Troy Bayliss says he is only 'reasonably happy' with his qualifying performance, despite marking his second World Superbike return event in Thailand with seventh on the grid, just three tenths off his team-mate.

Aided by a sharo shower just before FP3, Bayliss was granted automatic entry into SP2 thanks to his run to seventh in FP2, the former champion taking full advantage of his privileged position to show glimpses of his best form over a single lap seven years after he last competed in the series full-time.

Getting as high as third at one stage, though Bayliss would eventually slip back to seventh, he would end the session just three tenths behind sixth place starter Chaz Davies on the sister Aruba.it Ducati.

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Despite the eye-catching result in the context of his time off the bike, Bayliss says he qualified where he had expected to and though he is happy heading into the two races, he says there are still improvements to come from himself and the Panigale R

"I'm reasonably happy, and think I'm more or less where I thought I'd be on the qualifying tyre, but I'd have liked to do a little more in the free practice earlier. In terms of race pace I don't think we're doing too badly but I know tomorrow's races will be tough.

"We're still missing a little acceleration but I know we've worked in the right direction this weekend. We'll see if we can find a little more in warm-up tomorrow and then I hope to be able to score two reasonable results..."