Troy Bayliss

Troy BaylissTroy Bayliss at the final Portiao World Superbike race above, after clinching the titie 3 weeks before at Magny-Cpurs, rode in special World Championship livery. CLICK on any Photo to GO BIGGER

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2008 World Superbike Championship Review & Interview
by and Team Ducati Corse

Troy Bayliss Triumphs to take his 3rd World Superbike Title
Ducat Celebrates its thirteenth Rider Title and Fifteenth Manufacturers title

Magny-Cours (France), Sunday 5th October 2008: By taking a third place finish in Race 1 and a fantastic race 2 win today at the “Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours”, Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) has this weekend been crowned with a remarkable third World Superbike title, powering his Ducati 1098 F08 to victory and snatching the title after round thirteen, despite there being one more round still to race at Portimao (Portugal).

With a total of 410 championship points, and having achieved nine race wins and sixteen podium finishes during the season, the Australian legend Bayliss has ridden the Ducati 1098 F08 factory machine into the record books, a winning bike in its debut season, a feat previously accomplished by Carl Fogarty with the 916 in 1994, and with the 996 in 1998 and by Neil Hodgson in 2003 with the 999.

Todays’ results also mean that Ducati has secured the manufacturer’s title, for the fifteenth time since the championship began in 1988. This means that in the last eighteen years, the Borgo-Panigale based firm has dominated the World Superbike series, to take the constructor’s title home on all but three occasions.

Troy started from third position on the grid and knew that to finish Race 1 with an advantage of at least 75 points over Corser, Haga and Neukirchner would be enough to take the title. He therefore rode an intelligent race, leaving Haga to lead while he concentrated on doing just enough to secure the necessary result. He remained in second place for the first nineteen laps before relinquishing that position to Nieto and eventually settling for third place on the podium. Meanwhile team-mate Michel Fabrizio rode a great race, moving up from ninth to third place, only to unfortunately crash out, unhurt, on the nineteenth lap.

In Race 2 Troy was able to ride with less pressure and thus raced for the win. Caught up in a great battle with an old adversary, Haga, Troy proved himself to be the most determined, crossing the line ahead of the Yamaha rider. Unfortunately Fabrizio suffered from technical problems that prevented him from fighting up front, eventually concluding the race in fourteenth place

39-year old Troy first celebrated a world title with Ducati in 2001, a season in which he dominated the racing on board the 996R, to finish with a 36-point advantage over second-placed rider Colin Edwards. In 2006, racing for the Ducati Xerox Team on board the Ducati 999, Troy’s twelve race wins and total of sixteen podium finishes secured him his second world title, a testimony to the incredible competitiveness of the Australian who won the championship by a clear margin of 95 points, ahead of James Toseland.

Bayliss will retire from Superbike racing at the end of the 2008 season, having accumulated over the years an awe-inspiring collection of 50 race wins, 92 podium finishes and 25 pole positions.

Troy Bayliss / Davide TardozziTroy Bayliss and Ducati Corse Superbike team manager Davide Tardozzi

Troy Bayliss
(2008 World Superbike Champion – Ducati Xerox Team – Ducati 1098 F08)
“I’m extremely happy to have won my third world championship and to be able to say I have won on three different generations of the Ducati Superbike. I want to thank the entire team who have worked so hard and put a lot of trust in me. Together we have done a great job this season. These last years with Ducati, since 2000, have been a great experience for me. This whole year has been up and done, with several riders remaining consistently fast. From half way through the season we became more confident and so there was a lot of pressure but I’ve done what I set out to do, I really wanted to win on the three different Ducati Superbikes. It’s just a fantastic feeling. Now I have secured the title, I’m looking forward to enjoying the last round at the brand new track of Portimao, where I’m hoping I can finish the season on a high!”

