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Bayliss fastest in Superpole for Sunday's two Phillip Island races

Bayliss fastest in Superpole for Sunday's two Phillip Island races

Former two-time world Superbikes champion Troy Bayliss of Australia overcame a crash in the second qualifying session to win the Superpole for Sunday's two races at the Phillip Island circuit.
The veteran Australian's Ducati slid off the track at turn 11, two minutes before the end of the second qualifying session. The 38-year-old Bayliss was checked into the medical center, where he had eight stitches in a gash in his left elbow.
Later, Bayliss was the fastest in the Superpole to determine grid positions for Sunday's races, finishing in 1 minute, 31.493 seconds.
Fellow Australian Troy Corser, who led after Friday's first qualifying session, was second in the Superpole in 1:32.011, followed by Italian Ducati rider Michel Fabrizio in 1:32.164.
Bayliss, who won the Superbike world championship in 2001 and 2006, is in his final year in the series. He leads going into Sunday's races after winning the season-opening round in Qatar.
He holds a two-point lead over Italian Max Biaggi, who had a bad Superpole run.
In the one-lap shootout between the top 16 riders from qualifying, the gear lever on Biaggi's Ducati broke, forcing him into the garage and relegating him to 16th on the grid.
Corser said a problem with the qualifying tire slowed him Sunday, while Bayliss predicted tough racing on Sunday.
"Even though Troy (Corser) said he didn't get to do a lap on his (correct) qualifying tire, deep down I thought he was the man who was going to be second," Bayliss said.
"I'm sure that if he had have got out there he would have got closer, or maybe pipped me, you never know. But we always end up pretty fast here and pretty close so we think it's going to be a good day's racing tomorrow."


Updated : 2021-06-23 13:36 GMT+08:00