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According to him, at least. Last test day saw him faster than both Haga and Fabrizio.

Looks like the factory team will be in the woods for awhile.

No crying, Jami. :D
 

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I think it is an act of maturity and class to publicly state he remains retired. Will he or won't he talk was becoming a distraction to the other riders IMO. Imagine you are Haga, struggling to make it into Superpole 3, and having people ask you about the guy you replaced possibly come back to aid the team. Doesn't do much for confidence.

It would have been easy for him to string the press and fans along for most of the summer, teasing them with whether he would come back. It would have been ego gratification for some riders. I think Bayliss has the wisdom to know that wouldn't be helpful to Ducati and ultimately he wouldn't get much out of it either.

Legacy: Intact.
 
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