A subtle “see you soon” and the photo above from Troy Bayliss set the news on fire that the Australian will continue to ride for the Racing – Ducati Superbike team, confirmed for the round in Thailand, and with rumors of Aragon and Assen.

The news continues the fanfare from Phillip Island — where Bayliss asked Ducati Corse to let him replace the injured Davide Giugliano, who crashed earlier in the week at the pre-season test, fracturing two vertebrae — giving Aussie fans a special treat at Bayliss’ home round, not mention a renewed buzz for the WSBK series in general, around the world.

While Ducati had perhaps more competitive riders to choose from, such as Michele Pirro and Xavi Forés, in continuing to replace Giugliano, the Italian racing squad chose the fan-favorite again in the 45-year-old retired World Champion.

It probably helps too that World Superbike engine rules play to Ducati’s favor if Bayliss continues to replace the injured Davide Giugliano, but imagine the fanfare with the previous story, and this one, is the result Ducati Corse was hoping to achieve.

“I’m really excited to be able to ride the Panigale R again and I thank the Racing – Ducati Superbike Team for the opportunity,” stated Bayliss. “It will be great to work with the team again.”

“Compared to the Phillip Island round, organised pretty much at the last minute, this time I’ve had the chance to train and prepare myself properly. I’m really motivated and feeling ready; I can’t wait to get back on track!”

As he made mention to, Bayliss did not have the best of results in his WSBK return, finishing 13th in Race 1 and 16th in Race 2, but the Aussie did show his ability to fight in the Top 10.

Tire management will be key for Bayliss going forward, though at the next few rounds he should be on a more even playing field with the competition, as he comes up to speed on the WSBK-spec Panigale, and the other riders don’t have the advantage of just testing at the race venue days before the race.

Regardless of results, we are pretty sure World Superbike fans around the world will be excited by the prospect of Bayliss racing another round (or three).

There is even some talk of a Misano wild card, which would see the three-time Ducati WSBK champion face-off with two-time Aprilia WSBK Champion Max Biaggi.

Source: Ducati Corse

  • Ian Miles

    Odd then that at the time of writing there was no ofiical comment and just an obtuse comment from TB. Jumping the gun again A&R? “Source: Troy Bayliss (Facebook)” Reminds me of the oh so accidental Omaha Ducati phot infront of the Ducati 1299 photo. Garnering publicity any which way. Having said that he certainly deserves the ride.

  • God, imagine if press releases were the only way we could find out about such things…

    BTW, that was Portland’s Moto Corsa, not Omaha Ducati, taking a photo in front of the 1299 banner – a photo I believe was taken by a Ducati employee…

  • HOORAY!!!

  • Spurdog1

    Good on ya Troy. Show ’em that old dogs can still do the tricks!

  • MrDefo

    I don’t understand your comparison. Ducati DID come out with a 1299, so it was accurate reporting on A&R’s part.

  • Ian Miles

    Well how many US readers are desperate for the info at 3am? presumably the quote came from…..? Correct it was Moto Corso, my mistake but to argue that the photo might have been taken by a Ducati employee at the Ducati dealer info meeting before even being confirmed in the press and said employee then transferring the photo to Ducati Corse is well beyond the realms of reality. It is however well within the realms of said Ducati dealership gaining publicity by accidentally but on purpose breaking the story for their own benefit. I guess Fox provide the bench mark for journos in the US though. Anyway life is too short. The good news is bayliss will be racing for the next three rounds and given his pace at PI, top ten finishes might be possible.

  • Ian Miles

    At a time when Ducati had not even confimed the 1299 so it was just cheap publicity at Ducati’s expense via an accidental photo. Nothing matters and Fox leads the way for confidentiality and integrity……

  • So we shouldn’t break stories when they happen?

    …like how A&R broke the story on the 1299, way before the photo you’re talking about ever occurred?

