Valentino Rossi vs. Troy Bayliss is going to happen. One of the best MotoGP racers of all time and one of the best World Superbike racers of all time head a list of racing stars tabbed to take part in a drag race on Ducati Diavels as part of the World Ducati Week 2012 festivities. […]
Highlights From The Troy Bayliss Classic – Video
For the second year running, three-time World Superbike champion, Troy Bayliss’, self-titled slick track motorcycle race was full of action. However, unlike last year, Bayliss took home the crown in front of a capacity crowd of over 6000 people at the Taree Motorcycle Club.
Bayliss didn’t win the title easily, as American, and 2009 AMA Grand National champion, Sammy Halbert, set the fastest time during Superpole and challenged the Australian for the first half of the 21-lap race. He briefly took the lead before Bayliss snatched it back, and fell while trying to catch the former Ducati Superbike star. Halbert would quickly remount and finish in seventh position.
From there Bayliss easily cruised to victory, setting the fastest time of the race along the way with a 21.52-second lap. Following him home was Troy Herfoss, winner of the 2008 AMA Supermoto crown, and last year’s winner Michael Kirkness.
Of course, a written report doesn’t do the race action justice. Watch the video below to see the exciting 21-lap main.