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Aussie Oli Bayliss follows his father’s tracks

Oliver Bayliss, the 18-year-old son of Australia’s three-time World Superbike champion Troy, will follow in his father’s tyre tracks to the world stage next year.

He will race in the 2022 FIM Supersport World Championship for the Barni Racing aboard a Ducati Panigale V2.

Oli was born on 20 September 2003 in Monaco and started racing in the Australian Supersport series in 2017 at the age of 13.

The following year, he was alongside his dad and in 2020/21 he competed in the Australian Superbike Championship on a Ducati Panigale V4 R, picking up his first win at Hidden Valley.

Oli and Troy Bayliss father and son
Oli and Troy Bayliss

With the support of Ducati, the Bayliss family chose the Barni Racing Team alongside 20-year-old Luca Bernardi to take Oliver’s career a step further.

“I’ve finished my school program, which means I can now put my focus completely on racing motorbikes, training and only that,” Oli says.

His arrival in the WorldSSP Championship will come 20 years after Troy’s first World Superbike Championships with another twin-cylinder Ducati.

“Oli has been brought up around racing,” says his proud dad.

“I think the move to Barni Racing Team is a great opportunity, I hope he enjoys the V-twin as much as I did.”

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Barni Racing Team Principal Marco Barnabò says they have never had such a young team.

“At the beginning we won’t focus on results, but only on the growth of these two young riders,” he says.

Ducati Corse Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti says the “Bayliss family and Ducati have always been linked very strongly”.

Ducati  launched the V2 Bayliss Replica special version to celebrate Troy’s first world title with Ducati 20 years ago.

Bayliss Panigale V2

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ducati honours Aussie Troy Bayliss

Ducati has honoured Australia’s three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss with a special Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary model.

The limited-edition serial-numbered bike will be available in Australia and New Zealand from January 2022 with an Australian ride away price of $27,489.

It comes in a special livery that celebrates the Ducati 996 R of Troy’s first World Superbike title in 2001 with his race number 21.

Troy Bayliss - Australia Day announces comeback
Troy Bayliss

He also won in 2006 and 2008 and his 52 World Superbike victories rank third in the history of the championship behind Brits Jonathan Rea and Carl Fogarty.

Troy also raced in the MotoGP, winning the 2006 Spanish GP.

The special Panigale V2 is more than just a special paint job, though.

Justifying the $4500 premium over the standard V2, the bike is equipped with Öhlins The NX30 front fork and TTX36 rear shock absorber and is 3kg lighter thanks to a lithium-ion battery and solo seat.

It also comes wth sport grips, carbon fibre and titanium muffler cover, self-cleaning brake and clutch pumps, smoke grey oil tanks and Troy’s #21 on the saddle and fairings.

The above video was filmed at the Ducati Museum, on the track and at the Bayliss home in Australia.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Troy Bayliss seriously injured in bicycle crash

Troy Bayliss Confirms Injuries After Bicycle Crash

DesmoSport Ducati Team co-owner Troy Bayliss has confirmed that a bicycle crash last Friday has left the three-time World Superbike champion with a fractured C4 vertebra and corresponding spinal damage that will see the active 52-year-old on the sidelines for several months.

Troy Bayliss

I’m OK and I’m home, but the crash means I won’t be riding a motorcycle until I regain full movement in my arms and hands. I really just wanted to let everyone know what’s happened, that I’m OK and that I’ll be back in leathers as soon as I can. It’s been an intense weekend for me and my family, but luckily I’m OK and I will recover. My doctors have been really positive, but there’s no firm indication of how long it will be until I can regain enough control to get back on a bike – maybe a few months, maybe longer; it just depends on how the recovery goes once the bones heal up.”

With Troy having no exact recollection of the incident, it appears that another bicycle was exiting between two parked cars and he has collided head first into it. Most of the impact was transferred through his head to his neck, and he lost consciousness. He was immediately treated and taken to hospital.

While the injuries are serious, Troy’s condition is stable. He returned to his Gold Coast home on Monday to begin his recovery.