Gabriele Del Torchio (CEO – Ducati Motor Holding)
“I am particularly happy and proud of this victory. Exactly one year ago the MotoGP win added a very important chapter to our history but this win demonstrates, for the fifteenth time, Ducati’s supremacy in competitions for production bikes such as SBK. A triumph that confirms the success of the product that is the 1098, a winner in it’s debut year, and a point of reference not just on track but also from the commercial and design points of view.

Troy is an icon of our brand, a true Ducatista, who demonstrates characteristics such as determination, intelligence, pride and competitiveness, bringing added value to our company and to our bikes. A rider that “never gives up”, he is the public’s favourite, it is impossible not to like him. He truly deserved to conclude his career triumphantly, with yet another win to add to the list, consolidating his position among the greats of motorcycling. Ducati owes a lot to Troy and he has always known how to repay the company, writing unforgettable pages of motorcycling history for us. Thanks again Troy, and a particular thanks also to the team, to Ducati Corse and all the Ducati employees who has each played their role to perfection to secure this fantastic result.”

Filippo Preziosi (General Director – Ducati Corse)
“Today Troy has given Ducati Corse an unforgettable gift, having now won the World Superbike Championship on three different bikes – the 998, 999 and 1098. On behalf of everybody in Ducati Corse I send a warm embrace to a rider that will remain forever in our hearts. My compliments also go to Davide (Tardozzi), to Ernesto (Marinelli) and to the whole team for the great job they’ve done.”

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Haga (Yamaha); 2. Nieto (Suzuki); 3. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox); Race 2 -  1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox); 2. Haga (Yamaha); 3. Corser (Yamaha)
CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 410; 2. Haga (Yamaha) 325; 3. Corser (Yamaha) 316; 4. Neukirchner (Suzuki) 298; 5. Checa (Honda) 284; 6. Biaggi (Ducati) 235…. 8. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 203; 26.Canepa (Ducati Xerox) 3. Constructors – Ducati 520; Yamaha 461; Suzuki 384; Honda 379; Kawasaki 82

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Team Ducati Corse Press Interview with Troy Bayliss, October 2008:

Yes, a dream result for sure. For several reasons…. for the fact that it’s my third title, in what is my last year of Superbike racing; for the fact that I’ve now won on three different generations of Ducati Superbike; and for the fact that I win for the third time as part of such a fantastic Italian team. We came so close to tying it up at the last round at Vallelunga but it wasn’t to be, it’s been a rollercoaster ride emotionally speaking and so I’m extremely happy and relieved to have done it this weekend!

The 1098 has been a fantastic bike, we’ve had to work a little on the settings throughout the year, but I can say that the bike and I have got on great together. Sitting on the bike, it’s not at all like the 999, but much closer to the older style Ducati bikes, more similar to the 996 or the 998.

It may have looked easy but I’ve been up and down in the points, going up to 78 points and then back down to 28, then up to over a hundred, and back down after Vallelunga. So no, it wasn’t easy, it’s been a lot of hard work and although I’ve had some great races, I also had some little dramas. It just comes down to the fact that other riders have had more dramas than me I guess!

High points? Well the double win in Phillip Island , then the double win in Brno was very special too as I hadn’t won there before, and of course to wrap up the championship here in Italy is a real highlight!

The low point was Salt Lake City. It was a long way to go to not get the results! I was also frustrated and annoyed with myself for what happened at Vallelunga, I came so close!

At the start of the year I was concerned about Max Biaggi, and also Neukirchner, Nori and Carlos but then as the year’s gone on, I’ve just got on with the racing and things have gone our way!

There are so many great memories that I could never single out just one. I’ve been with Ducati for 10 years and it’s been a career full of memorable moments. Winning each of the world titles that I’ve taken with the team were of course special times. Then the GP race in Valencia in 2006; the first time I won a British Superbike race; taking a British title in 1999; the first time I won a World Superbike race in 2000 in Hockenheim… The list is pretty endless really!

I don’t know really, as it’s a very strange feeling to win, knowing that you’ll be finished with the Superbike racing very soon. I have very mixed-up emotions right now.

