Troy Bayliss expects to be in a much stronger position to compete this weekend as the World Superbike Championship visits Thailand for this first time.
The three-time champion replaced Davide Giugliano in the opening round in Australia at short notice but with a month’s preparation for round two, he expects to give a better account of himself this time. Bayliss also expects the fact that nobody has ridden around the Chang International Circuit before to play to his advantage.
“Firstly I’d like to thank the team for giving me another chance to ride the Panigale R. I’m excited to get back on track, and at what is a brand new circuit for everyone, so we’ll all start on a level playing field. I’ve been training hard in recent weeks and am feeling well prepared for the challenge. I can’t wait to get started.”
Ducati teammate Chaz Davies lies third in the world championship after a brace of podium finishes at Phillip Island and the Welshman has every reason to be excited about his first competitive appearance in Thailand.
“I had the chance to visit the Chang International Circuit while visiting Ducati Thailand in January this year. It looks like an amazing facility and a great track and I’m always keen to race at new circuits. After the results achieved in Australia, I’m feeling even more motivated and am looking forward to getting back to work this weekend and seeing what we can do.”