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THREE-time World Superbike champion will return to competitive racing at the age of 48

THREE-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss will return to competitive racing at the age of 48.

Bayliss will compete in the 2018 Australian Superbike championship, starting at Phillip Island in February.

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Bayliss said he had “unfinished business” to take care of. He raced in the Australian series between 1995 and 1997 but the national title eluded him

He will ride on a Ducati Ducati 1299 Panigale R, racing for the factory-supported DesmoSport Ducati operation he co-owns with Ben Henry.

Bayliss quit the World Superbike circuit in 2008 after claiming his third world title.

The Gold Coast-based rider made a brief cameo return in 2015, at age 45, to replace the injured Davide Guigliano to race in two rounds including at Phillip Island.

He helps run the Troy Bayliss Events company which runs motorcycle expos around the country including in Melbourne every two years.

His desire to return was boosted earlier this month when he tested the Ducati at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival.

The first round of the Australian Superbike series will be held during the opening round of the World Superbike Championship at the island on February 23-25. Pre-season testing will be held in January.

Bayliss’s 14-year-old son, Oli, competes in the Supersport 300 class as part of the Cube Racing Team.



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