WSBK Chang International: Bayliss ‘excited’ by Thai level playing field

Troy Bayliss believes the level playing field of the Chang International Circuit will see him prove more competitive in Thailand.
Troy Bayliss says he cannot wait to get back on the Ducati Panigale R after being given another chance to ride in the World Superbike Championship.

The former champion made a shock return to the series on home soil at Phillip Island last month after putting himself forward as a late replacement for the injured Davide Giugliano.

With Giugliano still out of action a month later, Bayliss has been called up again, this time to sample the brand-new Chang International Circuit in Thailand.

Having put in a respectable performance in Australia given his lengthy time off the bike and in a racing environment, Bayliss feels better prepared for this shot, particularly as it will be held at a venue no other rider has previously sampled before.

“Firstly I'd like to thank the team for giving me another chance to ride the Panigale R. I'm excited to get back on track, and at what is a brand new circuit for everyone, so we'll all start on a level playing field. I've been training hard in recent weeks and am feeling well prepared for the challenge. I can't wait to get started.

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March 18, 2015 4:04 PM

Yes he doesn't have the track knowledge like he had at PI but no-one has been to Thailand so that's irrelevant. The fact that everyone starts with no track knowledge is a massive equaliser this weekend. It doesn't matter who you are after being out of the sport for 6 years its going to take some time to get back up to speed. Look at how much Schumacher changed in 3 years out of F1. I know the bike is good but to be anywhere near the points in PI two days after getting on the bike and a whole winter + 6 seasons behind everyone else was a massive achievement.


March 18, 2015 2:21 PM

ianisme: Always great to see Troy on track, but I don't really understand his excitement about the track being a 'level playing field'. How can this be an advantage to him compared to racing at his home circuit of Philip Island? He'll still do well because he's Troy Bayliss!
Everobody else did test at Philip Island and had clear edge over Bayliss, not to mention hadnt ridden the Panigale R ever before (everybody else did countless test days with their machines before wheel was turned at PI)

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