This weekend Troy Bayliss gets to race in South America for the first time in his career. But like any pro-racer, the Ducati man will be focused on achieving the best possible result at Rio, rather than enjoying the sights of the renowned carnival city.

"I've never even seen South America before, but that's not what I'll be thinking about," confirmed the former World Superbike champ who is currently the top-placed MotoGP rookie of 2003 with three podiums and one front-row start to his credit. "All I'll be thinking about is the race because all I want to do is win races. Rio is just another racetrack to me - in one way they're all the same - you've just got to get around them as quick as you can.

"So far this year we've gone better at some places than others, because we're still learning. It's hard work, we've had some good and some not-so-good results, and I'm hoping that all our hard work is really going to pay off next year when we'll be able to use all the knowledge we've learned this season," added the Aussie.

In fact Bayliss does have something else to think about other than racing - wife Kim is due to give birth to their third child just a few weeks after the Rio GP. The couple are hoping that the birth will take place before Bayliss heads to Motegi in Japan at the start of October.



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