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Bayliss talks about his 3rd place at Jerez
On Friday I managed to lay the bike down after around five laps or so. I put that down to a dirty track, as a few of the other guys went down around the same time. I just ran back to the pits, jumped on another bike, and it went alright by the end. I was pretty well up in every session and everything was going good. Then in final qualifying, I was lying around 10th as we’d been playing around with our race tyres, when we finally put a good tyre in and, bang, I hit the top with my best lap I’ve ever done around Jerez. I managed to get out on track again with another fast tyre, and I was fastest again in the first split, but I tucked the front and lost that lap. It was very nice to be on the front row even if Loris did bump me off pole right at the end.
Me and Loris had a bit of a coming together on the sighting lap of the race. As we went off I practised the start, then a couple of corners later I looked behind me and everyone was way behind. So I went down the straight in 4th gear, off the racing line, holding my brake on to warm them up, at around 160k’s to let the others catch me up. I think someone was following me, then as he moved to one side, Loris was unsighted and he clipped the back of me. He hit my right leg and now (Monday), from my backside to down to my knee it’s black with bruising. I think we were really lucky as it could have been a lot, lot worse for both of us.
From the start
I guess I was still a bit flustered, thinking about what could
have happened, and it took me a few laps to settle things down.
At the end of the race my lap times were still pretty good, as
good as the guy in front of me, but by then there was a gap that
I just couldn’t make up. So I just brought it home for the
podium. It’s very nice to be on the podium, and I love getting
points, which is what it’s all about, and it’s great
to be 3rd in the championship, but I want to be on a higher step
before too long.
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MotoGP World Championship, Spanish Grand Prix Round 3
brilliant Capirossi and Bayliss dominate Qualifying taking 1-2 on
Jerez, Spain, Sunday May 11th: A partisan crowd of 130,000 had to be disappointed with the early departures of their Spanish heroes Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) and Carlos Checa (Yamaha) in the first half of the race. But no one could begrudge Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda RC211V) his second win of the season in the searing conditions that saw the track temperature at 41 degrees. Rossi won in style with a stand-up wheelie across the line while second-placed Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) and Troy Bayliss (Ducati) celebrated their second and third places respectively.
Qualifying Saturday May 10th
This phenomenal performance continues the Ducati team’s remarkable run of results during the earliest stages of its MotoGP adventure – the Desmosedici scored its first podium at the season-opening Japanese GP, its first front-row start in South Africa and also led both races. And today was the first ime since 1975 with Franco Inarella on an MV Agusta that an Italian Bike and Rider have been on the pole of a open class GP.
“It’s difficult to find the proper words for this,” said Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali. “This is our first race in Europe, and getting first and second on the grid is a result for the whole team, for everyone at Ducati. Everyone from the riders to the mechanics to the engineers at the factory has done something very special today. For sure the race is a different story, I think we still need more practice and more knowledge with this bike, we’re still on the learning curve.”
Valentino Proves Invincible in the Race
But Rossi was already sizing up his Italian rival Capirossi having hoisted himself from seventh to second by the end of the first lap. Rossi’s ability to carve his way through the chaos of the opening lap gave him the impetus he needed to stalk Capirossi and then dive inside him at the final left-hand hairpin on lap four. And then he was gone.
Lap after lap he piled on the agony for his pursuers putting anything between two and four tenths of a second into the gap between his number 46 machine and the RC211V of his erstwhile antagonist Max Biaggi. Biaggi could easily maintain the second place he grabbed on lap six but he could make no impression on the rampaging Rossi.
Biaggi out of Bayliss’ range in second and Bayliss similarly
clear of the rest of the field, the action was concentrated on fourth
place and beyond. It eventually went to Tohru Ukawa (Camel Pramac
“I’m happy,” he said. “The biggest problem everyone had was traction and we knew we had to work on making the bike controllable even with large amounts of wheelspin. I had a bad start but I didn’t want anyone to get away and so I had to make a lot of places up before I got behind Capirossi. I had a bit more speed than him and that was it.”
Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) was more relieved than happy at securing a solid points haul when he was in danger of coming away with little or nothing in the early qualifying stages.
“I’m happy with this after the qualifying troubles,” he said. “On Friday I was down in 12th, then I was on the front row on Saturday and now today a podium. Everyone dreams of winning and riding with the number one plate but in these conditions you take what you can get. I had a lot of fun overtaking other riders in the early laps but it was quite lonely towards the end.”
got better as the race wore on for Tohru Ukawa (Camel Pramac Pons
RC211) who wasted a front row grid slot with a sluggish start and
then couldn’t push through the field until after mid-race distance.
For Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) it was all a case of what might have been. “It was a real shame,” said the Spaniard. “When I was chasing Valentino the front end let go. I didn’t want to settle for second in front of this great crowd but I still have to adapt to this bike. We’re staying to test tomorrow and hopefully I’ll arrive at Le Mans with another chance of winning.”
Makoto Tamada (Pramac Honda RC211V) made his rookie tag look faintly ridiculous as he stormed to sixth in only his third MotoGP race and his first visit to Jerez. “I’m very satisfied,” he said. “A day like this really pumps up the motivation. This is what we need to move forward and I’m really looking to the Le Mans race although we need to remember not to get carried away with this result.”
Hayden (Respsol Honda RC211V) went out on lap nine. “My start
wasn’t great,” he said. “Then I caught a good group
and got into a rhythm before the engine felt a little slower. Then
I fell off and I’m disappointed because I knew I was going to
finish higher. I’m aching a bit now as it was a pretty
Rossi leads the points standings after three races with 70, Biaggi is second on 56 points with Bayliss on 40 and Gibernau with 38.
A scintillating 250 race was won by home-ground hotshot Tony Elias (Aprilia) who came out on top of a four-way last lap fight for the second 250 race win of his career. Roberto Rolfo (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) grabbed second with Randy De Puniet third.
250cc: (26 laps = 114.998