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Gearbox bearing breakage for Bayliss

Gearbox bearing breakage for Bayliss

Gearbox bearing breakage for Bayliss

Troy Bayliss was forced to retire from the Gauloises TT Assen on Saturday because of a gearbox bearing failure on his Ducati Desmosedici GP4 just two laps from the end.

It had been an encouraging race up to that point for the Australian, who was running strong in the top ten during the latter stages of the race. Despite his bad luck, the former World Superbike Champion was keen to take the positives from the weekend.

"It's a real shame we had the problem because there wasn't long to go," said Bayliss. "The engine went quite well, the feeling I had with it was good and I was going okay.

"But after all the rain in practice we were missing something in set-up and we had a little chatter. Anyway, we learned a few things this weekend and we go to Rio aiming to get a result."

Ducati Marlboro team-mate Loris Capirossi, meanwhile, was delighted with an eighth-place finish from his first race with the twin-pulse Desmosedici . "I'm really, really happy," said Capirossi who fought an intense battle in the closing stages with Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards and Ruben Xaus.

"Eighth place isn't the greatest but it's a very positive result considering that we had so little dry track time during practice. Without doubt the twin-pulse is a very important and positive step forward for us.

"I had a few chatter problems during the race but that's no real surprise considering we had so little time to work on set-up."

Capirossi's effort was also enough to convince Technical Director Corrado Cecchinelli to continue development with the twin-pulse engine, which uses different firing intervals to deliver more corner-exit traction.

"I'm very happy with today because this is the closest we've been to the front since the start of the season," said Cecchinelli.

"For much of the race Loris was running the same pace as the guys fighting for third place. This weekend definitely told us that the twin-pulse motor is better than the four-pulse, so this is the direction in which we will continue to work."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GAULOISES TT ASSEN

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