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Rossi says no to Superbike for now

Valentino Rossi has not ruled out the possibility of making a guest appearance in the World Superbike Championship, but admitted it would not happen this year.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that Rossi would ride a Yamaha Italia-prepared R1 during the Qatari round of the World Superbike Championship, possibly against now retired reigning champion Troy Bayliss.

The rumours were sparked after Rossi was quoted as saying the racing in World Superbikes is superior to that of MotoGP.

However, the much anticipated 'showdown' now looks unlikely to go ahead after Rossi, speaking at the launch of the 2009 Yamaha M1, admitted he must concentrate on the defence of his MotoGP title.

Even so, Rossi is still targeting an outing aboard a Superbike at some stage, before hinting that it is still his intention to go head-to-head with Bayliss.

“It was a fun idea, and I would have been very happy,” he said. “I would still like to do a race in superbike and I would like to battle with Bayliss, because he is the world champion!

“Unfortunately it is a bit of a difficult period and I didn't have the chance, but I hope that in the future, maybe next year, we can do it.”

Ducati boss Davide Tardozzi had earlier told Crash.net that they weren't prepared to enter a third bike for Bayliss, regardless of Rossi's intentions.


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RXRacer - Unregistered

February 02, 2009 3:19 PM

"Maybe the fact that Bayliss wanted 1mil to take part in a 1 race showdown might also have something to do with it? " You've taken that just a little out of context. He gave up racing to be with his familty, and the 'million dollar' comment came from the fact that he would need to be offered that much to go back on that. It wasn't a serious request. He was just making a point. And secondly, Troy no longer trains as a racer. Fitness in world class racing is critical, so the odds would be skewed even before they stepped onto the bike. Rossi knows this, and I dont get why he so wants to race him. Almost seems like insecurity. Or an enormous ego.

Baylisstic - Unregistered

February 03, 2009 1:50 AM

"Twoodle" Maybe you should go and check Toselands wins to races ratio and then go check what Bays is before you start talking about records!! I like tose but the only reason he won in 2007 was the fact that bayliss had to ride that out of date and underpowered 999 far beyond its limits!! Furthermore bayliss would have won the GP title in either 05 or 06 if ducati hadnt screwed him in 04!!...



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