  • Ian Miles

    Don’t get me wrong I really like A&R and my comment is perhaps misguided in that A&R are a bad example to choose. But the media’s current fetish occupation is to get there first, get the scoop, no matter what, get the inside track, get any story whilst passing any responsibility for erronious behaviour, incorrect facts or dodgey sources onto others. The best media is the media that gets it right, in detail and with interest. That 1299 photo was just a good example of Moto Corsa making out it had accidentally taken the photo of their guys, yet plastered it about as much as possible as if they were taking credit for the 1299 with their name attached. This and not your article is how I found out about the 1299 not from you. Presumably this was the dealer meeting which are held in strict confidence. Yet they felt it was fine to breach the confidence of Ducati as did you and what info did the story really have? But hey Ducati could litigate. Well they could but companies would need to employ hundreds just to keep up. Even I knew about the WSBK rule changes so what did the article tell us jo public, nothing. A good example currently is the frenzy about the Geneva Carshow. Scoop photos, journos falling over themselves to be first, get the renderings, first there, best angles, etc. yet the best coverage by far was here: Simple, informed, knowledgeable and most of all honest. Another and perhaps better example is the speculation concerning the Land Rover Defender replacement. Every month a low circulation mag knocks up a rendering and puts it out with the single intention of attracting attention, knowing well enough they have no idea what the design will be because it has not been signed off yet and JLR have made no details known. Yet you all just keep on doing it. That’s all. Integrity. However A&R has great photography, some great articles and often really good factual analysis, something lacking elsewhere!

  • How ’bout a Colin Edwards wild card ride for a REAL trip down memory lane? Best race I ever saw was the 2002 WSB season finale battle between Bayliss and Edwards

  • Jim Race

    Strangely enough Ian, there are plenty of people in the US that appreciate a roadracing news fix at 3am. We’re not all NASCAR muppets.

  • Jim Race

    Colin is doing TV commentator duties this year. That *may* be more entertaining than anything.

  • Jack Meoph

    F*&% YEAH!

  • Adrian

    I’m not sure what you’re complaining about…perhaps you should send an angry email to Bill O’Reilly.

  • Just so I understand what you’re saying, I should refrain from writing an article when a trusted source gives me information on a new motorcycle model?

  • Bruce Almighty

    See Jack, now here is an Aussie racer returning from retirement that we can agree is good news. Common ground found.

  • Piglet2010

    You spelled “NA$CAR” wrong.

  • Chad

    I don’t like this “Ian Miles” guy ;p

  • Jack Meoph

    You spelled NA$CR@P wrong.

  • Piglet2010

    I was trying to be nice.

  • Piglet2010

    “Well how many US readers are desperate for the info at 3am?”

    Yeah, that is about 45 minutes before I get up on a European MotoGP weekend (Moto3 race typically starts at 4AM Central time).

  • MrDefo

    Amen. Pot of coffee and a bathrobe, but I’m watching the race as it comes on because I don’t want to avoid my favorite motorcycle sites for a day.

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  • Craig

    Sorry i am late to the party:

    I se a number of comments from you Ian that seem to show some dissatisfaction with A&R. You do post elsewhere without any seeming incident or need to ‘have a go’ at the editor. Just an observation.

    Tou your comments and the ones that they have spawned.

    Odd then that at the time of writing there was no ofiical comment and
    just an obtuse comment from TB. Jumping the gun again A&R?


    Well how many US readers are desperate for the info at 3am?

    Now I’ll go ahead and assume that the original article has changed some since you first saw it and I have but i was following this story from the UK in an ‘as it happened’ kind of way. I knew it was coming. I did my best to hint so in comments at a number of places including here. I explained in a thread here why it would make sense for troy to become a replacement rider over a wildcard as this changed the rules he was under meaning Giugliano got a new engine back into his own allocation. But there is only so much of a flag I can wave these days. I’ve been in enough trouble.

    But I broke it myself in the forum comments of another place frequented by Americans, as it happened. That brings me on to your second comment.

    I’d like readers to know that what I am about to say is in no way intended to be insulting to them, their country or their culture. It’s just my words.

    This is the kind of thing that actually annoys me on the internet. many Americans fail to grasp the concept of the global nature of the internet. The continental US makes up just over 4% of the world’s land mass, it’s people 4% of the world’s population.

