With record pace in Qatar testing
Troy Bayliss brought the Ducati Xerox Team's successful year to a close with a record pace on the final day of Pirelli tyre testing at the Losail circuit in Qatar.
In much improved conditions the 2006 champion set a time of 1m58.1s,
the fastest ever recorded by a Superbike around the desert track and 1.5 quicker than his own pole position time from earlier this year.
"I'm very happy to have come away from the test in this sort of form and it's great to be able to go home for Christmas knowing that you've done a good job," declared Troy. "That time was set on a softer tyre which it's not possible to do a race distance on but my long run was good as well. We did almost race distance and I was a lot quicker than in last February's race. It's been a long hard year but it's been great and certainly worth all the effort. I've had a great time being back in Superbike and couldn't have asked for more. Now everyone can go home for Christmas with the knowledge that they've done a great job. Next year is going to be a hard one and we're under no illusions but the bike is great, the team also and we're ready for it."
Lorenzo Lanzi also made a good improvement on the final day of the test, knocking a full second off his time to end up sixth quickest.
"I am quite pleased with my performance," commented Lorenzo. "Unfortunately when I had a good tyre to improve late in the afternoon I felt a bit of tiredness set in because I had done a lot of laps. I wanted to do a high 58' but it's OK because I did some good times on race tyres.
The only problem I found was with the duration of the tyre, which is critical around here. In the last two tests in Valencia and Losail I am pleased that I have been able to finish the year on the up, I'm always up front with the top guys and that gives me a lot of confidence for next year."
The Ducati Xerox Team will next be seen out on the track in a month's time with a further three days of testing at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia from January 13th to 15th.
Overall best times (provided by Pirelli): 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m58.1s; 2. Corser (Yamaha) & Biaggi (Suzuki) 1m58.9s; 4. Toseland (Honda) 1m59.1s; 5. Laconi (Kawasaki) 1m59.2s; 6. Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) 1m59.3s; 7. Nieto (Kawasaki) 1m59.5s; 8. Haga (Yamaha) 1m59.7s; 9. Kagayama (Suzuki) 2m00.1s; 10. Rolfo (Honda) 2m01.7s.