To the fans, who only see the racer Troy, and maybe don’t know me personally, I take this opportunity to say a huge thank-you for all their support over the years. Most of the support has come my way thanks to Ducati, from Ducatisti who love the bikes and the heritage, and who have become my fans as a result. I thank you all for the memories.

Well the only certainty for now is that I’ll be moving back to Australia in the next few months, taking the family back home. Having spent the last 10 years here in Europe and in Monaco, Kim and I have decided that the time is right to take the children home. Apart from that, there are no concrete plans for the moment. I will stay involved with Ducati in some way, after our long history it would be impossible to cut myself off from racing completely. So I’m sure I’ll be showing up at some Ducati events and keeping in touch with everyone. I’m sure I won’t disappear altogether!

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TROY's 2008

Saturday 23rd February: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) stormed to victory on board the Ducati 1098 F08 in the opening race of the 2008 World Superbike Championship, a spectacular result for the team and a significant maiden win for the new F08 machine. Bayliss then narrowly missed out on a podium place in race 2, finishing fourth just ahead of team-mate Fabrizio.

Sunday 2nd March: an incredible day for the Ducati Xerox Team with both Bayliss and Fabrizio performing impeccably. Twice world-champion Troy Bayliss took the double win in front of his home crowd, in what is to be his last ever Superbike race day at Phillip Island. Despite the elbow injury he sustained the day before in a high-side, Bayliss rode the two races perfectly, leading the field from the start in Race 1 (restart) and leading for most of Race 2 after rival Corser crashed out in the early stages.

Sunday 6th April: Australian Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) increased his championship lead in Valencia after taking an impressive second place finish in Race 1 and then repeating that performance again in Race 2. Towards the end of Race 1 Troy was lying in fourth place but due to the unexpected crash between frontrunners Neukirchner and Checa in the very final stages, he took a very useful 20 points. In Race 2, a strong start put Bayliss immediately ahead of the pack but a hard battle against Haga ensued and ultimately Bayliss relinquished the win to the Yamaha rider.

Sunday 27th April: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) celebrated victory once more as he climbed on to the top step of the podium in both of the races at Assen. Troy and his Ducati 1098 F08 dominated both races, although the Australian rider faced something of a battle against Yamaha rider Haga in the second outing this afternoon. A perfect finish to a weekend in which Bayliss was consistently strong, and these wins, his fourth and fifth of the eight races held so far this season, meant that his lead in the riders championship was extended to 70 points.

Sunday 11th May 2008: As Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) himself predicted, the Monza races consisted of hard fought battles. Despite a DNF in Race 2, a third place finish in Race 1 means that Troy and his Ducati 1098 F08 have nonetheless further increased the championship lead.

Sunday 1st June: Unfortunately the races at the Miller circuit were not so lucky for Ducati Xerox rider Troy Bayliss who, having made a blistering start to both Race 1 and Race 2, came off during lap four of the first race and completed Race 2 in 22nd position after a technical problem. Troy Bayliss still leads the championship however with 194 points.

Sunday 15th June: unstable weather conditions made for two interesting races. Race 1 was restarted due to rain, but then subsequently declared a dry race, and saw Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) caught up in a fantastic battle for victory against Yamaha rider Noriyuki Haga. Haga eventually took the win with Bayliss coming home in second. In Race 2, Bayliss again made a strong start and fought hard to take eventual fourth place. Troy Bayliss further increased his championship lead, now holding 227 points.

Sunday 29th June: Both Race 1 and 2 at the Misano World Circuit saw a hard fought battle between several of the Ducatis, both factory and privateer, the two factory Yamahas and the Suzuki of Neukirchner, with Ducati Xerox factory rider Troy Bayliss eventually taking two third places on the podium.

Sunday 20th July: a thrilling race day for the Ducati Xerox Team as Troy Bayliss stormed to victory, to take his maiden win at this particular track in Race 1 before following it up with another win in Race 2. Troy Bayliss' achievements here at Brno have rewarded him with 50 additional championship championship points, and so he now leads with 309 points.