    Jensen may be an American publishing a site hosted on a US content delivery service and for some jurisdictional matters that is pertinent, but this is not an American site. it is on the internet. Just because it’s on your screen in bumhump Arizona or wherever does not meant that it’s American. it’s on the internet, which is global and accessible to everyone, even the Chinese if they are savvy enough.

    The readership at A&R comes from all over the world. I can see that often when reading the comments. I myself am from the UK. I could and do comment elsewhere but I like this place. I’ve already read the articles at Motomatters but Jensen brings a lot of other stuff that interests me. I choose to comment here because there is still a lack of enthusiasm for bike racing in the US. OK, that’s probably horrified a few of you and you want to argue your knowledge and loyalty. but not everyone is you. The knowledge here ranges from naive enthusiasm, to expert knowledge and on to cluelessness. I like to engage here as I learn as other people learn. You are a tough crowd when it comes to racing however and there was almost zero interest in the Dakar from here. It will change because unlike you Mr Miles there are people who want their racing news as it happens wherever they live.

    Jensen has an obligation to post news as he learns of it. if he is awake then he should post it or he looks like a follower. It surprises me how much info he can actually get out on time given that much of what he writes about happens in Europe when he should be in bed. The lad needs an overseas intern ;)

    Regarding the 1299 leak:

    Reminds me of the oh so accidental Omaha Ducati phot infront of the Ducati 1299 photo. Garnering publicity any which way.

    The annual dealer meeting is held in Italy each year. It’s not feasible for the US dealers to attend so they are allowed their own, organised by Ducati USA. There dealer figures are announced, backs are slapped, awards are given. It’s typical corporate entertainment stiff.

    MotoCorsa won a prize. They had a photo taken on stage with their award and then posted that photo on their facebook page where it remained for some time. Whoever took the photo does not matter, it was taken and given to the team.

    It was only when Ducati ( Italy) noticed the buzz around the growing 1299 stories that it was realised what happened and the picture was removed.

    Now MotoCorsa publish a lot of pictures on their facebook, including mine, and their fans like it and comment. This was one of those occasions where they made a mistake. I’m not even sure they had left the party before it went up.

    Ducati were furious. The 1299 was heavily under wraps to the media. An investigation happened. It was a mistake if it had been anything else then I can’t stress this enough: MotoCorsa would no longer have the rights to sell Ducati product. It was that serious at the time. If anything about that had been deemed a publicity stunt then Ducati were prepared to pull the plug on the dealer.

    The outcome of this is that Ducati USA will now be forced to wait to have their dealer party later than Europe have theirs which had not been the case previously and it will probably be after EICMA so that Ducati can release their own models and no more mistakes happen.

    ( Clarification: Dealers are like franchises. Nobody works for Ducati, they purchase product from Ducati under license and as part of that license they are allowed to resell at a fixed price ( they can discount later, on models that have been out a while ))

    I myself was confused. I knew there was a new Panigale R coming out. I knew it had two ring pistons as seen in the Panigale and i knew it was coming out to homologate those changes. I also knew that it was an 1199 and would be nothing else.

    I had heard rumours about a 1299 but knew little. I just knew that there was not going to be a 1299R as widely reported and I did my best to say that without saying it.

    That 1299 photo was just a good example of Moto Corsa making out it had
    accidentally taken the photo of their guys, yet plastered it about as
    much as possible as if they were taking credit for the 1299 with their
    name attached

    This one offends me. It’s a blatant untruth and the guys at MotoCorsa don’t deserve that.

    They posted the image on their own Facebook page. They were happy to have won a top award. That was their involvment. The media got hold of it and subsequently “plastered it about” because they thought they had a scoop. The bombarded Ducati with requests for comment about a bike that had been well hidden.

    Coupe of other things. The annual Dealer meeting is not ‘held in confidence’ it’s a series of dealer update meetings leading to a party. Proprietary knowledge remains just that whatever the circumstances.

    One last thing: It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission. – Grace Hopper