Triple World Superbike champion and MotoGP race winner Troy Bayliss is to come out of retirement and compete in the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship.

Bayliss will be racing for his own DesmoSport Ducati team and, at the age of 48, intends to finally add the ASBK title to his list of illustrious racing achievements.

The Australian told CycleOnline.com.au: “Initially I did want to see another young guy on the bike, but after I rode it I felt that I needed to contest the championship and try and win myself the elusive Australian Superbike title.

“I definitely feel like I have some unfinished business. I have a bit of work to do in terms of fitness, but after testing the bike and running it at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival, I feel I am definitely up to the task.”

Speaking to Greg Rust (click to listen), Bayliss revealed he had set "a good lap time" during the recent test, adding: "I'm coming back, I'm going to be very serious and that's that."

Bayliss, who will race the 1299 Panigale R,  finished third in the ASBK series in 1996 (Kawasaki) and runner-up in 1997 (Suzuki), before switching to BSB and starting his long relationship with Ducati the following season.

After winning the 1999 British Superbike title, Bayliss was placed by Ducati in the AMA series for 2000. However he was soon called-up by the factory's WorldSBK team in place of the injured Carl Fogarty.

A full-time MotoGP rider from 2003-2005, with Ducati and then Honda Pons, victory came during a one-off Desmosedici return in place of the injured Sete Gibernau at the final round of 2006.

World champion in 2001 and 2006, Bayliss retired from WorldSBK with a third crown in 2008. He then made a brief return as a stand-in for the official Ducati team in the 2015 Australian and Thailand rounds, with a best race finish of ninth.

Troy's son Oli, 14, will be competing in his second season of the ASBK Supersport 300 class in 2018.

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He just couldn't stay away, huh? ;)

Hope he has a good season and stays safe.

Welcome back TB21!  I wouldn't bet against him winning a few either....

Whilst I remember rooting for Colin Edwards in 2002(?), I always though this guy was a class act, on and off the bike.

A great family man too, which I understand was part of his reasons for retiring from the world scene.

he was never afraid to make a pass, but I don't remember him being unfair or dangerous. Just a hard racer. Well worth his MotoGP win too.

Can't keep a good guy down huh?

Excellent news, I hope he has a brilliant year and maybe he can be tempted to wildcard in a WSB race or 2, who knows?

Favourite Baylistic moment has to be the fairytale Valencia wildcard win - the look on his face in parc ferme - absolutely classis "**** you and what you rode in on" message to the paddock, I wish it got repeated on TV more often

It'll be great to see troy racing again but what's going on in Australian racing if he can be competitive ? 

Exactly. He's got no point to prove - if he fails, he's too old and should have stayed at home. If he wins, the Aussies are beaten by someone who's pushing 50.

Mika Kallio did two Italian Superbike races (so one weekend) for BMW in 2013 as a stand in at Mugello. He was doing Moto2 at the time. Despite this he won both races by good margin, beating the likes of Canepa and Poggiali. Sure Kallio was fresh off a Moto2 bike but I doubt there are racers with half the experience of those two in AUS SBK.

Actually, let's hope this attracts more retired talent to the series, I'd pay for viewing rights if a certain Mr. Stoner would also be attracted to race. :)

Hes not too old, so long as hes fit. Some of you need to rewire your brains about age and ability

Well worth a £100 punt! One of the best!

if he wins he might do BSB .like to see the old guy do that one.

 

Lets face it he will have no excuse not to win it as his bike is going to be the dogs bollocks, Ducati will see to that.

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