Troy Bayliss exceeded all expectations when he completed his scheduled two day test at Mugello this week onboard a development Ducati 1198.
On day one the three time WSB champion completed 60 laps in fully wet conditions posting consistent 2.05 lap times.
On day two Bayliss surprised himself and his former crew chief and current Xerox Ducati team boss Ernesto Marinelli by smashing the unofficial Superbike lap record around Mugello with a 1m 51.9s best.
The lap time compared favourably to the previous best lap of current Ducati rider Michel Fabrizio who posted a 1.52.6 in April this year.
Speaking to MCN from Mugello, Bayliss said:
“We had a full day of rain on day one but still did some really good times given the conditions. The second day was dry and I went over a second faster than I’ve ever been around here on a race tyre.
"It’s the fastest anyone has ever been around here on a race tyre. I did a 1.51.9 which is pretty good.”
Bayliss’ stunning testing form confirms that he clearly still has the raw speed to compete, making the possibility of a comeback even stronger.
For full insight, latest developments and reaction from the WSB paddock about Bayliss’ return see MCN out Wednesday 19th May.