With Darwin’s Hidden Valley the next round of the 2021 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), on June 18-20, DesmoSport Ducati will forge ahead with their preparations, beginning with a private test for Mike Jones and Oli Bayliss early next week as they continue to chase the 2021 ASBK title.

Oli Bayliss with his Superbike legend dad, Troy

Source: MCNews.com.au

Troy & Oli Bayliss talk racing and the DesmoSport V4R

Oli Bayliss talks riding the DesmoSport Ducati

Photos: Images Everything Photography & M33 Productions

Three-time World Superbike champion and current co-owner of ASBK team DesmoSport Ducati Troy Bayliss, needs little introduction, while his son Oli, only 16, is already rising through the ranks of racing. Last weekend Oli tried the DesmoSport Ducati V4R superbike for the first time, here’s Troy and Oli Bayliss’s take from after the Pirelli Southern Downs meet at Morgan Park, Australia.

Troy & Oli Bayliss Interview

Oli, you’re only 16, but this weekend you made your debut on the V4R superbike at the Pirelli Southern Downs series. How did the weekend go?

Oli Bayliss: “It was a really good weekend. We started off doing OK times and progressing every session. In the last race of the day we got the bike sorted. I had the best feeling on the bike over the weekend and everything turned out good.”

Oli Bayliss on the DesmoSport Ducati V4RWhat was it like getting on a superbike for the first time? You’ve spent almost two years on the 600. Did it take a long time to get used to the power? And how did you feel afterwards?

Oli: “Coming from the 600, the V4 is a similar aspect. You come out of the corners and, off the bottom, it doesn’t have that much power, compared to what I’ve heard from the V2. But once it gets high up in the rev range it’s so fast. So fast.”

Troy, how did you feel seeing Oli riding the superbike? What advice did you give him?

Troy Bayliss: “It was a strange one. The plan was not to have Oli on a superbike this year. But Oli’s been giving Ben Henry (DesmoSport co-founder) a hard time because he said: ‘remember you said when I win a race on the 600 I could have a ride on the bigger bike?’ But the way it’s worked out this year, with the ASBK on hold, we’re stuck in Queensland. The Pirelli Southern Downs series, which was at Morgan Park, had a round at the weekend and we thought, with the way the world is at the moment, it’s a good opportunity to let Oli have a ride on the bike. Being parents, it’s difficult to watch. I’m so comfortable with him on the 600, and he seems so in control of it. So stepping up to a bigger bike is quite stressful. It was hard to watch for a while but seeing him progress over the weekend, he looked good on the bike. He knows Morgan Park very well. The only thing is, Morgan Park is probably the most difficult track to ride a Superbike on in Australia. It’s so physical. It was really good for Oli to ride alongside Mike Jones. Mike’s so smooth and fast and he’s great to have on our team.”Oli Bayliss on the DesmoSport Ducati V4R

What advice did Mike give you through the weekend and during the day of testing prior to the weekend?

Oli: “Pretty much, we turned up on Thursday and everything was going well. Mike gave me a few laps and we both followed each other around for a bit. When it came to qualifying Mike told me to just be smooth and not to rush anything because we’ve got the whole weekend to be here. Once we started racing there were no nerves and no pressure. We just went out there to have a bit of fun. And the whole team really helped a lot.”

We know what Troy’s career and record has been like. But what are your plans for the future? And what’s the ultimate goal?

Oli: “Just to be one of the best in the world. We don’t really know what the next few years have to come, due to coronavirus. I’d like to be doing Australia Superbike or World Supersport. Or something along those lines. To keep progressing.”Oli Bayliss on the DesmoSport Ducati V4R

Troy, seeing Oli jump on a red bike again and the Superbike class in particular, does it bring it all back, and does it make you feel like throwing your leg over a bike again?

