Troy Bayliss' Monza retirement down to 50p part

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Troy Bayliss’ race two retirement at Monza has been put down to a leaking clutch seal that caused oil to spray onto the championship leader’s left boot.

Bayliss’ first retirement of the 2008 season saw him lose out on the chance to claim another podium position, but despite his failure to finish he still extended his points lead to 78 after closest rival Carlos Checa crashed out of the race.

Bayliss was alerted to the problem by eventual race two winner Noriyuki Haga on lap eight and was forced to slow immediately and ride to the pits at the end of the lap.

Speaking to MCN from his home in Monaco, Bayliss said: “I could feel that my foot was starting to slip off the peg and then when Nori came past and pointed to my bike I knew something was up.

“It’s really frustrating as it was just a clutch seal, which is a really cheap part. At the time I took the retirement OK, but deep down I was upset because after being beaten in race one I wanted more in race two.”

Troy Bayliss will have to wait until June 1, 2008 to rectify the situation when the World Superbike Championship heads to Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, USA.

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider