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Points pacify Bayliss

Points pacify Bayliss

Points pacify Bayliss

Troy Bayliss recovered from a tough two days of qualifying and a disappointing preseason to score points from the penultimate place on the grid at Welkom this afternoon, setting lap times around a second quicker than his practice efforts. Despite fourteenth place representing a stark comparison to the fourth place finish he achieved last season after leading the race, Bayliss indicated that he had finally turned the corner with the 2004 version Ducati and revealed he was looking forward to further progress over the coming races.

`We made some improvements overnight but I guess you could say that this year started for me on Friday,´ said Bayliss, who made significant changes to his Desmosedici before coming to Welkom. `The bike has got better every day, but we've still got more than a couple of points to work on.´

`The result wasn't for lack of trying on anyone's part – everyone in the team gave their best over the weekend. It was good to finally get a race under my belt, we got a couple of points, which was all we could do today.´

Ducati Marlboro team-mate Loris Capirossi enjoyed better fortunes throughout the weekend and muscled his way amongst the Honda army to seal a satisfactory sixth place I the race.

`I'm very happy with the result, I didn't expect something as good as this after qualifying,´ said the Italian. `I gave 110 per cent all the way. We still have to do some work on this new bike but I really believe in Ducati. I think this race demonstrated that I'm very, very motivated for this season and ready to keep working at developing the bike into a winner.´

MotoGP, 2004

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