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Fan power propels Bayliss

Fan power propels Bayliss

Fan power propels Bayliss

Troy Bayliss was boosted by fan power today as he at last made a breakthrough with the base set-up for the Camel Honda RC211V.

Bayliss has struggled to adapt to the Japanese machine after several years with Ducati but was cheered on by local supporters this afternoon as he closed the gap on his factory rivals and lapped just a tenth outside his qualifying time on the Desmosedici last season.

"Better... things are starting to get better," reflected the former World Superbike Champion, who was tenth fastest after 75 laps with a best time of 1'30.96. "I'm still not perfectly comfortable on the bike but we're getting there.

"The whole team, myself included, are working really hard and even though we're not satisfied with the lap times we can see that we're making progress and that gives me confidence for tomorrow and the next tests.

"We're working hard with the guys from Michelin, the tyres are perfect and together with the set-up of the bike, which we are defining bit by bit, we're able to make progress in the right direction. We have to keep going like this.

Chief Engineer Santiago Mulero admitted the whole team were relieved at Bayliss' breakthrough after their difficult start.

"Troy is getting the measure of the RC211V," confirmed Mulero. "We've still got work to do, there's no doubt about that, but we are all much more satisfied at the end of today.

"We have worked well with the tyres and we have found a setting for the cycle part of the bike that he likes quite a lot. Tomorrow we'll keep working on it and we'll also try some new settings in the electronics."

MotoGP, 2005

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