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WSBK Phillip Island: Bayliss rues tyre issues on 'emotional' weekend

Aruba.it Ducati rider finishes 13th and 16th at in WSBK return at Phillip Island but progress stifled by tyre problems in both races
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.”



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kneedragon1962

February 22, 2015 11:51 AM

As a tv spectator, it looked a bit like he didn't quite have the setup right in the first. They changed a few things, and in the early stages of the second, he was faster, including on about the 7th or 8th lap a fastest lap of the race. But then he slowed and pitted, and changed both tyres. He did alright for an old bloke. My 52 doesn't feel quite as ancient as it did yesterday, I'm grateful. He didn't look quite like the Baylis I remember, but he didn't look like a silly old fossil out for a stroll either. I think given a bit more time on the bike, for testing and sorting, and a bit of personal training, he'd be pretty much right back where he was. Rossi does a pretty good job for an old man of 35, but Troy showed what the silver hoard can do. Good onya, mate, thanks.



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