Pad­dock Gos­sip

Classic Racer - - WHAT'S INSIDE -

Ev­ery­thing that's worth know­ing from the var­i­ous re­cesses and whis­pered con­ver­sa­tions in the pad­dock. Cour­tesy of the world's most ex­pe­ri­enced race re­porter and in­side-man.

World Su­per­bike leg­end Troy Bayliss is to make the jour­ney from his home­land, Aus­tralia, to be the guest of hon­our at the Carol Nash Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Show at Stafford over the week­end of April 22-23. Al­though a late starter to the sport by to­day’s stan­dards, Troy quickly showed his po­ten­tial by win­ning his first race aboard a Kawasaki ZXR750. Con­test­ing the Aus­tralian Su­pers­port and Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onships troy first came to be no­ticed dur­ing a wild­card ride in the 1997 Aus­tralian 250 Grand Prix rid­ing for a Dutch Suzuki team, when he fin­ished a great sixth af­ter hav­ing held third place in the race. As a result Bayliss joined GSE Du­cati to race in BSB in the UK. In a sea­son be­set by crashes and me­chan­i­cal break­downs, his first win came at the tough­est track in the calendar, Cad­well Park. The fol­low­ing year he won the se­ries for the team. Bayliss started the fol­low­ing sea­son by rac­ing in the USA Su­per­bike se­ries but he was called up by the of­fi­cial Du­cati team to re­place the in­jured Carl Fog­a­rty who, iron­i­cally, is the only rider in WSB his­tory to amass more wins than Bayliss. From 2001 Bayliss was a full-time mem­ber of the fac­tory Du­cati team and won the cham­pi­onship for them. He just failed to win the ti­tle, beaten by Colin Ed­wards the fol­low­ing year. Af­ter an un­suc­cess­ful pe­riod in Mo­togp Bayliss re­turned to WSB in 2006 and the Du­cati team, with whom he took the ti­tle once again, and in 2008 he clinched the ti­tle once more. Troy will be on stage on both days at the show, shar­ing sto­ries of his glit­ter­ing ca­reer, and also in the Clas­sic Racer Grand Prix Pad­dock, were it is hoped there will be some noisy Du­cati race bikes to keep him com­pany.

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