Bayliss impresses at Mugello test

"It felt like I'd never been away!"

Posted: 14 May 2010
by Visordown News

MULTIPLE World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss tested a WSB Ducati racer the first time since his retirement from the championship at the end of 2008 this week, amidst rumours the Australian will make a full-time return to the series in 2011.

The two-day test at Mugello, Italy, resulted in a best lap in a time of 1:51.9 on race tyres. In 2008 Bayliss posted a 1:52.8 during a Ducati WSB test.

"I really enjoyed myself and I hope the feedback I have been giving the guys is useful," said Bayliss after the test. "I was a little worried that I'd have forgotten how to ride after the year and a half break, but it was easy and to be honest it felt like I'd never been away!"

Bayliss has already lost one testicle and a finger through crashes in World Superbike racing. Should the 41-year-old Australian make a return to WSB?

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I'd rather see him come back as a team manager; but if he wants to chase Carl Fogerty's record that's his demon to feed.

Posted: 14/05/2010 at 16:03

A whole second sounds great, but check out how much further the others have moved on since 2008. And who, in their right mind would want to take on the British axe murderer contingency in the WSB field? Even Max relies on the straights to win these days. Teach others, Troy, that's why you've been allowed to get old. Use your fire another way. Perspective wise, I believe you are one of the 4 best racers of all time, if not the best so if ever you read this please take no offence.

Posted: 15/05/2010 at 19:38

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