Bayliss to Compete on a Ducati in All One-Mile AMA Pro Grand National Events
It’s official, Troy Bayliss is coming to America to chase his dream of winning a flat track mile. In a factory supported five race deal with the legendary Lloyd Brothers Motorsports team, and financial backing provided by noted Ducati collector James E. Dillard III, Bayliss will compete alongside teammate Johnny Lewis. Bayliss, a three time World Superbike Champion is a long time Ducati racer as well as a busy brand ambassador who most recently filled in for Davide Giugliano on the Aruba.it Superbike Team for the two opening races, so it’s no surprise he (and Johnny Lewis) will be racing Ducati 1100cc air cooled 2 valve engines on custom chassis’s with Penske suspensions.
Ducati fans familiar with flat track know the Lloyd Brothers have been fielding Ducati racers for years and are considered the preeminent experts at making Ducati’s go fast and turn left on dirt. Adding Troy Bayliss to the mix, who is, in our opinion, the most capable dirt and flat track Ducati racer in the world at the moment is a combination with true potential. Say’s CEO of Ducati North America, Dominique Cheraki, “I think Ducati fans around the world will be excited about this project, as you know anything can happen when Troy sits on a Ducati.”
Bayliss: “Dirt and flat track racing are where I cut my teeth as a junior. Everything I have learned on the dirt helped me through my career in road racing and to find myself back where it all started makes me feel young again,” said Bayliss. “To race the Grand Nationals will be a challenge, but to compete with the Lloyd Brothers on the Ducati had to be done. Flat track is on the up here in Australia. We have run the Troy Bayliss Classic for the past three years and mixing it up with Henry Wiles, Jared Mees and Sammy Halbert has been great. I really look forward to my time in the US of A.”
Lewis, who is new to the team but accomplished in the sport, has a big season ahead of himself as well as an introduction to the sort of Ducati fan passion few brands experience. “I couldn’t be more excited to join a program like Lloyd Brothers Motorsports,” said Johnny Lewis. “I feel the Ducati will be the best bike I have ever been given a chance to throw a leg over in the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship. With this team and their supporters, I feel we can look forward to some great performances this season. I have been working hard this off season, training on and off of the bikes in Florida and I know that the Lloyd Brothers have been making constant improvements to the bikes to provide me with the opportunity to once again be a podium contender at each race.” Lewis will race the whole season and the X Games as well in addition to the miles. Yes, you read that right. A Ducati is going to the X Games in Austin, flat track has been added to the program for the first time in 2015.
But wait, there’s more… Ducati.net and DucTalk are part of the sponsor package that helped put this together for Troy Bayliss and Lloyd Brothers Motorsport team and will be traveling to the miles with the crew. Stay tuned for details on how to join us. Here’s the schedule:
Troy Bayliss’ Race Schedule – 2015 AMA Pro Grand National Series
- May 24 – Springfield Mile (Round 3)
- May 30 – Sacramento Mile (Round 4)
- July 4 – Du Quoin Mile (Round 7)
- July 11 – Indy Mile (Round 8)
- September 6 – Springfield Mile II (Round 13)