2001 World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss spent two days at the Valencia track in Spain yesterday and today getting to grips with the new Ducati Desmosedici prototype, with which the Australian rider will tackle his first MotoGP season next year.

The Ricardo Tormo Circuit is ideal for track development not only due to the favourable climatic conditions in this period, but also due to the fact that it is the regular venue for the championship, thus offering considerable assistance to team engineers.

Bayliss concentrated mainly on settings, front tyres and bike set-up, and the 34 laps yesterday (due to gusty wind conditions) and 84 today allowed the former WSBK rider to dial in to the greater power and carbon brakes of the Desmosedici.

"We've done a really good job these past two days" declared Bayliss. "The conditions of the track weren't so good but today in particular we got a lot of work done.

"We've made a lot more progress since Mugello and I'm feeling better every time I step on the bike. There are a lot more things to do, but we're getting there."

Meanwhile test rider Vittoriano Guareschi, who focussed on component testing, in particular different cooling solutions and with Shell Advance lubricants, specifically studied for high-revving engines, also completed a 30-lap 'non-stop' race simulation with the second Desmosedici.

Before the next test the Desmosedici will make its first appearance in public during the weekend of the GP Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana, the final round of this year's MotoGP championship (see separate story).



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