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Bayliss still working hard to smoke his rivals

Bayliss still working hard to smoke his rivals

Bayliss still working hard to smoke his rivals

Former World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss had another tough introduction into life as a factory MotoGP rider when faced with more sessions and work at another circuit he has never seen before at last weekend's test at the Circuit de Catalunya.
The Australian, not for the first time in the off-season and onboard his new Ducati, was giving the Michelin tyres some punishment around the Catalan curves. Despite the aggression on show Bayliss took his time to come up to speed and eventually earned the ninth best time overall.
´It's my third day here but there is no point in rushing anything,´ he said at the time. ´If I push too hard on a bike and track that I am learning at the same time then I´ll just end up putting myself in the wall and that´s no good to anyone.´
Bayliss lay down in 22nd after a Saturday that was interrupted by rain; hardly an inspiring position but like he points out still very much on a gradient of learning. ´I´m a racer and like every racer I am here to be successful. I´ve had five years racing superbikes and it is quite a jump to move to a bike that has less weight and more power. It is a new challenge and it takes a lot more input in order to go faster.´
The 33 year old left no witnesses in doubt as to the extent of his efforts. ´It is important to have some fun. I like to play with the bike a little and we are working on wheel-spin, traction and tyres.´
´Working´ being the operative word. Bayliss may be lagging ever so slightly behind his Italian team-mate Loris Capirossi in terms of laptimes but the Aussie knows it is only a matter of crossing the days off on the calendar before his single-minded determination that won so many Superbike races starts to pay dividends. ´Suzuka and Welkom at the beginning of a new season will be new tracks again and therefore hard races but I´m fairly confident that when we get to Jerez and start the European rounds things will become easier the results will arrive.´

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MotoGP, 2003

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