News 22 Feb 2023

Consistent times for Bayliss despite a variety of changes

D34G rider narrowly misses 1m33s bracket at the Phillip Island test.

Image: Russell Colvin.

D34G Racing’s Oli Bayliss ran through a variety of changes with the Ducati Panigale V2 on the second day of the Phillip Island test, each seemingly producing a similar outright lap time as he concluded the pre-season seventh fastest in the Supersport World Championship (WorldSSP).

Bayliss made the switch from Barni Spark Racing to the D34G surrounds for 2023, and completed the first day of Phillip Island testing inside the top three, his best effort a 1m34.103s.

The Australian improved marginally Tuesday morning to land just shy of a 1m33s lap with a 1m34.005s, and again posted a best time in the low 1m34s bracket in the afternoon to wrap up the pre-season proceedings.

“We made a lot of changes to the D34G Racing Ducati Panigale V2,” Bayliss shared. “Pretty much with all the changes we did to the bike, we did the same exact lap time.

“So, we are not going backwards, however, we need to keep making these steps and keep on trying to improve the bike over the course of this weekend.

“Overall, we finished in seventh position in the combined times with our fastest lap being set in this morning’s Free Practice one with a time of 1min34.005. With a total of 117-laps over the course of the two-days we have learned a lot and know where we have to improve on which is the main thing.”

Ultimately, it was Racing Ducati rider Nicolo Bulega who set the benchmark in WorldSSP across the two days, courtesy of a 1m32.781s, as the season commences this weekend between 24-26 February at Phillip Island.