Troy Bayliss began his racing career back home in Australia, competing in motocross and dirt track racing before entering the Australian 250GP Championship before moving into the 600 class.
In 1997, Bayliss substituted for an injured rider at the Phillip Island Superbike World Championship event, which showcased his talent and he was soon signed by GSE Racing to compete in Britain.
‘Baylisstic’ appeared in his first season in the UK, getting to grips with the tricky UK circuits before taking the title at the final round of the 1999 season, accumulating a total of nine race wins.
He then moved to the American Championship, before he was called up by Ducati to replace injured Carl Fogarty in the factory Superbike World Championship team. From there he didn’t look back, celebrating three World titles in the Superbike series and became a MotoGP race winner.