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Bayliss eyes new challenge

Bayliss eyes new challenge

Bayliss eyes new challenge

Australian veteran Troy Bayliss is to leave the MotoGP scene as Ducati Corse have announced that the 36 year-old from Taree is to spearhead its WSBK challenge in 2006, alongside Italian Lorenzo Lanzi.

World Superbike Champion in 2001 with the Italian factory and runner-up to Colin Edwards in 2002, Bayliss made his MotoGP debut with the Ducati Marlboro team in 2003. In his rookie season in motorcycling's premier class he took sixth overall after clinching three podium finishes. Last year he slipped back to fourteenth in the championship before joining the Camel Honda team for 2005.

His campaign on Japanese machinery this time around has proved lacklustre and he has missed the last three rounds through injury and has been replaced by fellow Australian Chris Vermeulen this weekend at Phillip Island.

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