Undeterred after being knocked out at Philip Island, Troy Bayliss returns to action at Valencia this weekend for the final chapter in his eventful MotoGP rookie season.

The former World Superbike champion had much to learn in 2003 - a new kind of motorcycle, plus many new racetracks... and racing the very best the two-wheeled world has to offer. Despite those obstacles, 'Baylisstic' has consistently impressed with his speed, determination and aggression - an approach he won't be changing just because of his fall last time out.

"We were up for a good result at Phillip Island, but that's racing, you've got to take the knocks," said Bayliss.

Of the fifteen rounds so far, Troy has scored two front-row starts and three podium finishes, coming within a second of taking victory at August's Czech GP.

"You always want a good result in the last race to take you into the winter with a smile on your face, so that's what we'll be going for this weekend.

"I know Valencia pretty well, so we'll be working hard to use everything we've learned so far this year," added the WSBK Valencia winner. "It's been an up and down season for us - I've been up the front a few times but I've not won a race, and that's the only reason I go racing - to win."



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