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Interview: Ducati World Champion Troy Bayliss

by army, transcription by susan

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

As last week, were given the opportunity to questions to newly-crowned World Troy Bayliss for an interview we yesterday. There were one thousand questions submitted to us all over the world; and these some of the best. Thanks to all who

Three-time world champion Bayliss will be riding off the sunset after the final in ’08. Soup readers given the opportunity to ask Bayliss for this interview.

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Q Don asks: What’s next? How are you to spend your retirement, and do you intend on living?

A I intend on back and living on the Gold It’s going to be a new starting for us, because originally we’re about 800 km south of there, a called Taree. But we’ve away from there for a time.

We thought Surfers was a good place to go back to, and if any opportunities to have, there’d be in that area for me, I think.

Q for.

A I don’t know. it just. well, we’ve got the already booked into really good schools which we feel is important for us, and going to be living in a good But right now, we just to get back there and get settled in. As far as goes, I’m going to be a bit involved with Ducati, back and do a few events next with a few of the other people I’ve been involved

Nothing big and special, but just wean myself out of this that I’ve been in.

Q readers asked this: racetrack will you miss the

A I’ll miss them It’s just going to be a big I am definitely going to miss so this side of my life.

But one that I know is that already spoken with Davide, and whenever we’ve got a if I ever want to come and the bike- not like I was a test come and ride the bike the bike’s properly ready, to come and basically put the needle in my arm and get it out of my

Q Is there a corner that you miss?

A There’s lots of that I’ll miss, but one that I will miss though I haven’t ridden it for a years now-is a series of corners at Misano. Used to them lefts that led the back straight. I used to be fast around there, and really enjoyed that set of Another corner I’d will be the Ascari chicane at

Before you go onto the back and before you go onto Parabolica. I loved, love it through That’s, just-and also, I the series, the lefts coming the straight at Phillip Island, as

That’s a nice place.

Q reader Barry Glading Did Ducati give you any of your bikes?

A I have them They’re not exactly all in my house at the but I have them. I have one in my I have one in my lounge room the 2001 model. I have the no. 21 Edition that they did of the Infostrada one that you can register.

at home covered in rugs. never been started. like brand new. I the 999. I have the 1098 this year. I have no. 12 of my So I’ve got a nice little And then all my … that collected over the years.

given a lot of it away, but you still a bit. Like all my leathers and I keep at least one set per year.

it all began: Bayliss rode in for two races on the powerhouse Vance Ducati team in 2000. Foggy was injured and Troy was into WSBK. The rest is

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Q Do you the Superman leathers?

A Yeah, got some good stuff.

Q got a nice little Troy museum in the making.

A A lot of oil paintings and that people have Nice little insurance job one I’ll have to burn it [Laughing]

Q What are you going to do with all stuff? Are you going to have a in your house in Australia to it all?

A I’ll have to get a house. But I don’t know I’m going to do with it, to you the truth. I’ve got … I’m absolutely freaking out going back to Oz.

Everything’s around fast now. It been f**in’ easier to do year of racing. [Laughing] I I’m going to have a off and then come back in

Q I’m sure they’ll be to have you.

A Nori’s got a year contract, so maybe come back.

Q We must received 500 email messages readers trying to convince you not to

A It’s nonstop. People that — a lot of people in especially, think that Kim me to stop, but it’s not just The whole plan was to stop a while ago, anyway.

all gone to plan, and I’ve up in one piece.

Q From your what is the best race ever ridden, and why. asked by reader Steve

A [pause] I don’t know. had a couple of good ones. hard to pick one out.

If I go back to just even my race, not sure if that’s my but I could probably put it inside the top So it’s good to know I’ve still got a good left in me, this late in my And I’m planning to go out with a more.

Q Where does Valencia MotoGP win rate?

A that’s in the top five, I guess. It was really good, but a boring Out the front, just racing my lap

I’ll take it, it was good, and I it, it was something that I wanted to do, it was just good. That was like the icing on the cake for year, really. So many all said, asking me, at Ducati, you like to go and do the last race year?

Try and do it again? But I said no. now and then it clicks over in my but I think it’s better to the book closed like actually.

I started the program the Desmosedici, with Loris, at the end of 2002, and then, okay, I was enough to win the last race the 1000 cc. But I think it’s left like that. to this in Mp3 format here )

Bayliss, a true working hero, wrapped up his third title at Magny Cours.

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Q We received a bunch of messages fans asking if you’re to do Valencia on the MotoGP bike year, including one by Josh of Janesville, Wisconsin. So I’m you addressed that.

A Yeah, no. too nice of a story. It’s got to be how it was.

Pretty much this year, especially if I can the last two races off very it would be incredible, but even if well, I did what I wanted to do, and was the three championships on the different

Q In terms of a race that stood out for you, it’s to beat your first Your first win, it?

