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Dramatic boost for Bayliss at Le Mans

Dramatic boost for Bayliss at Le Mans

Dramatic boost for Bayliss at Le Mans

The light at the end of the tunnel finally came in to view for Troy Bayliss and Ducati in a one day test at the Le Mans circuit on Monday, when the Australian dialled in his Desmosedici GP4 machine with settings gleaned from a back-to-back test with the 2003 version to lap just a fraction of a second off the pole position time set by Sete Gibernau for Sunday's race.

Bayliss was the fastest man at the test, recording a quickest time of 1'33.5 to head the time sheets from Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa, Loris Capirossi, Nicky Hayden, Alex Barros, Makoto Tamada, Marco Melandri and Shinya Nakano.

After a total of 71 laps, the former World Superbike Champion revealed that he is finally recovering confidence in the machine after a disastrous start to the season which sees him lying in fourteenth place in the championship with just ten points after three rounds.

"I am really pleased with the work we did on Monday - we were able to make a major step forward," commented Bayliss, who returned home to Monaco after the test to prepare for the next round of the season at Mugello on June 6th.

"We learnt a lot and now I can't wait to get back out onto the track. The changes we made today allowed me to push a lot harder but without taking any risks. It has been a frustrating start to the season but I have always trusted in Ducati and we are on the right track".


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