News 26 Apr 2022

Rookie Bayliss ‘couldn’t ask for more’ as form builds

Race two improvement highlights progress with Barni Racing Team.

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A weekend of solid progress at Assen saw Barni Spark Racing Team’s Oli Bayliss edge his way closer to the front, stating he ‘couldn’t ask for more’ after making steps in every outing to conclude the weekend with P11 in WorldSSP race two.

Friday marked a challenging start for the Australian WorldSSP rookie at the Cathedral of Speed, finishing the second free practice session in P27, 2.6 seconds from pace-setter at the time, Can Oncu.

Bayliss improved on Saturday to qualify P19, less than two seconds from pole position and scored his first points of the season in race one where he crossed the line in 14th.

Race two saw Bayliss make an impressive start to leave the first corner in ninth, before narrowly missing the top 10 at the end of the 18 laps, also finishing within five seconds of the top five. Also in race two, Bayliss was one of the highest placed Ducati Panigale V2s, only finishing behind Racing’s Nicolo Bulega.

“We could sum it up with one sentence: we couldn’t ask for more,” Bayliss explained. “The team did a great job and every time I went out on track I was faster than the previous round.

“Also in race two, compared to race one, my pace improved and we reached the best possible result. I want to thank the whole team for the great work and the warmth I feel around me.”

Bayliss’ next world championship outing comes at Estoril, Portugal on 20-22 May, which marks round three of the 12 round 2022 WorldSSP championship.