Troy Bayliss’ third place at his third MotoGP is even more remarkable, considering he’d just had a 160mph collision with team-mate Loris Capirossi.
" I led on the warm-up lap, and didn’t want to arrive on the grid first, so I rolled over to the right side of the track, about two-thirds to the edge. I guess I was at about 125mph, " explained the former World Superbike champion, " Most of the guys were passing down the left, but then I think Sete Gibernau came past on the right. There must have been three or four other guys on the same line behind him. "
" Then Loris arrived. He must have been doing 40mph faster than me and his arm hit the back of my leg. "
Capirossi was left with nowhere to go when the riders in front of him moved apart to go around Bayliss.
" I tried to brake, but it was too late to avoid him. I hurt my arm, bent the handlebar and damaged the fairing. I thought the arm was broken but it isn’t, " said Capirossi.
Bayliss was left with a bruised knee while Capirossi suffered damage to his left wrist.
Capirossi led the start of the race, but eventually crashed out while in a comfortable third place.
" I got a good start but after a few laps it became difficult to ride the bike because the riding position was a little strange, so maybe I had some tendon problems, " explained the Italian. His crash on lap 13 doesn’t appear to have caused any further damage.
Get all the stories from Jerez in MCN, out May 14. Ducati’s third place, Rossi’s victory and read Colin Edward’s own report on the weekend. All in MCN, May 14.
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