(born 30 March 1969 in Brisbane, QLD
) is a retired Australian motorcycle
racer. During his career Bayliss won the Superbike World Championship
three times, as well as the British Superbike Championship
and a MotoGP
race, all with Ducati
. He finished his career after winning the 2008 World Superbike title. His 52 World Superbike victories are second only to Carl Fogarty
Bayliss showed much promise as a youngster in the sport, however when he entered his teens his enthusiasm for racing waned. He commenced an apprenticeship as a spraypainter at Joe Berry's and commuted to work by bicycle. On this daily commute Bayliss would pass a motorcycle dealership and finally was tempted enough to obtain a loan to purchase a Kawasaki ZXR 750
on which he commenced racing. He won the first race he entered on the bike and performed well in subsequent events. As a result of this early success and despite the financial risk he was taking, Bayliss decided to compete in the Australian Supersport championship, Age 26.
After finishing as runner-up in the Australian supersport championship in 1995, Bayliss moved up to the Australian Superbikes series the next year, finishing third that year and second in 1997.
His big break came that year - he was entered as a wildcard
for the 1997 Australian 250 Grand Prix riding for the Dutch Arie Molenaar Suzuki
team. On a significantly underpowered machine compared to his competitors, Troy finished in sixth... Read More