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Sweet finish to a tough weekend for Troy Bayliss in Rio

Sweet finish to a tough weekend for Troy Bayliss in Rio

Sweet finish to a tough weekend for Troy Bayliss in Rio

A first visit to Brazil for former World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss ended in the best possible way on Saturday afternoon, even though he could only manage a disappointing tenth place finish in the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix. Moments after dismounting the Ducati Desmosedici after a problematic and laborious 24 laps, the Australian received the news that his wife had given birth to a baby boy at their home in Monaco.

"I was so disappointed with the race because starting from the second row I was hoping for another good showing," explained Bayliss, who lies fifth in the championship – eleven points behind his team-mate Loris Capirossi. "We actually made a few changes to the bike before the start and basically it just got worse and worse as the race went on and it became a fight between me and the bike. I gave it 100% and then 110% but no matter how much effort I put in I couldn't make it go forward, but we have to take responsibility for that because we decided on the changes and the tyre choice so there is no blame."

"Anyway, I soon forgot about the result when I got off the bike because Kym rang me and told me she'd given birth to Oliver!" added Bayliss, who already has two children called Mitch and Abbey. "It was a bit of a shock because I was calling her in the morning but I couldn't get through so she must have been in labour because she gave birth at 8 o'clock Rio time. That quickly put a smile back on my face I can tell you!"

MotoGP, 2003

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