Three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss surfaced from retirement for the opening two rounds of 2015 SBK, the Australian substituting for the injured Davide Giugliano on the Aruba Ducati Panigale R.
Following 9-11 finishes at round two in Thailand, Bayliss said it was his final racing appearance. The 45-year-old Bayliss said he was now ready to return to “enjoying life with my family,” and will leave “things to the young talents.”
Bayliss is a huge idol to many of these young talents, and puts smiles on Ducatisti around the world. Though he won’t be racing, Bayliss remains one of Ducati’s most influential spokespersons. And this spokesperson role surfaced when Bayliss toured Ducati Motor Thailand factory following the Thai round of WSBK, and participated in a meet-and-greet with factory personnel.
Bayliss completed the tour with Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati Corse Sporting Director and MotoGP Project Manager), Production Manager, Surasak Lalitkaigtul, and Pierfrancesco Scalzo (Ducati Asia General Manager – Sales & Marketing).
The 237,000-square foot Thailand facility was built to supply Ducati motorcycles throughout the ASEAN regions, and produces every model of the Italian manufacturer’s range, meeting the same high standards of quality achieved at the HQ in Bologna, Italy.
“I was really impressed when we drove into the factory and saw how big and modern it is” said Troy Bayliss. “It was great to tour the production lines and see the Scramblers being made. Meeting the workers was really nice, everyone’s so enthusiastic and they’re doing a great job,” Bayliss said.
Ciabatti also commented: “Visiting the factory here in Thailand has been a great opportunity. It really is an incredible facility and I was very impressed with the layout and efficiency of production. It was also good to see how the workers in Ducati Motor Thailand have the same passion for Ducati as they do at home back in Borgo Panigale, Bologna.”
Scalzo expressed his gratitude for the VIP visit and underlined its significance to the region: “We are honored that Troy and Paolo have taken time out of their busy schedules to visit the Ducati Motor Thailand factory. Here in Asia we are delivering the same premium and unique Ducati experience as in Italy, and the staff here at the factory are driven by the same incredible passion. This visit rewards that passion and shows just how much Ducati cares for this exciting region.”
Troy Bayliss and Paolo Ciabatti continue their Thai schedule with a visit to the Ducati stand (A18) at the Bangkok International Motorshow.
Troy Bayliss Tours Ducati Thailand Factory Photo Gallery