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´Rusty´ Bayliss shines at Brno

´Rusty´ Bayliss shines at Brno

´Rusty´ Bayliss shines at Brno

Troy Bayliss entertained the Czech fans with a display of rodeo riding in the closing stages of this afternoon´s opening qualifying session for the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky. The Australian had his Ducati Desmosedici GP4 completely sideways as he accelerated through the final esses, the bike ejecting him from the seat as he fought to regain control.

Remarkably that was his best lap of the session, good enough to put him on provisional pole until Carlos Checa bettered him by a fraction of a second. Nonetheless Bayliss - who has admitted to feeling a little ´rusty´ after the three-weekend midseason break - ended up second to put him on the provisional front row for the first time this season.

´I knew that was going to be a good lap,´ said Bayliss. ´I had run one tyre for most of the session then switched to a softer rear rain tyre which I knew would only be good for one or two laps.

I made a mistake halfway through the last esses and got flicked out of the seat, so considering all that it wasn´t a bad lap. Today was the first time I´ve ridden this place in the wet and it seems pretty grippy.

Right at the end I tried an intermediate but the track was still too wet, so I couldn´t touch the gas or lean the bike over. To be honest I feel a bit ´rusty´. I haven´t touched a bike since Donington, which is something I´ll fix next year with a bit of motocross.´

Bayliss Ducati Marlboro team-mate Loris Capirossi ended today satisfied with his progress in the treacherous conditions. The Italian rider completed the outing fourth fastest, just half a second off the three-rider front row, and is feeling confident for Sunday´s race, whatever the weather may bring. Forecasts predict more rain tomorrow but sunshine on Sunday.

´I´m really happy with that,´ said Capirossi. ´The conditions this morning were no good, so I only rode four laps, and when this afternoon´s session started the track was very, very wet. There was less water around later on, but the surface was never dry enough for us to try running intermediates.

Anyway, I´m pretty happy with my wet set-up, and fourth place is very encouraging for the race, especially if it´s wet. I think it´s a good signal, once again stressing the recent improvements we´ve made to the bike.

We were close to the front at Donington and here we´ve proved we can also be fast in the wet. I hope tomorrow is dry, so we can work on a dry-track set-up, and Sunday too, because a dry race is better for everyone - for us and for the fans.´


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