WSBK » Bayliss to test Ducati 1199 Panigale

Former World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss will have a day riding the Ducati 1199 Panigale during a test at Mugello.

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April 27, 2014 1:48 PM

"didn't he do most of the testing on the bike anyway when ducati first designed it and to be honest he didn't do a great job or they wouldn't still be having problems"

Sorry poor analysis there the problem is the tyres and the competition have vastly imporved even during the time Troy was testing. The electronics have also almost nullified Ducatis old tyre wear advantage.

Troys a natural when it comes to riding a Ducati and his feedback is valuable otherwise he wouldn't have been so good for so long.

If he chose toTroy still has the talent and skill to run at the front. But like another Aussie he rides when he wants to ride.


April 28, 2014 5:38 AM

re: "didn't he do most of the testing on the bike anyway when ducati first designed it and to be honest he didn't do a great job"

no he did a great job, but they knew full well the benefits of the ally front bone were always going to be for manufacturing, not for racing. for racing, the plan was to go all in for grandprix with 4 (count 'em four) D16's 'cept it hasn't worked out.


April 28, 2014 11:23 AM

No doubt he's still got some fast laps in him, good for testing, but maybe not for racing. The skills and knowledge don't tend to disappear, but reflexes and eyesight do decline at some point. His battles with CE were epic a decade ago...

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