Barni Spark Racing Ducati rider Oliver Bayliss will miss today’s final day of WorldSSP testing in Portimao with a right ankle injury.
The 2022 WorldSSP rookie was taking part in his first test for the Ducati team, however, the Aussie only completed nine laps before suffering a crash at turn five.
Bayliss, who was joined by fellow Ducati WorldSSP riders Nicolo Bulega and Maximilian Kofler for the two-day test, suffered a “lateral malleolus” fracture.
Bayliss will be replaced by Nicholas Spinelli for day two of testing at the Algarve International Circuit, while the former Australian Superbike rider will now focus on recovering in time for testing at Misano next month.
A statement from Barni Spark Racing Ducati said: “Due to an accident at turn five this morning Oliver Bayliss was taken to hospital in Portimao where medical tests revealed a fractured lateral malleolus on the right ankle.
“Oliver will attempt to recover for the next test scheduled for March 16-17 at Misano World Circuit. – decided to call Nicholas Spinelli to continue the development of the Panigale V2.
“Nicholas, who already has experience with the bike having driven Borgo Panigale’s twin in the National Trophy last year, will be in the saddle tomorrow during the second day of testing at Portimao.”
The first day of the Portimao WorldSBK test saw six-time world champion Jonathan Rea edge out current Superbike champion Toprak Razgatlioglu and Alvaro Bautista, while former MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci also made his Ducati Superbike debut as he gearing up for his first MotoAmerica campaign.