Former World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss went to Rio three weeks ago as a father of two children, this week he comes to Motegi as a father of three! Wife Kim gave birth to the couple's third child - a baby boy named Oliver - in Monaco during the Rio GP weekend.

The current series of races is thus turning out to be a rollercoaster ride for the tough Aussie who is currently the highest-placed MotoGP rookie, holding fifth place in the points chase.

"It was great to get home from Rio and see Ollie for the first time!" beamed proud father Bayliss, who shed a tear or two in the Rio pits when he heard about the birth from Kim immediately after the race. "It was a shame I couldn't be there, but I don't think they would've rescheduled the race to make things easier for us!

"This is a busy time for everyone in MotoGP, but I'm looking forward to the three races in a row - you can get your head down and keep going, plus you get a lot of races done in a short time," he added. "Motegi is another new track for me, but that shouldn't be a problem, I've got used to learning new places this year. To me, all tracks are pretty much the same, you've just got to get round them as quick as you can. Most places are easy to learn, but it's squeezing the last little bit out of them that really counts."