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Bayliss hoping for longer run at Motegi

Bayliss hoping for longer run at Motegi

Bayliss hoping for longer run at Motegi

Troy Bayliss is looking forward to returning to Motegi this weekend after enjoying his first visit to the track last year. Unfortunately the Ducati Marlboro Team rider's race ended after a few hundred metres, when he was taken out in an infamous first corner pile-up instigated by John Hopkins.

After struggling to eighth place in the last round at Estoril, the Australian is hoping for a little help from Lady Luck this weekend. "I enjoyed riding the track last year but we didn't really get things so good for the race, then I got taken out at the first corner, which was a bit of a bummer," says Bayliss, who currently lies 14th in the standings with 42 points.

"Overall it wasn't a great weekend, so hopefully we'll have a better weekend this time around. It's a pretty straightforward kind of a track. What you really need is good braking stability into all the hairpins because you can make up a lot of time on the brakes. And you need good low-gear acceleration and traction for the hairpin exits.

"We've had a couple of good results this year - Mugello and Donington - and we've made some pretty good progress, but it's also been a bit frustrating at times. But all you can do is keep working at it."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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