Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 21 Feb 2015
Troy Bayliss walked away from a massive highside ahead of today's World Superbike qualifying.
Just beginning to get his rhythm on the Panigale R after seven years away from competitive racing, Bayliss crashed out heavily at Turn 9 towards the end of the fourth and final free practice session.
The three-time champion walked away from the incident unhurt having set the 12th fastest time in that session. He went on to qualify 14th for tomorrow’s two superbike races, missing out on a chance of getting into the final 12 minute shoot-out for pole position.
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“Today was certainly an improvement over yesterday. I’ve had time to get some good laps in and have felt a lot better on the bike. I did have a crash in the free practice, it was a big highside but I landed ok and was fortunately unhurt.
“I was a little disappointed to not have the chance to participate in the shoot-out but I’m still happy because I haven’t used the qualifying tyre for such a long time, and you need time to build confidence with those tyres. I’m confident that we’ll be able to make further improvement tomorrow. The high temperatures forecast for tomorrow will definitely be a factor but it’s the same for everyone so we’ll just have to see what we can do…”