Troy Bayliss said it felt as though nothing had changed as he reflected on his return to competitive action in the World Superbike Championship for the first time since 2008.
The Aussie star finished 13th in race one with tyre wear slowing his progress in the latter stages and had been running as high as seventh place in the second race when he was forced into the pits for a tyre change after more issues, re-joining to cross the line in 16th.
The three-time WSBK champion experienced a wave of emotions at the conclusion of the weekend after competing as a replacement for the injured Davide Giugliano and said he believed he could have given an ever better account of himself had it not been for the tyre problems that hampered his performance.
“I'm feeling a real mix of emotions at the end of the weekend. I came here to have fun, and for the fans and the Phillip Island circuit,” said the 45-year-old.
“I thought that maybe I wouldn't have the pace to be able to run with these guys anymore but instead I've seen that I can still be fast and, if it hadn't been for the tyre issue, I think I could have done a lot more.
“So I don't know, it's a pity I didn't have more time on track, and I didn't have time to train properly ahead of the event of course, but all in all it's been a really fun weekend, and in many ways it feels like nothing has changed since 2008,” he added.
“I thank Ducati for giving me the opportunity and also all of the fans and ducatisti for their continued support.”