Sunday 3rd August 2008: despite typically unsettled British weather Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) took a second place finish in Race 1 to increase his overall points advantage after ten rounds of the World Superbike championship. A restarted Race 1, due to the onset of rain, was dominated by Bayliss from the start. Although Troy was able to hold off a battling Kiyonari for the majority of the race, the young Japanese rider finally passed Troy who, suffering by that stage from rear tyre wear, had to settle for second place. In Race 2, Troy again made a great start, leading for the first few laps before the same tyre issue saw him fall gradually back through the field to take an eventual eleventh place finish.

Sunday 7th September 2008: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) and his Ducati F08 achieved a fantastic victory at Donington Park, one of the only international tracks at which he had until now failed to take a Superbike win. Race 1 was red flagged after just nine laps, then restarted, and Troy battled it out at the front against wild-card Suzuki rider Sykes to ultimately reign supreme. Race 2 was declared wet just minutes from the start, with heavy rain that then eased off as the race progressed. Bayliss was once more up front from the start, this time up against Kiyo and wild-card Crutchlow, but then the Australian legend lost the rear and came off in lap 11, unable to continue the race due to damage to his F08. Bayliss has increased his championship lead by a significant number of points, holding 359 points and an 101 point advantage over second-placed rider Corser.

Sunday 21st September 2008: In Race 1, and despite a strong start, Troy Bayliss held the lead for just a lap before the chasing pack started to create problems for the Australian, overtaking him one by one. The 24-lap race was characterised by a battle at the front between Haga, Biaggi and Corser, all strong riders at this track last year too. An anomaly with his tyres meant that Troy and his Ducati F08 were unable to catch the leaders and he was forced to settle for eventual sixth position. Bayliss needed to finish Race 2 just five points ahead of Corser to take the title. He made another flying start and held the lead for the first five laps, before Haga passed him for the first time. Bayliss and Haga then battled it out for first place while a hungry Fabrizio chased Corser in a battle for third. Fabrizio was aware of the situation and knew that, in taking Corser, he would not only finish on the podium but also help his team-mate Bayliss to take the title. On the final lap Fabrizio achieved his goal, only to see team-mate Bayliss crash out a couple of corners later. Bayliss picked up his bike to complete the race in sixteenth position.

Sunday 5th October 2008: Today Troy started from third position on the grid and knew that to finish Race 1 with an advantage of at least 75 points over Corser, Haga and Neukirchner would be enough to take the title. He therefore rode an intelligent race, leaving Haga to lead while he concentrated on doing just enough to secure the necessary result. He remained in second place for the first nineteen laps before relinquishing that position to Nieto and eventually settling for third place on the podium. Meanwhile team-mate Michel Fabrizio rode a great race, moving up from ninth to third place, only to unfortunately crash out, unhurt, on the nineteenth lap.

In Race 2 Troy was able to ride with less pressure and thus raced for the win. Caught up in a great battle with an old adversary, Haga, Troy proved himself to be the most determined, crossing the line ahead of the Yamaha rider. Unfortunately Fabrizio suffered from technical problems that prevented him from fighting up front, eventually concluding the race in fourteenth place.

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) today took part in his last ever Superbike races at the all-new and exciting Autodromo Internacional do Algarve race track in Portugal, triumphing in both Race 1 and Race 2 on board his Ducati 1098 F08, taking in dominant style the 51st and 52nd Superbike wins of his career, his third double win of the 2008 season.

Troy Bayliss, three times World Superbike champion in 2001, 2006 and 2008 today retires from Superbike racing and celebrates a career that has seen him tally up a total of 52 race wins and 26 poles over nine seasons, 11 of the race wins achieved during this 2008 season. He concludes the 2008 season with an 118-point advantage over second-placed rider and fellow Australian Troy Corser 9Yamaha Italia). Ducati, who took the manufacturers title at the last round in Magny-Cours, finish with an 83 point advantage over second-placed constructor Yamaha.

