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Bayliss accepts blame for crash

Bayliss accepts blame for crash

Bayliss accepts blame for crash

Troy Bayliss' disastrous start to the 2004 MotoGP World Championship continued on Sunday when an opportunity to join the fight for top positions slipped through his fingers as early as the second lap. The Australian was up to ninth place after starting from the sixth row and had high hopes of making further progress after topping the morning warm-up session, but his race came to an end when he slid off at low speed in the Dry Sack hairpin.

After struggling so much throughout preseason and at the first race in South Africa to find a dry setting with the Ducati Desmosedici, the former World Superbike Champion admitted it was a silly mistake and a major chance lost.

"I'm really disappointed with myself," said Bayliss, who tests alongside his team-mate Loris Capirossi at the Spanish circuit on Monday and Tuesday. "I got a reasonable start. I wasn't going crazy or anything, but I made up a lot of places in the first lap and saw that the guys in front weren't that far away.

"I told myself to relax, but maybe I relaxed a little too much as I braked into the hairpin. I got in there a bit hot, ran wide, got on the grass and went down at walking pace.

"I mucked up. It sometimes happens but I'm still disappointed with myself."

Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali refused to be too downbeat about the race, preferring to look towards making progress at the test. "Unfortunately it wasn't our day," he said. "We actually had quite high expectations for the race after Troy was fastest in morning warm-up.

"We thought Troy had the possibility of a good result but it didn't work out for him. Loris had a difficult race with two off-track excursions but at least he was able to finish and get some points.

"We stay here to test over the next two days, so we are hoping for some dry track time. We have many minor new things to test, including engine, chassis and electronics parts."


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