set up dead right, I knew that the front and back were right up to the limit, and the suspension was just working perfectly. But we haven´t got to that stage yet so I know there´s more to come from both me and the Desmosedici. It was good being out on track with the bikes that won the World Championship last year so we know more about where we stand. I can think of a few more things that I want to try to get it even better too´.

MotoGP, 2003

Other updates you may be interested in ›