Bayliss set to extend comeback for Thailand WSB?
Paddock speculation is rife that Troy Bayliss will continue with his WSB return for a further three rounds. The former triple champion made a return to racing at the opening Phillip Island round after factory Ducati rider Davide Guigliano was injured in a testing crash.
Originally scheduled to be a one-off ride, Bayliss reportedly enjoyed his return so much that he will now continue for the duration of Guigliano’s absence. With the next circuit on the calendar being a new track for everyone, he may also gain back some lost ground on his rivals.
Speaking after his native Phillip Island, Bayliss was quick to comment on how much he had enjoyed his return: “I’m feeling a real mix of emotions at the end of the weekend. I came here to have fun, and for the fans and the Phillip Island circuit. I thought that maybe I wouldn’t have the pace to be able to run with these guys anymore but instead I’ve seen that I can still be fast and, if it hadn’t been for the tyre issue, I think I could have done a lot more.”
There’s also a benefit to Ducati and Guigliano to Bayliss continuing with the team, as after deputising for four rounds his status changes from replacement to permanent rider. That would allow Guigliano to return to the series with a fresh allocation of engines available for the rest of the season.