A Yeah, back in Hockenheim in my — I remember my first win in Superbikes, and that was down at Park, I think it was. I won and then I remember my first win in England, which was at Oulton against Niall Mackenzie and Hislop, with our bike strong at the time, so that was a good race for me. And then of Hockenheim. You never forget the ones.

I remember Hockenheim I was really sick that and just couldn’t believe we won in the end.

Q An amazing track,

A Yeah. Absolutely. Like the time there is pretty When how it was back then, it was so and the bike was unstable.

I couldn’t when I first started in the there, I couldn’t hold the on in the straight, because it just on getting into a big weave. So we had to around with the suspension a bit to even make the bike

Q Next question. Reader FoS Stidham says he’s all of your Suomy helmets and your biggest fan in America. He wants to know the answer to one Is AC/DC the best Australian ever, or not?

A Ahhhhhh. not — I listen to whatever’s on the radio. I listen to anything. But good, ah?

I went back this year. I went for a around the track to see if I could any little bits left [Laughing] No, I still think I should’ve just grabbed my that day, though. I miss it. I should’ve at least put it in a

Someone else now has got it from the I don’t know. They fed it to their dog.

Q Cecil wonders: Your life and appear to be something that couldn’t make up. Have you considered writing a book?

A a lot of — a few people have me, but you can’t — you can’t — it’s not worth because you can’t tell truthfully. Never.

Q What of the at Donington last year a part in your thoughts of This question asked by Oliver of Salem, Oregon.

A No, not at I went back there year. I went for a walk the track to see if I could find any bits left over. No, I still think — I just grabbed my finger day, though.

I really it. I should’ve at least put it in a jar. else now has got it from the hospital. I know. They might’ve fed it to dog. I don’t know they might’ve done it.

Q Look for it on eBay?

A Ha.

Q Ben Fox, an MRA asks: What makes you a Do you think it’s genes, or more desire, more He read that Doug said that it’s and he wants to know if you agree.

are your thoughts are on why champions are

A It could have something to do it, genetic. I don’t know, My dad wasn’t a motorcycle racer, but I how hard he worked at things to do. it’s the way you’re brought up.

pretty set in the ways that I do and sometimes — like might think I listen to but it just goes in one ear and out the other, I’ve got my way that I do it, and I know the way I was brought up with my father, but the way how he made me do things, and that you who you are right from the beginning.

Q How did he you do things?

A Just was hard on me, and when — we used to fun riding and stuff, but he used to set goals for me. When I was young, ten, around ten, age, when a new model bike come out, have the bike, he’d bought it, but we’d go out and I’d have the old one. He’d I’ve got this bike and there’s no use having it unless faster on it.

I used to live out in the so we used to do these races up and — like just me, a time trial, and I’d got to a new bike and make sure I was on it before I’d get it, type of But I used to cut the corners a little bit on

Bayliss has won titles on three series of Ducati Superbikes, the current 1098.

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Q tell Dad.

A [Laughing] tell Dad. But yeah, I had good times with my dad but he, the way he brought me up, he made me hard that.

Q Here’s a good sent in by reader Richard Your efforts at physical are well known, but do you have any or processes to prepare you for the mental of racing?

A No, it comes naturally, the side of it, that’s for sure. days I’m really like a day or two before it. I’m not a beer or a couple of beers hurt you, doesn’t notice on Saturday night. to — you don’t want to be all the time about racing, for sure. But certainly my physical is — we pay attention to that.

Even though I’m not I could be a bit healthier sometimes, even today I’ve four hours’ training So it doesn’t matter what I do, as far as what I eat or have something to tomorrow I’ll be ready to not a problem.

Q Illinois resident Weener says that Martin says you have no and feel no pain. He says had moments of no fear and no pain, but he was too drunk to ride when he did it. He to know what separates from the rest of the world.

A I fear, and I do have a lot of pain. I get as nervous sometimes now before the as much as I have in my whole The pain is something that racer has. You know going to get a bit sometimes.

It’s all the good stuff outweighs side of it, so you manage to sort of it aside and continue on.

Q Chris of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin like to ask you this: Out of the dozens of competitors you’ve faced, who do you and respect the most?

A Not somebody in not just somebody, because I all racers, because I know all sports are similar, to get competitive and be at the end of it, you have to be very dedicated. So I respect a lot of racers.

Q Is there a that you’re going to be that you’ll never to face again, for whatever

A No. No. Not really.

Q Greg Cutler of New City references your win in at Valencia: To what extent do you your success in that to having key members of your team with you, and do you your MotoGP career have been different had you had crew with you?

