World Superbike legend Troy Bayliss will continue to replace Ducati's Davide Giugliano at the inaugural Thai round on March 22.

Triple champion Bayliss, 46 this month, made a shock return at his home Australian event after Giugliano was injured during testing at the Phillip Island circuit.

Following bike troubles and a big highside in practice, Bayliss qualified 14th and went on to finish 13th and 16th after suffering tyre issues in both races - his first at WSBK level since 2008.

The Chang International Circuit will be a new venue for all competitors, with Bayliss declaring he will be much better prepared.

"I'm really excited to be able to ride the Panigale R again and I thank the Racing-Ducati Superbike Team for the opportunity," Bayliss said.

"It will be great to work with the team again. Compared to the Phillip Island round, organised pretty much at the last minute, this time I've had the chance to train and prepare myself properly.

"I'm really motivated and feeling ready; I can't wait to get back on track!"

Giugliano, who suffered fractured vertebrae, aims to be back on his Panigale R in time for the fifth round at Imola from 8-10 May. No decision has yet been taken on who will ride alongside Chaz Davies at the Arag?n (12 April) and Assen (19 April) rounds.



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