Troy Bayliss has put an end to speculation that he is considering coming out of retirement in 2011 by claiming that he 'spoke too soon' when pressed on a possible return.
Bayliss stoked rumours of a comeback last month when he proved instantly competitive during a pre-arranged Ducati Superbike test at Mugello, the Australian going on to hint that he is erring towards returning next season after suggesting he may have retired from competition 'too early'.
However, while the three-time World Superbike Champion was back on the 1198 during the World Ducati Week event at Mugello, he used the opportunity to quash rumours of any shock return, adding that while he misses racing, he doesn't miss the laborious development work.
"I spoke too soon," he told GPOne.com
. "Everything felt easy for me and I said that I wanted to comeback; I guess I started my own rumour. But when I tested here I found out that things weren't going that good and we ended up going around in circles.
“That's when it hit me and it was hard things like that that I didn't miss about racing. That completely I changed my mind I don't want to come back racing and I don't want to do any wild cards. I'm retired and I'm happy."
Bayliss was a 52-time winner over 152 races in World Superbikes, while he is also one of a handful of riders to take victories at WSBK and MotoGP level.