Troy Bayliss’ plans to spoil James Toseland’s party at brands Hatch are on course so far after the Ducati Xerox rider pipped Toseland to top the times in the first free practice at Brands Hatch.
The Australian knocked Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s James Toseland off the top of the timesheets with just nine minutes of the session to go in th first World Superbikes session.
In an interview with MCN’s World Superbikes reporter, Michael Guy, earlier this week, Troy Bayliss said his aim was to spoil the party rather than necessarily win. And by knocking almost 0.04secs off Toseland’s time, he is doing just that.
Toseland had his mind firmly fixed on the weekend following the announcement of his move to MotoGP for 2008. The Sheffield rider finished the session with a best time of 1:26.7877 with five minutes to go. He had initially gone fastest with a 1:27.540 after just 10 minutes and held on to the fastest lap as he recorded a 1:27.251 followed by a 1:27.149.
Ruben Xaus was third quickest on his Ducati with a 1:27.206 with Michel Fabrizio setting a surprisingly good fourth at 1:27.517.
Yamaha’s Troy Corser was just 0.02secs behind Michel Fabrizio with a 1:27.532.
Brands Hatch World Superbikes free practice one results:
1 Troy BAYLISS AUS Ducati 999 F07 1'26.608
2 James TOSELAND GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'26.647
3 Ruben XAUS ESP Ducati 999 F06 1'27.206
4 Michel FABRIZIO ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'27.517
5 Troy CORSER AUS Yamaha YZF-R1 1'27.532
6 Lorenzo LANZI ITA Ducati 999 F07 1'27.555
7 NoriyukiHAGA JPN Yamaha YZF-R1 1'27.672
8 Regis LACONI FRA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'27.704
9 Roberto ROLFO ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'27.862
10 Karl MUGGERIDGE AUS Honda CBR1000RR 1'28.130
11 Fonsi NIETO ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.329
12 Yukio KAGAYAMA JPN Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 1'28.961
13 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 1'29.013
14 Max Biaggi ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 1'29.129
15 Steve MARTIN AUS Yamaha YZF-R1 1'29.246
16 Marty NUTT GBR Yamaha YZF-R1 1'29.399
17 Jakub SMRZ CZE Ducati 999 F05 1'29.841
18 Dean ELLISON GBR Ducati 999RS 1'30.166
19 ShinichiNAKATOMI JPN Yamaha YZF-R1 1'30.716
20 CRUCIANI S. ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 1'31.322
21 Luca MORELLI ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'32.282