WSBK Thailandl: Baiocco breaks through to lead Ducati challenge

Matteo Baiocco leads the Ducati challenge in Thailand as he cracks the top six for the first time in more than 60 attempts.
Matteo Baiocco is celebrating after recording his best-ever World Superbike Championship results at the Chang International Circuit as he broke into the top six for the first time in his career.

A former Italian Superbike Champion and British Superbike racer, Baiocco has previously made 60 WSBK starts, but his best result coming into the Thai weekend on the Althea Ducati was a ninth place achieved last month at Phillip Island.

However, the Italian would be a top ten contender throughout the weekend and proved similarly competitive in the races, prevailing over three-tiime champion Troy Bayliss on the factory Ducati to finish sixth and eighth in the two races and emerge as the highest-placed Panigale contender in both.

“I'm pleased to have made continuous improvement throughout these two races. Even in qualifying we saw that that we could be inside the first eight and we are able to achieve this in the races too. I made two good starts, keeping pace until the end.

“I have grown a lot since Phillip Island and now we head to Aragon in high spirits. I am also very pleased for the Team as the guys have worked really hard, the bike was working well and to be the first of the Ducatis across the line makes both me and the team very happy.”

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March 25, 2015 7:19 AM
Last Edited 130 days ago

katdimis: I cannot understand why a firm like Ducati relies on 2 so bad drivers, like Davies and Juliano. The only think they do good is crash....
Chaz Davies: World Supersport champion, Daytona 200 winner, ridden 250cc GP, MotoGP, Supersport and Superbike, proven race winner in the series. Davide Giugliano: European STK1000 Champion, super fast, strong top 6 finisher since the start of 2013, if he can reduce the crashing he has great championship potential. Matteo Baiocco: Before this season his best finish was 2 10th places, one in 2009, the other in 2012. Not the kind of thing that impresses a factory squad from 57 races.

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