Troy: “Oh no, I’m so happy to be on the side lines. I really am. I’m actually in a really good head space. I’m fit and healthy. If I wanted to ride I could. One day I’ll have a ride with Oli and Mike to have a bit of fun. But it’s all about doing everything we can to make these guys as fast as they possibly can be. I love the team and working on the bikes and talking with the boys. It’s just a game. You go through the levels. And it’s trying to master the levels, that’s all it is.”

What’s it like having your dad as your coach?

Oli: “It’s really good. When I first started racing 300s, we used to ride around Morgan Park together. We did the same on the 600s for a bit. Once I got a bit faster than him , he stopped riding and I kept on improving. Definitely this year we’ll have another ride on the R6s together. He’s been dying for it. We’ll have a go and post the results.”Oli Bayliss on the DesmoSport Ducati V4R

Troy: “I’m pretty keen to have a spin on the R6. But he’s definitely progressed a lot since the last time we rode together. At 16, he’s pretty young, but he’s nearly done the second year in the 600s and he’s really learned a lot. Especially in the last year. It was the perfect opportunity to put Oli on the bike. We have a great relationship with Ducati, and we love Motul. Motul’s been with us for a long time. It’s a great product and that’s all that goes in the bikes.”

You’ve both ridden Oli’s Cube Racing R6. Who’s faster?

Troy: ” Oli, by 1.2 seconds. That was over a year ago. We’ve progressed a bit with the bike. We’ve got the bike working really well, so I’m sure I could go quite a bit quicker than the last time I was on it. I’m sure outright speed he’ll be faster than me. We’ll soon find out next time we go to Morgan Park. Watch this space.”Oli Bayliss on the DesmoSport Ducati V4R

You’ve both ridden the Desmo Sport Ducati V4R. Who’s faster?

Troy: “I’ve got him covered there by nearly a second. Especially at Morgan Park, because it’s a track where you have to physically attack the place. It’s that rough and hard work. And I’ve been round there a lot of times on a superbike. But for his first weekend, to be going as fast as he’s going is pretty good.”

Who’s had the biggest influence on your racing career so far?

Oli: “Dad. Or mum. Every time we go to the track, Dad and I are always chatting about how I can go faster or smoother.”

Troy: “It’s not just me either but with Ben at the workshop down at Cube Performance Centre. The whole team, the same as every team, is all about having a good relationship and making the boys faster.”Oli Bayliss on the DesmoSport Ducati V4R

How do you like being a team owner with Ben compared to being a rider?

Troy: “Doing this in Australia is not too stressful. I wouldn’t want to be doing this worldwide. I have no interest in that at all. We’re having a great time here in the ASBK paddock. Ben and I get on well together. It’s been fun the last few years and we’re lucky to have Mike as the reigning champion. We hope to keep the winning ways going.”

How did you find the steps up between bikes?

Oli: “Going from the 300 to 600 was a bit of a change, but after a few days at Morgan Park I felt really at home on the bike, on the R6. Now coming from the R6 to the V4, it’s the same thing. After a few more days and races, I’ll really feel comfortable on that bike and push it to the extra step.”

Source: MCNews.com.au

Defending ASBK Champions eager to get back on track

Panigale V2 being prepped for two-up rides with TB

DesmoSport Ducati welcomes the release earlier this month of the final Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) calendar, with racing set to get underway at Winton Motor Raceway on September 19 & 20.

In a year like no other, DesmoSport Ducati is primed and ready to get back on track and finish the 2020 season across the five remaining rounds in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

Team Co-Owner, Troy Bayliss

Phillip Island feels like a lifetime ago really, but Mike has continued to put in the work off the bike when we were unable to ride, and both he and Ben have found something more from the V4R, so it will be great to go racing again and put it to the test.

“As for me, I actually got to put some laps in on the new Panigale V2, and it was so much fun! I actually had such a good time, that Ducati have agreed to let us build one into a two-up bike for the rest of the year, so should things settle down, keep your eye’s peeled for an opportunity to jump on the back with me, although be warned, I might be a little rusty.”