A I don’t want to get too political, but it meant something to have the there that I did, and was Davide, Ernesto and Paolo I’ve been comfortable these guys. I first working with Ernesto I come to America back in and straightaway we clicked, and just love working with

I wanted to take these in the first place, but it didn’t I can’t — my time was up and down, and we went back and did a great job for that last but I don’t regret 2003, because that’s just how is sometimes. I think it made me a person in the end anyway.

But I think I done a better job with guys there, over years, definitely. But saying my — my life is based Superbikes, and I honestly think — you can go there, and you can do a good but I think the 125s and the guys through 250 have already this life in the paddock. just say, look at for instance, coming through, and all these young guys, so happy and used to that life.

It’s the same. other guys come to like Barros and, you can say a few names, and it’s just a different way, and if you’re not to that way, you’re to struggle a little.

Q You didn’t racing until you were in 20s, but at what point did you that you were competitive to win titles and go World Championship? question asked by Andy of Greenville, South Carolina.

A I the first time I raced was in D down at Oran Park. I before that, I had my license for a few months, and it was my first road I’d ever had, and go for a ride up in the hills, and I’ve had — I didn’t have any or anything, just jeans and or a jacket and something — and just keep thinking to The only thing from my knee on the ground is like worried about taking off it, because I only have a of jeans on.

So when I went to the track, it was only a few corners I got my knee down, and I just Whoa, this is good. And I be fast at this, anyway, I’ve been riding all my life. And straight after basically, I thought, We can make a out of this. And from then on, it was we towards that goal, to a living.

And then finally when we when we moved across to then we became more ahead at more better, goals, like winning a and stuff like this.

Q Li asks: Being an experienced what do you think when suggest that older like Colin Edwards, Gibernau, etc. should and make room for younger

A Well, they’re not actually old at the moment. So it’s different. But at my well, maybe it’s enough to say something like But even then, like if you’re doing a job, I’ve been doing a good job, so I think I could stay on a little bit without being a pain in the because I’m doing a job.

But I don’t know. age limits now in Superstock, and I don’t if they should have in Superbike or not. I think 40, you You shouldn’t be racing Superbikes when you’re any older 40, really.

But it depends. If you want to and you’re doing a good there’s nothing wrong that.

Q FoS Rob vLS has a question about How do you know, aside from when you are riding on the edge? does the bike feel What does it do, and how do you gauge it?

Is it the the lean angle, or what

A Depends on the rider, I guess. everybody’s got their own limits. — I’m talking myself — I know I’m getting close to the when I can’t relax on the when I’m trying to go and you start getting tense, and if you making little mistakes, if there’s somebody — the easiest way is if you’re trying to up with somebody and you can’t up with them, and you’re — you’re going your limit to try and stay them, that’s when you you’re in trouble.

Q Ivan of Fremont, CA asks: As your has evolved, you’ve seen grow with confidence and Was there one point in your that you can point to as the catalyst to the that we know today as a and supremely fast rider? Was one day.

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A I think it was back in or even a little bit before maybe. But I think even at when Colin put it on pole and I was I realized that Shit, finally — I’m to the front now, and maybe is a turning point and I can be a front-runner.

Q this is going to work Cool.

A Maybe this is to work out, because I went to Japan it was a complete and then — then we to Monza, actually, and I had a couple of results there, a fourth and a I think it was, and I thought, this is good, I’ve to — that’s basically signed the deal. It might’ve been there. I did good, and did really nice pass everybody still keeps about.

But for me, for me it was at Hockenheim when I was behind Colin and I thought, Okay, I’m here

Q Longtime ‘Soup reader Sorich asks: Now that about to wrap up your racing career, are you going to bicycle racing?

A I really the bicycle. Like today, we had a good hit out, and had a bit of a gym session as But even that, like to do it professionally, it takes too much anyway, and I’m at the wrong end of the scale, that’s for sure.

You can get going very good, but the young guys that are through now, they’re the step. But more importantly for me, I to stay fit. I want to be to go for a coffee shop ride I’m 60, 65.

Q LA resident and camera Nicolas Restrepo wonders: Do you it would be more fun for Colin to go back to World Superbike than keep racing for top 5 or top 10 in MotoGP?

A Yeah, it hasn’t happened for Colin. He so nearly won race back in Assen a of years ago. I know a great rider, but I’m he’d really love to a win.

I think if he was back in Superbikes, be at the front and be playing for the championship if he was in a team, for sure.

Q Darren of Inver Grove Heights to know some riding How do you balance the amount of weight you on the inside footpeg and the outside in a corner? Does it change for types of corners and cambers,

A Gee, I don’t know. comes naturally. You don’t buy down at the shop.

Q Eureka own Kyle Moore would to ask you the following: Since you’ve with Haga for years, how do you he’ll be able to go on the Ducati year?

