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New fork to boost Bayliss at Estoril

New fork to boost Bayliss at Estoril

New fork to boost Bayliss at Estoril

Troy Bayliss heads to Estoril this weekend with a third consecutive podium position firmly in his sights after positive tests with a new front fork at Brno two weeks ago. Having finished a close third in the race at the Czech Republic circuit on August 17th, Bayliss and his Ducati team-mate Loris Capirossi stayed on for an extra day, when they both improved their lap times on race tyres using a new, larger diameter Ohlins front fork. After already making giant strides with the handling of the bike thanks to a new frame in previous races, the Australian is confident of making up further ground on the factory Honda riders with the new fork, designed to further improve the bike's behaviour in direction changes, as well as increasing stability under braking.

"The bike is starting to feel pretty perfect, I feel a lot more comfortable on it now," says Bayliss. "Brno showed that we can run right up front, that's where I want to be and I think I should be there all the time. Estoril is another place we visited during the off-season, but the bike has come on a long way since then. It's bumpy and twisty, but I enjoy the track, it's fun. The bike is really coming on now. We got a new chassis at Brno that makes the bike easier in direction changes and I'm looking forward to working on the new front fork when we get to Estoril."

Bayliss and wife Kim are expecting their third child within the next few weeks. Baby boy Oliver is expected in early October. The Bayliss family already has two kids – son Mitchell (seven) and daughter Abbey (five). "We're hoping that Oliver will arrive a few days early so that Troy can say ‘hello' before he heads off to the three flyaway races in Japan, Malaysia and Australia," says Kim.

MotoGP, 2003

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