Bayliss fastest in test

Published: 24 November 2004

After the first wet day of testing at Valencia in Spain, Troy Bayliss has gone fastest on the Honda RC211V.

In intermittent rain, the Australian former WSB champion was working alone in the Camel Honda garage as team-mate Alex Barros is still recovering from a shoulder injury, and will ride for the first time today, November 30.

Nicky hayden was also working alone for the Respol Honda team, as Max Biaggi is still out with a broken ankle, while Makoto Tamada is the sole rider for the Konica Mintola team this season. The Movistar Honda riders, Sete Gibernau and Marco Melandri, decided to sit out the first day due to the bad weather.

World Superbike runner-up Regis Laconi was also at the track, working on engine mapping for the 'laboratory' prototype version of the Desmosedici.

Bayliss' replacement at Ducati, Carlos Checa, went second quickest, with Loris Capirossi third. The 250cc machines of Honda riders Jorge Lorenzo, Hector Barbera and Andrea Dovizioso were also at the test.

1) Bayliss 1:47.27, 24 laps. 2) Checa 1:48.14, 24 laps. 3) Capirossi 1:48.56, 26 laps 4) Hayden 1:48.61, 26 laps. 5) Laconi 1:51.48 26 laps. 6) Tamada - no lap time given.