A I don’t know. every time when behind him and when I’m him, our bikes do the same of thing, like they let go at the same time. We’re on nearly exactly the same

I watch his bike, and to me, the last of months, him and Troy have riding really good, but the have really come in leaps and bounds over the few months. Their system they’ve got — it’s Marelli, it’s the same as but they’ve got some new bits and to their suspension, and it just like it’s working It’ll be interesting to see.

He have to change the bike a because I know the way I have my he wouldn’t ride it like because it’s much physical to ride, and he tends to a bit more of a direct sort of It’ll be interesting.

Bayliss’ says it all.

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Q Steers of New Hampshire just Monte Carlo and bicycled on the around the town, and said it was the dangerous and terrifying thing she’s ever done. want to know how you do it on a regular there.

A I love it. I normally about three crashes a though. But I never wear a because it’s one place you don’t have to, so I want to be But I ride here a few months ago Lance Armstrong, and we went out and we a few hours’ ride, but the day before he was riding with one of his friends, and he got hit by a car

Anyway, he hates riding in so the road where we went on day, he took me out in the middle of and it was like, I felt like we in grizzly bear country. I understand why he’s such a nut and a tough nut, because he rides, no one else would go

Q Do you have any regrets, when you of your time in MotoGP? Thompson of Oklahoma City if you do.

A In MotoGP? Yes and no. You just roll it. It was up and down, like I said I think that I actually show what my true was, but that’s racing.

You good years, you have bad

Q Patrick Lawrence of Fort MD says that Mick has said that Kevin was the fastest rider he had ever against. Who was the fastest racer you’ve ever competed — someone who amazed you their skills and abilities?

A Well, I think it’s got to be actually.

Yeah. Because just [pause] just a he’s just like cut above everybody else. at this moment in time, is the fastest man in the world, on earth, with a no fear type

But as far as like class goes and day out, it’s Valentino

Q So were there times in when you were riding him, behind him, and he did stuff and you just thought to Wow.

A Normally behind [Laughing] Probably one or two times I was in of him.

Q But did you see him do some things, or

A No, no, honestly, if you look at it from side, honestly, like just — that’s what I said about but I think as far as people that I of diced with and spent time with, I might to say somebody different. I’d say Loris Capirossi sometimes. he was just, he used to ride the edge on that bike, and the way he used to ride it is just was pretty amazing.

Q Paul DeWitt of Belen, New asks: What kind of motorcycle riding will you do you’re retired?

A I think do a bit of riding with my boys and if Abby decides to do a bit of riding. we’re going to a little bit of and stuff, because I still that’s where you learn basics, is with minibikes. And have fun riding.

Q Darren among many others, to know whether there’s time to tell the wife you’re going to do this for one more year?

A No.

Q What be her response if you did?

A Uh. um. I don’t It wouldn’t be good. We’ve planned everything as far as schools and go, and it would be wrong for the family. down, I know I could for a couple more years, but right now, it’s the time now.

It’s to hurt, stopping, but it’s the time to stop.

Q When you and split and you rode for Honda, being with Ducati for so years, what was that like? What was it like back? Craig Wix asks

A It was just pretty quiet. year I was offered to ride, back and ride in Superbike, I probably should’ve done. But a few races to go, that year was a quiet year anyway, and I smashed up my wrist really in Australia on a motocross bike.

So I I think it was the last three or something, but by then I’d spoken with Davide and decided that — and Paolo really believed in me to back and ride in the World team. They wanted me to go and we said, Okay, we’ll it another go. I was honestly a bit worried, I’d never ridden the 999 or on Pirellis before. It was going to be a tire, and it was going to be very and fierce racing.

So I was a bit worried. And I was worried about my wrist as But as soon as I hopped on the bike for the time at Valencia, I felt comfortable, and I knew that I straight back at home, with the guys I had around me, and back with Ernesto was — shaping up to be a good right from the start.

Q How are you going to miss Ernesto and the guys on your team?

A I’m going to miss a lot of there at Ducati, especially the that we’ve got right now is a group, and we really enjoy our when we go away racing. a really good bunch of guys, especially with and Davide. Paolo’s moved on he’s involved with FG But it’s been a good

With Davide, it’s since 2000, and he’s a guy to have as a team manager, for sure.

Q Essex UK, resident Redmond wonders: How many a week do you bicycle for training?

A It because I’m always I seem to have a lot more to do these days. But I guess, if I was for seven days, I might do 400 k.

Q Columbus, Ohio-man Jim Cherwinski a good question: What do you of MotoGP going to a controlled

A I could see it happening. It was always to happen. But it’s true strange, because MotoGP is — actually, I think be good in the end.

It will a lot of whinging and bitching and teams halfway through the year. He only won because he was on these, and blah, blah. Okay, put all on the same tire and let’s


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