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Bayliss lacking confidence

Bayliss lacking confidence

Bayliss lacking confidence

Troy Bayliss has blamed a confidence crisis as the reason for his poor form at the first round of the season in South Africa. The usually amiable Australian has been in serious mood since struggling to find a set-up for his 2004 version Ducati Desmosedici and things went from bad to worse today when he qualified on the penultimate place on the grid, almost a second adrift of Nobuatsu Aoki on the Proton and just over a second faster than WCM rookie Michele Fabrizio.

"I've not really felt confident since I first hopped on the new bike, and it's hard to do anything special when you're not feeling confident," commented a despondent Bayliss. "We're trying a lot of different settings to find some confidence, but no matter what we've done so far, we've not found what we're looking for."

Things went better for his team-mate Loris Capirossi, who challenged for pole position before qualifying ninth fastest. "I made a small mistake when I was doing my fast laps, but that kind of thing can happen when you're trying 110 per cent," said the Italian.

"The third row isn't terrible, and I've made some good practice starts, so I'm feeling quite okay. I ran a good pace with race tyres, which means I can be quite confident of running pretty fast in the race."


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