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Bayliss happy to be home in Monaco

Bayliss happy to be home in Monaco

Bayliss happy to be home in Monaco

Troy Bayliss is back home in France after the long-haul trip from his native Australia. The 34 year old reported that he was feeling fine despite the effects of his race crash at Phillip Island four days ago, when he was knocked unconscious after losing control of the Ducati Desmosedici as he challenged Marco Melandri for the lead. It was a frightening moment for Bayliss and his fans all over the world, but particularly back in Monaco where his wife Kim watched with their children Mitch, Abbey and one month old Ollie.

"I made a good start and three laps later it all fell to pieces," explained Bayliss, who had led the race after starting from fourth on the grid. "You all saw what happened next, nothing spectacular but a bump on the head and I was out cold. I woke up in the medical centre. I thought I was OK but the doctors said some x-rays and a CAT scan were a good idea, they thought. It was off to Melbourne in a whirly bird. Darrell came with me - my friend and manager. He enjoyed poking fun at my brain pictures but to his surprise and maybe some others, the doctors said my brain was just fine."

After three long weeks away from home, which have seen Bayliss pick up just seven points and drop back to seventh in the championship, the Australian admitted it was nice to catch up on the day-to-day realities of family life. "Mitch and Abbey seemed to have grown a lot and Olly doesn't know who I am," he commented. "Our dog Molly has no concept of time so three hours or three weeks of not seeing me is the same result!"

MotoGP, 2003

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