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Bayliss testing at Mugello.

Troy Bayliss completed his first day of testing on board the Ducati Desmosedici GP9 at Mugello on Tuesday, alongside regular factory test rider Vittoriano Guareschi.

It marked the first time the reigning triple World Superbike champion had ridden a grand prix machine since the final round of 2006 at Valencia, when he took a shock first (and last) MotoGP win during a one-off ride to replace the injured Sete Gibernau.

Tuesday also marked the first time Bayliss had experienced an 800cc MotoGP bike and was his first two-wheeled track action since concluding his motorcycle racing career with a double race victory at the 2008 Portimao WSBK season finale.

"This is literally the first time I've ridden a motorcycle since we unveiled the 1198 after the end of last season at Portimao", confirmed the Australian. "It was nice to shake off a bit of rust and with Mugello being such a physical circuit it was a good workout!

“The last time I rode a GP machine was at Valencia, which was the 990cc, but the 800cc isn't exactly lacking power and I just spent today getting a feel for it. I can't wait to get back out there tomorrow and on Thursday and hopefully by the end of the session I'll be able to give some useful feedback to Filippo [Preziosi].”

No lap times were released by Ducati.

Bayliss will continue to test the carbon-fibre GP9 on Wednesday and Thursday.

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. Lucifer

May 13, 2009 1:37 PM
Last Edited 2996 days ago

beelzebub, develop the bike for whom?? He has been on the Duke for 2 seasons and has 1 championship and a second, I say he knows how to set the bike up pretty good. You think he should be worried about how his team mates set up their bikes? Go have a look at Fiat Yamaha pit and you will notice a big wall between the 2 riders, thats how much they help each other. Its up to the individual rider to set up his own bike to his own style of riding. I just think Casey rides it a lot more on the edge than his team mates are willing to push.

steveo - Unregistered

May 13, 2009 12:09 PM

Hope Troy takes it steady though, he's a class act but I really hope for his sake he stays retired and doesnt come back and hurt himself or fail to make the grade. He has done enough in his career already. Have to admit though every time I see him on the TV this year he looks like hes bored and wants to be out there!

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