Bayliss completes Desmosedici GP9 test

Reigning WSBK champ still retired

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, May. 15, 2009
Troy Bayliss completed his three-day test of the Ducati Desmosedici GP9 but reiterated that he will not come out of retirement.

The three-time World Superbike Champion joined official Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi at the Mugello circuit in Italy May 12-14. Bayliss says the test was his first time on a motorcycle since he retired from racing last year and he was quick to dismiss the possibility of a full return.

“I’ve had three good days during which I’ve felt like a rider again,” says Bayliss. “It didn’t take long to get back into it but, before anyone gets any ideas, I will also say that I’m happy to be heading back to the airport and towards Australia and home this evening: I have no intention of returning to racing!”

Troy Bayliss says he will likely be back for another test session this year.Bayliss’ best lap time during the three days was 1:51.2 and Guareschi kept a similar pace with a time of 1:51.4. Bayliss’ best time was a second short of Casey Stoner’s race record (1:50.003) set in 2008, but on par with former Ducati Marlboro rider Marco Melandri’s time of 1:51.181, and ahead of Ducati satellite riders Toni Elias (1:51.793) and Sylvain Guintoli (1:51.830) in the same race.

“We worked each day on the bike and each day I was able to push harder, until I started to record some respectable times,” says Bayliss. “Now I’ll stay home for a while but later in June or July I’ll be back in Europe for a few weeks. I will probably test the bike again during that time, I don’t know exactly when, but I am very happy to play a part in this project.”

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