Bayliss has the pace

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Troy Bayliss will go into this afternoons Superpole in confident mood after setting the fastest time during the second qualifying session along with the best laps on a race tyre. Bayliss, like most of his rivals spent the bulk of the session working on tomorrows race set-up before the softer rubber came out in the final ten minutes of the session.

Fellow Australian Troy Corser improved his provisional grid position from the second to the first row after setting the second fastest time.

James Toseland was another man that put in the laps to find a good race set-up and didn’t improve provisional pole lap time from yesterday until the final minutes of the session.

Valencia race winner Ruben Xaus was once again impressive onboard his Ducati 999F06 and looks capable of running at the front again this weekend.

Lorenzo Lanzi benefited from a tow of his team-mate Troy Bayliss to take fifth place with Haga having to rely on yesterdays time in fifth.

Fonsi Nieto will go into Superpole in seventh place with an impressive Jacob Smrtz in eighth and German Max Neukirchner in ninth.

Suzuki man Max Biaggi survived a harmless low speed crash at the end of the session when he dropped his GSXR after running wide and into the gravel. He was unable to restart the bike and then had to endure a frightening ride back to the pits on the back of an Enduro bike as the marshal riding seemed intent of trying to impress the four time world champion with his own abilities.

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider