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Old 05-12-2010, 07:34 AM   #1
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Bayliss Contemplates Comeback

Three-time World Superbike champion and full-fledged Ducati racing hero Troy Bayliss is contemplating a return to World Superbike racing.

Bayliss retired at the culmination of the 2008 World Superbike season with 52 wins and three world titles. His forthright, workingman persona, coupled with his prowess on a Ducati Superbike, made him a favorite of fans from the alleys near the Ducati factory in Bologna to the pit lane at Salt Lake City's Miller Motorsports Park, and all points in between. Now, after a season off from racing, Bayliss says he is mulling a racing comeback.

Reached last night in his hotel room in Italy, the Australian spoke with Superbikeplanet.com about his retirement and unhappiness in leaving racing, which many infer happened a season or two too early.

Asked if, after a full season of not racing, he has come to terms with being retired, Bayliss said in his characteristically blunt fashion, "Not one little bit, not at all."

"All I can say is that I am going back to ride the bike again," Bayliss confessed, "and I am thinking about starting again, honestly."
Bayliss tested the factory Ducati MotoGP bike last season and is, in fact, testing a factory Ducati Superbike today at Mugello. It's clear that his role as a sometimes test rider for the factory has not been enough to placate's Bayliss' competitive spirit and need to win. Perhaps his future is in team management at Ducati Superbike? Bayliss: "You're joking right? I have no interest in being a team manager of any kind. The test riding job is okay but ...".

http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2010/...511-212121.htm

Now that would be fantastic
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
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I doubt he'll be competitive anymore. Look how much the factory boys are struggling this year.











I say that, but next season Ducati will just whine, and receive, yet another 200cc bump in displacement so they can dominate again.
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:32 PM   #3
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He still got it, and can probably pull out another world championship.

Just wonder if he was thinking of racing some last year, but Spies cleaning up changed his mind!
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Troy Bayliss is the man! don't really know why he retired at all 2 years ago. He should be very competitive if he makes a come back!
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GO BAYLISSS, my fav rider!!!
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I doubt he'll be competitive anymore. Look how much the factory boys are struggling this year.
I say that, but next season Ducati will just whine, and receive, yet another 200cc bump in displacement so they can dominate again.

Bayliss rode the 2010 specification Xerox Ducati 1198 during a two-day test at Mugello, the first time he has competitively ridden a Superbike since his Portimao 2008 double victory when he officially began his retirement.

Although weather played its part over the two days, the triple world champion's eventual lap time of 1min 51.9secs was deemed 'extremely impressive for a Superbike'. While World Superbikes don't compete at Mugello, Bayliss' time does compare favourably with that of Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP pole-winning lap in 2009, just three seconds adrift.

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Old 05-23-2010, 10:39 PM   #7
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I like the idea of such a great rider ending on a high point. I would hate to see him comeback, battle another 4 years with no championship, and then retire. But if he did win another title it would be awesome.
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I like the idea of such a great rider ending on a high point. I would hate to see him comeback, battle another 4 years with no championship, and then retire. But if he did win another title it would be awesome.
Don't want him to pull an MJ.
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Would be great to see Bayliss racing again.
Always been one of my favorite racers and just an all around class act.
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