Bayliss says no to comeback

2010 World Ducati Week news

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 14, 2010
Troy Bayliss put an end to rumors of an impending return to racing during World Ducati Week, June 10-13.

The three-time World Superbike Champion says he will not come out of retirement after testing for the Ducati Xerox team during World Ducati Week at Italy’s Misano circuit. The declaration shuts down a rumor that Bayliss himself started during a previous test session.

“I spoke too soon,” says Bayliss. “I still wanted to race and I said I wanted to come back. But when I tested here I found out that things weren’t going that good and we ended up going around in circles. That’s when it hit me and I realized that it was hard things like that that I didn’t miss about racing. That completely … changed my mind, I don’t want to come back racing and I don’t want to do any wild cards. I’m retired and I’m happy.”

Troy Bayliss (right) did not look out of place testing with Noriyuki Haga (center) and Michel Fabrizio.

Bayliss’ comments came before the final day of testing June 14, a private test day held after World Ducati Week had ended. Testing a new set of Pirelli tires, Bayliss had the top time of 1:35.6, faster than Fabrizio’s 1:36.0 and Haga’s 1:36.4 times. Despite the improved results, Bayliss restated his decision to remain retired.

“The testing’s gone really well and with more time on track today the times improved quite a bit this morning. I’m happy with how it all went and hope my feedback can help Nori and Michel, but I’m also tired because we’ve had a lot to do during this edition of WDW, both on and off track!” says Bayliss. “As I said during Saturday’s WDW press conference, I have made up my mind and I won’t be coming back to the racing but I will undertake one more Superbike test later this year, just before the Imola SBK round, as agreed with Ducati at the start of the season.”

Ducati brought out an All-Star group of riders to compete in a drag race on Streetfighters.

Bayliss did take part in some racing during WDW, joining a Ducati Streetfighter drag race competition with current Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio, Ducati Marlboro MotoGP riders Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner, and satellite Ducati WSBK racers Carlos Checa, Shane Byrne as well as MotoGP test rider Franco Battaini.

Haga came out on top in the competition, beating Hayden in the final with a time of 5.703 seconds. Bayliss was third, losing to Hayden in the semi-final round while Haga beat Stoner in the other semi-final.

Noriyuki Haga (left) beat Nicky Hayden in the final round of the Streetfighter drag race competition at World Ducati Week.

Bayliss wasn’t the only potential comeback taking part in the testing. Making a surprise appearance was Regis Laconi, formerly of DFX Corse. Laconi was seriously injured in a crash during practice during the 2009 Kyalami, South Africa round. Laconi suffered two cracked vertebrae and had to be placed into a medically-induced coma following the crash. Laconi completed 70 laps during the test, but the team insists a comeback is not in the works.

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