Bayliss to make full-time racing comeback

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Three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss will come out of retirement to race full-time in the Australian Superbike series in 2018.

The 49-year-old will race for the factory-supported Ducati team he co-owns with former Aussie superbike racer Ben Henry.

Bayliss will contest all seven rounds of the 2018 ASBK championship, which kicks off alongside the opening round of the Superbike World Championship at Philip Island at the end of February.

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It’s not a first racing comeback for the former champion, who stood in for the injured Davide Giugliano in the opening four rounds of the 2015 World Superbike season scoring a best result of ninth.

“I definitely feel like I have some unfinished business,” Bayliss explained “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 am definitely up to the task.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing