Three-time champion Troy Bayliss has confirmed he does not intend to return to World Superbike Championship racing following his surprise decision to come out of retirement for a two-round endeavour with Ducati.

A legend of his discipline, Bayliss shocked the racing world when he put himself forward to replace the injured Davide Giugliano on the Ducati for the 2015 WSBK opener in Australia - seven years after he announced his retirement from the sport -, only to the get a second call-up for round two in Thailand.

Despite a positive performance at the new Chang International Circuit, which saw him qualify seventh on the grid and finish eighth and 11th in the two races, Bayliss says this was his final flourish before returning to retirement.

"All in all, and considering that conditions here are some of the most difficult I've experience, I can say that I'm fairly satisfied. I've never liked it when it's this hot and they were, as I expected, two very physical and difficult races, especially the first as I didn't even take a drink in my suit!

"I thought I'd do a little better in the second race but I knew it would be tough, so it didn't go too badly I guess... It's been fun, I came back in particular circumstances and wanted to do one more event after Phillip Island to see how it would go.

"I love racing, Ducati and the people that work here and it's been really great to race with the Panigale R Superbike.

"I was lucky enough to finish my career fit and healthy and I've seen that I can still be fast, but now I am ready to return to enjoying life with my family in Australia. I want to thank everyone for their support and now I leave things to the young talents."

The next round of the World Superbike Championship will take place at Aragon, though it remains uncertain as to whether Giugliano will be fit enough for a return.



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