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Bayliss upbeat despite slow start

Bayliss upbeat despite slow start

Bayliss upbeat despite slow start

Troy Bayliss was in positive mood despite a disappointing start to his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island on Friday. The former WSB Champion crashed when competing for the quickest time in the morning session and could qualify no higher than twelfth in the afternoon after struggling for front end grip on his Marlboro Ducati Desmosedici, but preferred to concentrate on the positives.

`The weather is a nice change - the last two races have been pretty uncomfortable and you´re working so hard on the bike that you certainly don´t get cold riding here´, said Bayliss.

`Then in the dry I didn´t have too good a feeling on the front. We tried a few adjustments but to no avail, so we need to make some improvements tomorrow.

`If the weather keeps getting better and the wind drops the times will be quite a bit faster. The good thing is that the bike is better than what we had when we came here to test at the start of the year´.

Ducati Marlboro Team director Livio Suppo admitted that the team had work to do to provide Bayliss and his team-mate Loris Capirossi with a competitive package in tomorrow´s final session.

´Riders need a lot of confidence in the front to attack the fast corners that dominate this track, but at the moment they don´t feel totally comfortable´, said. Suppo.

`We just need more time, that´s all. This morning´s session wasn´t much use to us because at best the track was half wet and half dry, so we only really began our work this afternoon. The weather forecast is better for the next two days, so we are confident we can start making progress´.


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