Troy Bayliss has dashed the hopes of Ducatisti around the world by denying any intention of coming back to World Superbike racing. After rumors were rife last month that we could see the Australian rider make a wild card entry this year, Bayliss has said in a press conference at Misano that he is still in retirement, and plans to stay that way indefinitely.
The rumors around Bayliss’ return were fueled not only by statements by Ducati, saying they would give their former star pupil full support in a WSBK return, but also by Bayliss himself, who said that he was seriously considering returning to racing.
Making an apparent 180° turn on riding again, Bayliss chalked up his decision to stay in retirement to looking past the positive moments in his career, and remembering the bad times of motorcycle racing, namely when things don’t go right.
After struggling with the Ducati Superbike during testing at Misano that week Bayliss said, “that’s when it hit me, and it was hard things like that that I didn’t miss about racing.” “I’m retired and I’m happy,” Bayliss finished. Unfortunately for Ducati fans, this will mean that they have to continue to look towards Haga and Fabrizio for WSBK racing wins in the 2010 season.