Ducati Panigale V
Troy Bayliss and DesmoSport Ducati are preparing a Panigale V2 as a two-up ride bike for ASBK rounds

While subject to constantly changing government rules and regulations, Motorcycling Australia (MA) has been working hard to ensure our championship moves forward. With the dates now cemented in place, DesmoSport Ducati has continued to test and develop the V4R with Mike Jones aboard the bike and is prepared to resume racing to defend the 2019 ASBK title.

Team Co-Owner, Ben Henry

It’s been a year that no one could predict, that’s for sure, but the break from racing has allowed me to spend some more time with my family and working on my business, Cube Performance Centre, which has been fantastic. If anything, the break has just highlighted how much I love our sport and has me motivated more than ever to perform at the racetrack. Mike has been able to ride the bike, and we’re confident that we’ll be ready come September.

ASBK Wakefield Park Test TDJ Mike Jones main straight Cover
Mike Jones – Image by TDJ

Cube Racing Set to Return to the Track

And of course over in the other half of the DesmoSport Ducati Team at an ASBK event is the Cube Racing Supersport effort where TB’s teenage son Oli Bayliss has been honing his craft and despite the lull in racing young Oli has been training hard and also testing the Cube Racing YZF-R6 regularly at Morgan Park.

Oli Bayliss

I don’t think anyone can tell what will happen next with everything that’s going on, but I’m happy that MA have set a calendar for a little later in the year. There’s a good chance that we might be able to race the last five rounds and finish the season. Even though there hasn’t been any racing, I’ve still been able to do a few track days, I’ve been training harder than ever and I feel really good on the bike, so it will be great to get back on the grid and actually race again. I just wanted to thank everyone that’s stood by us as a team, and me as a racer this year. My brother just opened a gym, Apex Performance and Fitness, I see how hard Ben works at Cube Performance Centre, and I know that all our sponsors work just as hard in their businesses, so I really appreciate everything that you all do so we can get on track.”

Team owner, Ben Henry

We’ve been lucky to get some solid track time for Oli over the last few weeks and he’s continued his progression, despite the lack of racing. He’s physically stronger, and his confidence continues to grow with every outing on the bike. He’s unofficially set the fastest time for a 600 at Morgan Park and he’s set times in race simulations that would see him win in previous years, so I’m just looking forward to getting him back into a race situation to develop his race craft and continue his progression.”

Revised 2020 ASBK Calendar

  • ROUND 1 – WSBK – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC: 27 Feb – 1 March
  • ROUND 2 – Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla VIC: 18 – 20 September
  • ROUND 3 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Cowes VIC: 2 – 4 October
  • ROUND 4 – Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW: 16 – 18 October
  • ROUND 5 – Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD: 6 – 8 November
  • ROUND 6 – International MotoFest The Bend, SA: 20 – 22 November

Source: MCNews.com.au

A race weekend embedded with Team Ducati and Troy Bayliss

2004 Australian MotoGP

With Phil Aynsley

In 2004 I was able to cover the Australian MotoGP from the perspective of being “embedded” within the Ducati team. Here are some of the images, from both behind the scenes and out on track. They begin with the team setting up on the Thursday and finish with the post race press conference.

As the penultimate round and home ground for Australian rider Troy Bayliss, the round was an important one with Loris Capirossi to end the season ninth overall in the standings as top Ducati, while Troy Bayliss would be 14th, having retired from as many races as he finished.

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

The glamorous life of a race mechanic! Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Lunch. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Inspecting the opposition. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Warming up the bike… or dreaming of glory? Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Loris Capirossi giving that all important quote. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

One of many screens in the back of the pit garage. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

It took some convincing to be able to get this image! Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Plenty of spares available for the weekend. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Free Practice 1 – things get underway! Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Loris’ crew watch the monitors. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

A wet start to practice. Loris gets a push out of pit box. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Troy Bayliss comes in for a debrief. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

And keeps an eye on how the competition are going. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

