Spurred on by Ducati’s strong showing at Brno last month, Australian Troy Bayliss expects to one of the frontrunners at the Portugese MotoGP this weekend.

Spurred on by Ducati’s strong showing at Brno last month, Australian Troy Bayliss expects to one of the frontrunners at the Portugese MotoGP this weekend.


Ducati has gradually improved in competitiveness in its début Grand Prix season and Bayliss is convinced he can be a regular challenger for wins, especially after leading for long periods at the Czech MotoGP on August 17.


"The bike is starting to feel pretty good, I feel a lot more comfortable on it now," said the former World Superbike champion. "Brno showed that we can run right up front, that's where I want to be and I think I should be there all the time.


"Estoril is another place we visited during the off-season, but the bike has come on a long way since then,” he added. “It's bumpy and twisty, but I enjoy the track, it's fun. The bike is really coming on now.


"We got a new chassis at Brno that makes the bike easier in direction changes and I'm looking forward to working on the new front fork when we get to Estoril," the Australian concluded.