In Race 1 Troy got a flying start and led from the start. The chasing pack fought it out behind him, allowing Troy to build up a significant lead and, although tyre wear was beginning to affect his performance in the final stages, no-one could catch the Australian champion and he thus took a comfortable win. Unfortunately Ducati Xerox team-mate Michel Fabrizio came off in the opening lap, ending his race before it ever really began.

Race 2 again saw Troy get off to a blistering start and, with his bike set-up in such a way that he later declared it to be the best bike he has ever ridden, he could do no wrong, winning his 11th race of the 2008 season, the 52nd win of his Superbike career. The success of Race 2 tasted all the sweeter due to team-mate Michel Fabrizio's second place finish, his seventh podium place of the season. Michel quickly progressed from tenth to third position in the early stages and moved up by default to second position when Xaus fell during lap 9.



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Troy's Story

The story of 3-Time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss narrated by Ewan McGreggor

Ducati Racing History

Ducati wins three 125 Grands Prix (with Alberto Gandossi and Bruno Spaggiari) and takes second place in the 125 riders’ and manufacturers’ World Championships. Spaggiari wins the Italian Seniors title with the 125 Desmo.

Mike Hailwood scores Ducati’s first 250 World Championship points, riding an inline 250 desmo twin.

Taglioni designs inline non-desmo four-cylinder 125, but the bike is never raced.

Ducati’s first premier-class GP racer and first V-twin takes to the tracks. Briton Phil Read scores the desmo 500’s first World Championship points at Monza.

Ducati scores its most famous early success when Paul Smart rides a GT750 desmo V-twin to victory in the Imola 200.

Ducati 860 desmo V-twin wins the Barcelona 24 Hours with riders Benjamin Grau and Salvador Canellas.

Former World Champion Mike Hailwood wins fairytale Isle of Man TT comeback aboard a 900SS F1 special, securing Ducati’s first World Championship crown. In the States, future World Champion Freddie Spencer rides a 900SS to third in the Daytona 200.

Ducati scores the first of four successive Formula 2 World Championships, with Tony Rutter riding a 600cc Pantah TT2.

Former 500 World Champion Marco Lucchinelli scores the first success of Ducati’s new era, riding the all-new eight-valve V-twin 851 to victory in the Daytona Battle of the Twins. This bike, with its engine created by Massimo Bordi, is the forerunner of the legendary 916.

Lucchinelli and the 851 win the first round of the inaugural World Superbike Championship at Donington Park, finishing the season fifth overall.

American Doug Polen continues the factory’s domination of the series with victory in the ’91 and ’92 championships on the Ducati 888. The following year Polen scores Ducati’s first US Superbike title success.

Ducati unleash the 916 that wins the Superbike title at its first attempt, with Carl Fogarty on board. The Briton repeats the feat the following year, with Troy Corser securing Ducati a title hat-trick in 1996.

Fogarty takes his third Superbike title aboard the 996 and backs it up with a fourth in 1999.

Australian Troy Bayliss secures the marque’s ninth World Superbike
riders’ crown with the 996 Testastretta. In May Ducati announces
its decision to participate in the new MotoGP World Championship.

Bayliss leads the World Superbike Championship, finishing the year a close second, before starting testing of the Desmosedici alongside new team-mate Loris Capirossi. The V4 makes its public debut at November’s season-ending Valencia MotoGP event, and breaks its first lap record the following month at Jerez, Spain.

Capirossi and Bayliss have a sensational debut season with the Desmosedici, the Italian finishing on the podium in the bike’s first race and following this up with an extraordinary win in the Catalunya GP. Ducati finish second overall while Loris and Troy finish fourth and sixth respectively. Neil Hodgson dominates the World Superbike season with the all-new 999 to take the riders’ title and, together with Ruben Xaus, clinch Ducati’s twelfth manufacturers’ crown.