As things start to dry out Troy is fastest. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Team Manager Livio Suppo. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Loris is informed of his progress. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Troy prepares to go out again with a new tyre. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Watching the timing screens. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Free Practice 2. Troy sports a different helmet – just to make life difficult for the photographers. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Troy Bayliss. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Loris Capirossi. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Loris Capirossi. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Loris Capirossi. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Troy Bayliss. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Loris Capirossi. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Troy Bayliss. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Qualifying about to start. An advantage of rear wheel starters. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Loris keeps an eye on the opposition. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

It is action stations during a pit stop. The teamwork is on display. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Troy Bayliss heads out again. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

As does Loris. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

The crew are pleased Loris has qualified in 3rd place. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Both of Loris’ bikes before the post qualifying work begins for the mechanics. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Warm up. You don’t often have the chance to get both riders in the same shot. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Troy Bayliss. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Some race morning PR. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

In the car heading over to the Ducati Australia grandstand. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Troy and Loris give ten minutes of their time to the enthusiastic crowd. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

On the starting grid. Loris’ bike gets its final adjustments. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Two Aussie legends! Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Troy Bayliss gets ready. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Sete Gibernau leads off the line. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Many eyes keep track of the riders progress. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Troy Bayliss finds himself in fast company. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Loris is just up the road. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Troy makes his way forward. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Loris and Troy. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Rossi wins by 0.097 seconds! Gibernau in second. Capirossi takes third. Troy finished in ninth. Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Australian GP Ducati PA AGP

Post race press conference. Loris is obviously happy with the team’s first podium of the season. Troy also scores a 3rd place at the following race, in Valencia, to end the year on a high note.

2004 Australian MotoGP

  1. Valentino Rossi – Yamaha
  2. Sete Gibernau – Honda +0.097s
  3. Loris Capirossi – Ducati +10.486s
  4. Colin Edwards – Honda +10.817s
  5. Alex Barros – Honda +10.851s
  6. Nicky Hayden – Honda +12.210s
  7. Max Biaggi – Honda +12.847s
  8. Makoto Tamada – Honda +12.9865s
  9. Troy Bayliss – Ducati +18.607s
  10. Carlos Checa – Yamaha +21.245s
  11. Ruben Xaus – Ducati +23.173s
  12. Shinya Nakano – Kawasaki +25.718s
  13. Alex Hofmann – Kawasaki +35.137s
  14. Jeremy McWilliams – Aprilia +45.155s
  15. John Hopkins – Suzuki +45.197s
  16. Gregorio Lavilla – Suzuki +52.205s
  17. Norick Abe – Yamaha +52.665s
  18. Neil Hodgson – Ducati +71.394s
  19. Nobuatsu Aoki – Proton KR +1 lap
  20. James Hayden – Proton KR +1 lap
  21. Youichi Ui – Harris WCM +1 lap
  22. James Ellison – HARRC WSM +3 laps
    DNF. Marco Melandri – Yamaha
    DNF. Garry McCoy – Aprilia

Source: MCNews.com.au

Troy Bayliss talks on Ducati livestream

Troy Bayliss will feature in the first of a series of Ducati Corse Official Instagram livestream interviews wth racers to entertain riders on “home detention” during the pandemic.

The Aussie three-time World Superbike champion will star on the @ducaticorse Instagram page tonight at 8pm (AEST or noon Italian time).

The following two Thursdays will feature American Champion Ben Bostrom and Ducati Corse eSport rider Andrea Saveri.

Italian presenter DJ Ringo will interview his guests interacting with the viewers through the comments left during the live stream.

Ducati and other motorcycle companies are gearing up to reopen their factories and dealerships around the world, whereas Australian dealerships have not closed during the pandemic.

Troy Bayliss checks Ducati Scramblers dirt tracker workersTroy Bayliss tours the Ducati factory in Thailand

Ducati says they will open dealerships with a program of special cleaning, customer distancing, masks and other precautions developed by a special task force, says Ducati spokesman Francesco Milicia.

“It is now clear to everyone that the virus won’t disappear from our lives any time soon,” Francesco says.

“We will have to learn to deal with it, putting in place all possible actions to protect ourselves, allowing us to return to live our lives again.

