Troy Bayliss rolled back the years and says he used tactics from seven years ago which were able to do the same trick during free practice at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand.
The former three-time World Superbike champion finished the day seventh fastest overall with a quick time of 1m 35.690s, on his Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R and was relatively satisfied by the developments made during the day. The Australian rider was constantly making small tweaks to his bike throughout both sessions which saw him make significant gains each time.
“We had a few little dramas this morning that meant that it took us a little while to get going,” Bayliss said. “I was feeling ok but nothing really special in the first practice. I knew we'd be able to more this afternoon on the softer tyre and I was right, able to go immediately quicker.
“Then we made a change mid-session, a change that also used to help us in the past, and I was able to make some quick laps, with my fastest lap coming on a tyre that had done 13 laps. So I'm really happy now, when I got off the bike I felt like I did seven years ago.”
Bayliss finished one second off pace-setter Alex Lowes and remains confident ahead of the second round of the 2015 World Superbike championship.
The 45-year-old rider is acting as cover for the injured Davide Giugliano. Bayliss also raced in place of Giugliano for the World Superbike championship season opener at Phillip Island, marking a return to racing after retiring in 2008.