Troy Bayliss admits won't push too hard for victory at Donington Park this weekend if it means he continues reeling in the points as the end of the World Superbike season looms.
Bayliss comes to Donington Park protecting an 82 point lead, but with poor weather making the conditions treacherous, the Aussie rider is prepared to let his more minor rivals take spoils come race day.
Even so, he will start on his sixth pole position of the season after prevailing in an eventful qualifying session, one that even saw him experience a grassy off at one point.
Nonetheless, Bayliss is aware of the difficulties he could face this weekend, particularly alongside the wild-card riders that have been performing well so far. However, it is Max Neukirchner, Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga he has his eye on this weekend.
“This is my sixth pole for this year and it is very important to start on the front row here,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “It gives me confidence and it is nice to be fastest.
“This track is renowned for being slippery. All the young wild-card riders want to stick it in front and be the fastest, so we have seen plenty of people crashing this weekend. In that situation, everyone sticks their neck out in the end in order to get a good time.
“There will be a few people on my mind – Neukirchner, Haga and Corser – but I would love to have two race wins here. I would love to put it on the line but I have other things to worry about. So if I see Cal Crutchlow or Kiyonari in front of me, I will be happy for them to take points away from everyone else. I just have to stay ahead of Neukirchner, Haga and Corser.”