Ducati Marlboro rider Troy Bayliss rode a dogged race to finish in sixth place in his Estoril debut, on Australian Fathers' Day, yesterday.

Starting from the second row, the Aussie ran in fifth place for the first few laps, holding that position until just before half-distance when he was relegated to seventh. In typical fashion Bayliss fought back, reclaiming sixth and staying close to Tohru Ukawa until the Japanese edged away in the final laps.

"All I want to do is win races so I don't like finishing sixth, but it's not bad and it's the best I've been all weekend," said Bayliss, who consolidated his fifth place in the World Championship, making him by far the best MotoGP rookie of the moment.

"This track is very physical and we didn't get the bike set-up as good as we had it at Brno a few weeks back," he confessed. "We need an exact set-up for every track but we sure learned a lot today, which will hopefully pay off next year. Like we ran a very high first gear today which wasn't so good at the start, but that means we'll know what to do next time we come here."

 

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