WSBK Thailand: Bayliss: Great to ride with up and coming stars

Troy Bayliss enjoys his surprise two-round comeback to the World Superbike Championship, adding it is fun to compete alongside new 'stars'.
Troy Bayliss says he took great satisfaction from going up against some of World Superbikes' 'up and coming stars', but insists it was only every his intention to partake in a couple of events.

Last month the three-time world champion made a shock return to the World Superbike ranks seven years after he retired from the sport, putting himself forward as a replacement for the injured Davide Giugliano on the Ducati.

Racing in Australia and the following Thailand round, despite the lengthy hiatus, Bayliss showed glimpses of his best at the Chang International Circuit, scoring a top ten finish in race one, raising hopes he could be convinced into making a full-time return.

However, the 45 year-old quashed those hopes at the end of the weekend, saying he will certainly hang up his helmet for good now and focus on his family. Even so, he says he enjoyed sharing the track with some of the sport's rising stars and was impressed with the standard.

“Weekend is done and dusted, couple of one off rides was all it was about under the circumstances ,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “Great to have a ride with some of the guys who were coming in as I was on my way out and cool to ride with the young up and coming stars.”

Before his comeback, Bayliss had not competed in World Superbikes since the final round of his title-winning 2008 season on the Xerox Ducati. Of the current riders, only Leon Haslam – competing as a wild-card - and Jonathan Rea – who was making his WSBK debut – would be competing back then.

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March 23, 2015 9:34 AM

If Johnny Rea had not stuck with Honda, he would have a record similar to what Bayliss has without a shadow of doubt. Who knows, he could have been a factory Moto GP rider at this point in his career. Wasted far too long on the CBR. Well done to Troy Bayliss as well, he certainly didn't disgrace himself.


March 23, 2015 11:48 AM

I agree with all the comments above...However while I believe Rea as been hindered by his loyalty to Honda in WSBK... I cannot say he would have a record similar to what Bayliss has without a shadow of doubt, because "what ifs" and reality are usually quite different. I do not believe Rea (even on a different motorcycle) or Bayliss would have beat the sensational rookie Spies of 2009 but that is my opinion. Rea would not have beat Bayliss in 2008..again another opinion/what if.... had he taken the Yamaha ride after Spies left, I definitely think he would have done some damage and even taken the title but that again is mere speculation. Fact is he is doing it now and though it is still early it looks promising.. let us see how the rest of the season pans out.. Thanks Mr. Baylistic, we were all happy to see you back and wished you would stay until Guigliano returned..

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