“It is in this context that, by capitalising on the experiences gathered by our internal Task Force as well as some of our Asian dealers, we have developed the Ducati Cares program to support our dealer network all over the world.

“It will allow our dealers to welcome our customers in the safest and most practical way.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Troy Bayliss demo bike stolen

Motorcycle theft is running rampant and even three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss is not immune with his two-up demo Ducati V4R being stolen from his race truck.

Troy returned to Australian Super-bikes last year and is competing this weekend at the combined round with WSBK this weekend at Phillip Island.

However, he has tweeted that his demo V4R that he uses for promotional duties pillioning customers around the track has been stolen.

Stolen, straight out the back door of our race truck at Somerton VIC while driver having a shower. What the hell do you want a two-up bike for? It’s due for an engine rebuild as well, you ain’t going far on that.

Troy Bayliss race truckTroy’s race truck

Troy says he is hoping to catch the thief on CCTV and says in another tweet:

If anyone spots a V4R two-up bike cruising down the highway can you stick a broom handle in the front wheel and cut off at least one of the hands of the rider?

We can certainly understand his feelings and many other riders have suggested similar penalties for bike thieves.

Theft penalties

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NSW introduced tougher penalties in 2006 of up to 14 years for anyone involved in motor vehicle theft or rebirthing.

While it has resulted in a decrease in car theft, it is not having any effect on motorcycle theft which is up 17.1% in NSW compared with an increase of 11.7% nationwide.

Any rider whose pride and joy has been stolen would probably suggest tough penalties. In one previous article a reader suggested castration.

Law enforcement agencies agree that tougher penalties are needed. But maybe not castration, nor cutting off a hand as they still do in Saudi Arabia!

The problem has been that organised criminal rings use specialist criminals for different functions of the same offence.

They include bike thieves, burglars who break into your house to steal car or bike keys, re-birthers, fencers and document forgers.

This has made it difficult to convict offenders and gang bosses or organisers. Charges were often not proven or bargained down to lesser charges, such as receiving stolen property.

At best, the conviction system was protracted with little or no joy for the victims.theft lock grinder steal thief motorcycle theft

In 2006, the NSW government amended the Crimes Act 1900 to introduce a new offence of knowingly facilitating a rebirthing activity carried out on an organised basis.

It applied to any and all members in the network involved in stealing your motorcycle or car with tougher penalties. The maximum penalty was 14 years in jail.

Last year a review of the laws founds they were not only catching some offenders who knowingly participate in a vehicle rebirthing activity but who may not be guilty of any other offence.

Yet it also found that sentences did not reflect the seriousness of the crime, given the lack of offenders receiving the 14-year maximum penalty.

Although it did note that the Court of Criminal Appeal and District Court “conscientiously assess the gravity of the offending when applying the standard non-parole period of four years”.

It also identified the difficulties of proving the offender’s knowledge of the motor vehicle theft network.

Despite this and the lack of maximum sentences, the review did not proposed any legislative changes.

Meanwhile, we wish Troy every success in both racing this weekend and finding his demo Duc.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Do the Australian MotoGP with Troy Bayliss!

DesmoSport Ducati Australian MotoGP Experience

2019 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) contenders DesmoSport Ducati, owned by three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss, and Cube Performance Centre’s Ben Henry, are hosting their very own MotoGP corporate suite at turn four of the iconic Phillip Island circuit this year.

DesmoSport Ducati Australian MotoGP Experience
Troy Bayliss on the DesmoSport Ducati in ASBK, which will run alongside the MotoGP round

The team, currently leading the ASBK with Mike Jones, traditionally host just sponsors throughout the MotoGP weekend in various locations, has taken the unprecedented step of securing their own suite and are inviting you to come spend MotoGP with Ben, Troy, Mike and the entire DesmoSport race team.

