Ducati Desmosedici rider Troy Bayliss missed out on a second row start by just three tenths of a second in today's final qualifying session at Valencia, leaving the former WSBK champ a disappointed ninth on the grid for the season finale.

The Australian, who gave the Desmosedici its public debut here last year when he rode a handful of demo laps on race morning, has struggled to find the right settings for the tight and complex circuit - and his Friday fall hasn't helped.

"We're definitely struggling a bit here," said Bayliss who injured his right shoulder when he fell yesterday. "The shoulder isn't affecting me at all when I'm riding the bike. It's just a set-up thing, I'm not getting enough feeling from the machine, so I don't feel happy enough to push as hard as I want to push. We'll see how the race goes but I guess it's going to be pretty tough. I need a good start, then we'll take it from there."

"Troy was very quick yesterday but it's always tough for a rider after a crash; I think he'll be fine for the race," reassured Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali.

 

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