Even the doubters would be impressed
Bayliss bounces back from finger surgery - Saturday April 14, 2:19 PM
Australian veteran Troy Bayliss has bounced back from partial finger amputation to set the quickest time ahead of this weekend's world superbike round in Spain.
The Ducati rider shrugged off the effects of his recent crash at Donington in England to dominate both free practice and qualifying at Valencia.
Bayliss had most of the little finger of his right hand amputated after he caught it between his bike and the tarmac.
After being given the OK to ride by circuit medics late on Friday Bayliss eased himself back before clocking a new circuit best lap with a time of 1m34.599s, half-a-second quicker than Neil Hodgson's 2003 record.
Despite some discomfort in both his injured hand and groin area, Bayliss said he was relieved to find that his performance on the track had not been affected.
"Everything's going good," Bayliss said. "I think the track is not in such a good condition for grip so we did OK considering.
"I've done better laps in testing before but on the race tyre it's as good as we've ever done and I'm happy with that, considering that I'm not in the best of shape.
"Honestly it's a little bit awkward with my hand but it's not actually affecting me which I'm happy about.
"The other bits and pieces are tender and I'm taking the right precautions to try and help everything," he said.
"I can't say I'm feeling fit but the last month I've been very healthy and this has all helped me to get back into shape and into a good condition.
"My riding style is exactly the same, nothing's changed."
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