MotoGP Australia Miller
Jack Miller at the Australian MotoGP
Ben Henry

“MotoGP is a spectacle, and an event that we as team enjoy racing each year, even though it isn’t a point scoring round of the ASBK. It gives us a great opportunity to catch up with a lot of our sponsors, friends and even other racers from across Australia and the world. Troy and I discussed our plans for MotoGP and decided that hosting a small hospitality suite would be a great way for us to enjoy the racing while we also got to spend some time with a great bunch of people.”

DesmoSport Ducati Australian MotoGP Experience
The ASBK DesmoSport Ducati

With the team looking to let their hair down at the event, the suite will have a maximum of just 40 people, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere where everyone will have the opportunity to not only spend time with the team and their sponsors, but a host of special guests throughout the weekend.

MotoGP ASBK Supports TBG Superbike Race Start Bayliss Herfoss
Australian Superbike MotoGP Supports in 2018
Troy Bayliss

“MotoGP is a great weekend of racing, and for us, is relatively low pressure, with no championship on the line, so I’m really looking forward to being able to spend some time relaxing with a small group of people throughout the weekend. I’m planning on getting a few old mates in for chat throughout the weekend too which will be a lot of fun!

DesmoSport Ducati Australian MotoGP Experience
Troy Bayliss

The team has indicated that they will also race in the support Superbike support category over the weekend, however have yet to confirm if it will be Bayliss or Jones who will race or on which of the teams two ASBK spec race bikes, the V4R or the Pangale FE.

Tickets include

  • Track entry
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Major motorcycle events set to compete

Riders will be spoilt for choice this November as two major motorcycle events compete in NSW and the Melbourne Moto Expo returns.

The events will be run over three consecutive weekends, stretching the motorcycle industry resources.

Meanwhile, other states are missing out altogether.

Competing events

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Moto Expo

The biannual Moto Expo has been held in Sydney and Melbourne for the past few years and even included Brisbane in 2014.

This year the Sydney Moto Expo, which is owned by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, will become the Australian Motorcycle Festival and move from Sydney to Wollongong from November 8-10. The Melbourne Moto Expo will also return to Melbourne Showgrounds on November 23-25.

These events are run by Troy Bayliss Events which the three-time World Superbike champ established after retiring 11 years ago.

Some motorcycle companies have complained about the expense of displaying at the biannual Moto Expos, resulting in some brands being absent.

Consequently, the organisers have now chosen to change the NSW event from a Moto Expo to the Australian Motorcycle Festival and move to Wollongong where Harley-Davidson Australia held two Harley Days festivals in 2016 and ’17.

Harley will now stage its annual Harley Owners’ Group rally in Walcha during the Freak Show of Motorcycles festival also in November (15-17, 2019).Walcha Freak Show motorcycles HOG rally

While NSW and Victoria get a wealth of shows and festivals, other states are missing out.

A Troy Bayliss Events spokesman says they continue to talk with manufacturers about a major motorcycle show returning to Brisbane.

“At this point we don’t have enough manufacturers willing to support more than one major exhibition each year,” he says.

“We would love to come back to Queensland soon.”

Inaugural festivals

Brisbane Moto Expo events
Stunt displays

The inaugural Australian Motorcycle Festival will be held at Wollongong’s Lang Park on November 8-10 and include Round 3 of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship.

Instead of just motorcycle displays, the event will feature test rides, motorcycle demonstrations and stunt riding.

Similarly, the inaugural Freak Show of Motorcycles, which will be hosted in the same town as the HOG rally, will feature hillclimb, custom show, flat-track exhibition racing, stalls, music, outdoor cinema, trade show, globe of death, donuts and burnouts in a closed-off arena.

The Troy Bayliss Events spokesman says they are “glad we haven’t clashed on the same weekend as the HOG Rally”.

“We had actually discussed dates very early on to ensure we didn’t clash with HOG Rally, along with numerous other manufacturers so we did not clash with events such as Snowy Ride, ASBK and other events taking place in November and October,” he says.

“It’s great to see so many motorcycle events in Australia, hopefully more major motorcycle events are taken to the wider community to promote the motorcycle Industry in positives ways.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com