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Bayliss back to his best

Bayliss back to his best

Bayliss back to his best

Troy Bayliss proved that his disappointing start to the 2004 season was not due to a lack of talent or effort as he dragged his Ducati Desmosedici back to the front of the MotoGP pack at Mugello on Sunday. Bayliss rode superbly in both parts of the interrupted Italian race, climbing to sixth in the dry first part after starting from fifteenth before leading the way in treacherous conditions on slick tyres in part two.

"I was going okay in the first race, I was consistent because I was getting used to riding the bike," commented Bayliss, who crossed the finish line in fourth place, just 1.7 seconds behind winner Valentino Rossi. "I thought I had a chance in that second race, but you really have to hand it to Valentino, he puts it on the line.

"We made some good progress with the bike this weekend on the back of the tests we did after Le Mans and we are on the right track – I always had faith in Ducati."

Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali added his delight at the Australian's performance and promised further progress over the coming weeks. "Troy rode very well in both races, proving that the work we had done with him during Friday and Saturday was successful," he said.

"I believe that we are now making inroads into our difficulties, we are focusing on weight distribution and geometry, and we also have a new configuration engine that we will test here next Tuesday."


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