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Bayliss rues missed opportunity

Bayliss rues missed opportunity

Bayliss rues missed opportunity

After a tricky season in which the latest version of the factory Ducati seems to be something of a mix-match Troy Bayliss showed something like the form of old last Sunday in Japan before joining his team-mate Loris Capirossi in the gravel. The Australian pushed his way from an opening lap position of 9th (from 16th on the grid) to 5th before slipping out of action chasing the battle for the podium on the 19th circulation of 24. Capirossi had crashed spectacularly on the first corner to continue the low-key 2004 term for the Italian team, still looking for their first silverware of the campaign despite being 12 races down the line. "It sucks basically," remarked the 36 year old after trudging back to the pit. "But I am not leaving here too depressed because it is better to crash while in 5th rather than down in 16th. I was doing OK, I wasn't doing anything crazy I just got into the corner and released the brake. It has happened a couple of times now with this bike whereby I am losing the front while in the corner after letting go of the brake. It was a strange crash and we have to try and work on something with this. The potential is still there. All I'll do now is go home, train like a mother and come back for another go."

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MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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