If you thought that Troy Bayliss’ return to the World Superbike paddock would include just one quick showing at Phillip Island, then you don’t know Troy Bayliss. The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team announced today that the 45-year-old Australian will race the Panigale R once again, during the second round of the Superbike World Championship at the Chang International Circuit in the Buriram province of Thailand. This is the WSBK Championship’s first visit to the Chang International Circuit, and it will be interesting to see how Bayliss gets up to speed. The three-time champ ran as high as seventh place at Phillip Island, and a new-to-everyone track could potentially play in his favor.
Bayliss is filling in for Davide Giugliano, who crashed during the preseason test at Phillip Island and has two micro-fractures of his L1 and L2 vertbrae. Giugliano is claimed to be unable to ride for 90 days.
More from the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team press release below, and don’t forget to hit the next button above to check out more images of Bayliss at Phillip Island.
Arezzo/Borgo Panigale (Italy), 4 March 2015: The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team is pleased to announce that three-times world champion Troy Bayliss will return to the track with the Italian team and the Panigale R for Round 2 of the World Superbikes, taking place from 20-22 March at the Chang International Circuit in the Buriram province of Thailand.
Bayliss, who will turn 46 on March 30, already competed alongside Chaz Davies at the opening round of Phillip Island in place of Davide Giugliano, injured during the first day of testing, and will substitute for the Italian rider once again, this time at the Thai track, new not only to the Australian but to all of the Superbike riders.
The Australian rider commented: “I’m really excited to be able to ride the Panigale R again and I thank the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team for the opportunity. It will be great to work with the team again. Compared to the Phillip Island round, organised pretty much at the last minute, this time I’ve had the chance to train and prepare myself properly. I’m really motivated and feeling ready; I can’t wait to get back on track!”
Davide Giugliano continues with his recovery, which requires him to rest for another few weeks before recommencing with a measured training programme. He aims to be back on his Panigale R in time for the fifth championship round of Imola, taking place from 8-10 May.
No decision has yet been taken by the Italian squad with regard to the substitution of Giugliano for the rounds of Aragón (12 April) and Assen (19 April).