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Bayliss is practice perfect in Misano

Published: 13 May 2002

Just days after his Monza double, Troy Bayliss has continued his untouchable form with a dominant performance at the full WSB tests in Misano.

The squads had stayed on in Italy to collect valuable suspension and tyre data ahead of the San Marino round at Misano on June 23. But it was the Ducati Infostrada team that had the most to smile about as Bayliss clocked a 1:34.30, smashing Neil Hodgson’s 2001 lap record.

Bayliss set that on qualifyers, but his times on race tyres were equally impressive – his last lap of 1.35.30 good enough for pole position on last year’s grid.

Afterwards Bayliss said; " Yeah, I’m pleased. Things are looking really good, the set-up’s virtually unchanged from Monza and I’m feeling very comfortable out there. "

After a dismal Monza, Ben Bostrom was happier with his third best, behind Honda’s Colin Edwards, but acknowledged there was still room to improve.

Bistro told MCN: " We struggled for grip at first, but eventually we got a good tyre and a set-up that works and should go OK in the race, but there’s still a long way to go before it’s perfect. "

UNOFFICIAL TIMES

1)Troy Bayliss (DUCATI) 1:34.30 2) Colin Edwards (Honda) 1:34.90 3) 3. Ben Bostrom (Ducati) 1:35.19 4) Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) 1:35.37 5). Neil Hodgson (Ducati) 1:35.43

6) James Toseland (HM Plant Ducati) 1:35.75 7). Ruben Xaus (Ducati) 1:35.99 8) Pier-Francesco Chili (Ducati) 1:36.42 9) Gregorio Lavilla (Suzuki) 1:36.50 10) Alessandro Antonello (Ducati) 1:37.40