(Information referenced from Speedcafe article by Daniel Herrero)
“Troy Bayliss commits to 2019 ASBK season” was the headline in Speedcafe on Friday 9th November 2018.
Speedcafe’s, Daniel Herrero, reported that, “Troy Bayliss has committed to racing in next year’s Australian Superbike Championship after his popular comeback in 2018”; that “The three-time Superbike World Champion returned to racing after nine years in retirement, interrupted only by a two-round spell as an injury replacement rider in 2015”; and that “He won two races on his way to third in the ASBK standings this year, only three points behind second-placed Wayne Maxwell.”
Daniel Herrero further reported that Bayliss co-owns the DesmoSport Ducati team for which he rides and that Troy told Speedcafe that he will be back on the grid in 2019.
Bayliss advised Speedcafe that the team will eventually have the new (Panigale) V4 and while he’s really looking forward to riding the new bike, he’s still happy to ride the 1299 until the new bike arrives.
Troy commented that he definitely wants to ride in the ASBK next year and then see but for him to finish up on the V4, after starting out in ’98 on the 996, he’d have ridden so many different models of Ducati, it’s pretty special for him.
Speedcafe described Bayliss as “the Taree-born rider” and advised that having turned forty-nine (49) years old shortly after the start of the 2018 ASBK season, Troy was committed to a major health kick to make the comeback happen. Bayliss commented to Speedcafe, “I feel great, I’m as fit as I’ve ever been but I’m healthier than I’ve ever been in my life, so when people say ’49, ra ra ra,’ they’ve got no idea; I’ll take anyone on. I’m fit as, and ready to go.”
Speedcafe reported that referring to his son, Oli, in the 2018 Australian Supersport 300 Championship, in which he finished fourth, Troy commented that Oli was riding really well and was definitely a front-runner, having won some races.
Troy also praised the other young riders, commenting that there were a lot of young riders doing well and that it was amazing to see them progress and the experience they get.
Troy pointed out that Oli had just turned fifteen (15) and that 2018 was his second year in the Supersport 300. Troy further commented that he (Troy) didn’t start until he was twenty-two (22) and to see riders at fifteen (15) and fourteen (14), even thirteen (13) – it sounds young – but it’s amazing.
Speedcafe further reported that Troy advised that Oli wants to be a professional bike rider.
Motorcycling Australia has released the calendar for the 2019 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli with pre-season testing at Phillip Island shortly before Round 1 with the WorldSBK in February.
Speedcafe advised that Troy Bayliss is currently competing in mountain biking at the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast.