Bayliss beats Haga and Fabrizio at Misano test

Retired WSB champ trounces team riders at World Ducati Week

MULTIPLE WORLD Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss has topped the timesheets at Xerox Ducati's WSB Misano tests, lapping faster than both of the team's 2010 riders.

The Australian, who this week dismissed rumours he would return to WSB racing in 2011, posted a best of 1:35.6, almost half a second faster than Michel Fabrizio (1:36.0) and just under a second quicker than Noriyuki Haga (1:36.4).

“As I said during the WDW (World Ducati Week) press conference, I have made up my mind and I won't be coming back to the racing but I will undertake one more Superbike test later this year, just before the Imola SBK round, as agreed with Ducati at the start of the season,” confirmed Bayliss.

So the old hand waltzes in and gives the current rider line-up a total pasting. It must be a bit demoralising, eh?