There are many ways to celebrate a sports legend who has marked the history of his discipline.

The Ducati management team have decided to create a new motorcycle in tribute to Troy Bayliss: the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary. A rare jewel that will delight a small number of enthusiasts, produced in a numbered edition with a special livery and an autograph on the tank, available on the market from the end of September for 20,990 euros.

The legend of Bayliss can be summed up in a few figures: 3 times Superbike World Champion, a category in which he won 52 races, to finish on the podium a grand total of 94 times, at a time when there was only two weekend tours (not three as there are currently). And as if that wasn’t enough, the Australian is the only person in the world to have won a MotoGP and World Superbike championship in the same year.

He won the Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Valencian Community in the Ducati Desmosedici GP6 in 2006, in his only appearance this season in the premier class. In addition, in Superbike, Troy has remained loyal to Ducati, winning the incredible record mentioned above between 2000 and 2008.

After winning the first World Championship races in 2000 with the 996, Bayliss was also crowned World Champion the following year, with a booty of 6 wins and 15 podiums, again on the 996 “Testastretta”. This revolutionary bike featured Brembo radial calipers, first introduced on the 996 ridden by Fogarty and Corser in 1999, which until then was a little-known technology in the Superbike world.

The braking system was complemented by a dual 320mm front disc and a single 220mm rear disc, all made of steel (carbon had previously been banned in an attempt to keep costs down), bearing the Brembo branding. Also of note are the new 5-spoke light alloy rims manufactured by Marchesini, a company that joined the Brembo group in March 2000.

And in order to celebrate this pairing, which marked the history of production-derived bikes, the company designed, designed and ultimately built the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary. As the name suggests, the bike is powered by a twin-cylinder 955cc Superquadro engine – an icon for longtime Ducati fans – which delivers 155 hp and 104 Nm of maximum torque.

In addition to the engine, aesthetics and advanced electronics fitted to the bike, the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary also stands out from the competition with its incredible chassis, built around an aluminum alloy monocoque frame, which makes it easier to ride, both on the road and between sidewalks.

The Brembo braking system is a key contributor to this, and is comprised of M4 32 radial-mounted 4-piston monobloc calipers up front, which engage with a pair of semi-floating 320mm diameter discs; at the rear, meanwhile, is a 2-piston caliper with a 245mm disc.

These solutions are now firmly established, in part thanks to the track tests to which Bayliss himself contributed in the Superbike World Championship: the 4-pad calipers made their debut on the Ducati 999, on which he won the World Championship. in 2006, and have one pad per piston; At the time, the 4 piston calipers used by the competition only had 2 pads.

Two years later, Bayliss won his third World Championship in the 1098, beating his closest rival Troy Corser, who was on a Yamaha, by 118 points. The 1098 also featured 320mm steel discs and 4-piston monobloc calipers (34 and 38mm in diameter), machined from solid billets with radial brackets.

Some loves never die, but simply take a long detour before being resuscitated.

And if you like Troy and Ducati, you can get a taste of the legend for yourself, even doing some thrilling laps on the track thanks to the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary.


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