WSBK: Bayliss & BMW Italia at Motodays

World Superbike

The third edition of Motodays finished at the Fiera di Roma yesterday with a total of 108,000 people passing through the gates of the largest bike show in central-southern Italy over the three days.

World Superbike riders from the past and present were again the main attraction on Sunday, with three-times champion Troy Bayliss signing autographs for almost an hour on the main stage after awarding the prizes to the winners of the 2010 Supertwins Trophy.

Troy Bayliss says: "Motodays is a fantastic show and I want to thank everyone from Rome and Italy in general for the enthusiasm with which they greet me every time I come here. I heard that in a couple of years Valentino Rossi might finish his career in Superbike.

"In 2013 he’ll be the same age I was when I began to race on the international scene so he’s in a good position to do so but I honestly don’t think he’ll switch to production-based bikes. Vale is a phenomenon but I won my battle with him at Valencia, when I came back to win on the Ducati MotoGP bike while unfortunately he crashed."

The two BMW Motorrad Italia team riders James Toseland and Ayrton Badovini also signed autographs at the BMW stand, with two-times WSB champion Toseland guest of honour like last year.

James Toseland says: "It’s going to be a great season this year and I’m aiming to be closer to the front starting at Donington. We’ve got the right team and the right bike and I can’t wait to get going again. Motodays is a fantastic bike show and I’m happy to come back to Rome."