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Bayliss finds focus for Australia

Bayliss finds focus for Australia

Bayliss finds focus for Australia

Troy Bayliss says a difficult second test with the Honda RC211V in Malaysia ended with his Camel Honda team finding the right lines for development at the next session at Phillip Island in his native Australia later this week.

Bayliss has been some way off the pace of the frontrunners for the three days of the Sepang session as he struggled to find a base set-up for the Japanese machine after ending a long relationship with Ducati, but was encouraged by his progress on the final day.

"I'm not as satisfied as I was at the last test we did here in Sepang, even if the bike hasn't changed that much since then," said Bayliss. "Anyway, we have picked up lots of data and today we think we have picked out a better line for the set-up, which I hope to test in Phillip Island.

"It is a track which I obviously know very well and where I will be able to recognise easier what improvements can be made. I didn't test many tyres here, because it was better to focus on the bike, but in Australia I hope to be able to work on them too."

Bayliss' Camel Honda team-mate Alex Barros was in positive mood as he packed for the trip south, despite hitting a bird during one fast stint of the Malaysian track. Barros was the first RCV rider to find a solid base set on day one and improved with each session, reporting that 80% of the work undertaken has been a positive improvement on 2004 specifications.

"I'm leaving Malaysia with a big smile, because everything has gone well, apart from having caught a bird with my right arm today, which was a little painful but nothing serious," said Barros, who was third fastest at the test overall.

"The summary of these three days is therefore a positive one, from every point of view. The atmosphere in the squad is perfect, I feel comfortable and we are all working calmly and we are focused.

"The 2005 bike is different to last year, mainly because of the electronic management, on which we worked hard on its set-up: I would say that at least eighty percent of the new things we have tested have proven to be useful. In the engine and the chassis the differences are less apparent, but in any case we have found a general base set-up.

"We also did some fantastic work with Michelin. The French technicians have responded perfectly to the requests made in the January test and you can see the results. Today it was a little cooler than yesterday and I rode even more laps in the 2'01 bracket.

"The next test in Australia should give us some important data, because the conditions are bound to be very different there and we will be able to see if the set-up we have found here is valid for all situations."

MotoGP, 2005

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