24 year-old James Toseland becomes the youngest ever World Superbike champion as he powers the 999 to its second successive title win. Team-mate Régis Laconi finishes runner-up to ensure Ducati’s thirteenth manufacturers’ title. Youngster Lorenzo Lanzi campaigns a 749 in Ducati’s return to World Supersport, finishing a creditable fifth overall. In MotoGP both Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss succeeded in finishing the season on a high note, a difficult season which saw both Ducati riders finish on the podium, thus demonstrating the worth of the Desmosedici MotoGP project.

In MotoGP Loris Capirossi campaigned the Desmosedici for a third successive year, the Italian scoring two spectacular back-to-back wins in the latter half of the season. His team-mate was Spaniard Carlos Checa, who also picked up two podiums towards the end of the year. James Toseland and Régis Laconi both won races in the World Superbike Championship, but were unable to challenge for the title, while a new star was born when Italian Lorenzo Lanzi took a third factory 999 bike to two wins in the final races of the season. Ducati Corse were also officially involved on a third front, the Italian manufacturer making a major effort to win the AMA Superbike title in America with Neil Hodgson and Eric Bostrom.

Capirossi again spearheaded the Ducati attack in one of the most exciting MotoGP championships in history. The Italian won three races and took eight podiums to finish his best season with the Italian manufacturer third overall. It was a difficult year for team-mate Sete Gibernau, who sparked off a spectacular crash at the start of the GP Catalunya which conditioned his entire season. Troy Bayliss returned to World Superbike for Ducati Corse and capped a superb year by winning a second world title, five years on from his 2001 victory. The 37-year-old Australian then wrote another remarkable chapter in Ducati’s history when he won the final round of the MotoGP championship at Valencia after being called in to replace Gibernau.

2007 was an historic season in which Casey Stoner snatched the title in a runaway victory for Ducati in the MotoGP Championship. The 21-year-old Australian, in his first season with Ducati, dominated the championship from the start, winning ten of the eighteen races and achieving fourteen podium finishes to conclude the season an incredible 125 points ahead of his closest rival, Dani Pedrosa. In a hard-fought season, team-mate Loris Capirossi won one race and took three further podiums to finish seventh overall. Team Ducati Xerox riders Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi competed in the World Superbike championship to finish the season fourth and seventh respectively, with a string of podium places for Bayliss. There was also victory for Ducati Xerox Junior Team rider Niccolò Canepa who with six podium finishes took the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup title.

In his final year before retiring from the World Superbike scene, Troy Bayliss dominated the championship, powering his Ducati 1098 F08 to victory nine times throughout the scene, to claim his third world title, his second with the Ducati Xerox Team. Taking the title this year aboard the Ducati 1098 F08, Bayliss has now won three world championships on three different evolutions of Ducati Superbike.

Riders Troy Bayliss (# 21)
Michel Fabrizio (# 84)

Project Manager Davide Tardozzi
Technical Director Ernesto Marinelli
Press Officer Heather Watson
Hospitality Manager Mauro Grassilli

Bayliss Crew
Track Engineer Ernesto Marinelli
Electronics Engineer Alessandra Balducci
Chief Mechanic Alberto Colombo
Mechanics Roberto Banci
Fabrizio Longhini
Stefano Favalini
Assistant Mechanic Moris Grassi

Fabrizio Crew
Track Engineer Massimo Bartolini
Electronics Engineer Luca Minelli
Chief Mechanic Marco Ventura
Mechanics Andrea Neri
Claudio Montanari
Davide Gibertini
Assistant Mechanic Leonardo Gena

Chief Engine Builder Karl Putz
Engine Builder Francisco Prieto
Spare Parts Lindo Sbaraglia
Truck Driver Giuseppe Morielli
Team Coordinator Claudia Gualandi

Öhlins Technician Byron Draper
Pirelli Technician Giorgio Barbier
Brembo Technician Franco Zonnedda