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Bayliss announces Ducati split

Bayliss announces Ducati split

Bayliss announces Ducati split

Troy Bayliss has announced that he will not be riding with Ducati next year after confirmation that the Italian factory have decided not to extend his contract beyond the end of the current season. The Australian delivered the news on the eve of his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island but expressed his desire to remain in MotoGP.

"It's been difficult for everyone at Ducati – we expected to do a lot better this year but it hasn't happened and it's taken halfway through the year before we even got going," said Bayliss. "Since then we've had a bit of bad luck and mine is continuing because I've found out I won't be continuing with Ducati next year.

"It's like the final kick in the teeth. It's been a hard year and I've done everything I can. I've been riding a long time with Ducati and it would be a different story if the bike had been winning every weekend but it hasn't been doing that so… these things happen, you know.

"You take it on the chin and just because it's like this it doesn't mean I'm just going to cruise around for the last couple of races - I want to always do the best I can. We're staying on to test after this and I'll do everything I can to try and improve this bike.

"Like I said before I believe in what Ducati can do with a bike and I'm sure they're going to make this bike work in the future but it's a shame I'm not going to be here to enjoy it.

"I'm confident in what I can do with myself. I'm a racer and all racers believe in themselves but I would like to stay in MotoGP because I don't think I've shown what I can do and time will tell.

"It's a bit unclear at the moment how it's going to turn out but I'm sure that in the next week or two weeks things are going to unfold for me and for a lot of other people as well. As for now I'm in a vicious little circle and hopefully it's going to straighten itself out."

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MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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