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Ducati honors Troy Bayliss with limited edition motorcycle

December 20th, 2008

Motorcycle racing enthusiasts who invoke the spirit of Troy Bayliss at every tight corner can take the experience a step further by riding a special edition Ducati released in the racer's honor.

Motorcycle Having represented the Ducati name for ten years an bringing home three championships, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer has announced it will release a limited edition of 500 1098R Superbikes built to commemorate Troy Bayliss. Only 150 will be made available for the United States and Canadian market.

Enjoying exactly the same high specification as the standard 'R' model, the 1098 R Bayliss Limited Edition has a special color scheme designed by Aldo Drudi and approved by Troy Bayliss himself. The livery, which was used during Troy's final race at Portimao in Portugal, incorporates the key colors of his success. Sporting the famous number '21' on the pearl white nose and side-fairing number plates, the red and white paint scheme uses the dark blue background of the Australian national flag to blend beautifully along the side of the bodywork and into the unpainted carbon fiber stripe along the seat unit. This attention to fine detail is also evident in features like the carbon lower-fairing finished in red, except for aerodynamic recess for the side-stand, which remains natural carbon fiber.

Promising an engine with 188 HP;102 lb/ft torque (with included race kit) and traction control, the Troy Bayliss edition comes with a numbered plaque on the top fork clamp with the same production number featured on a commemorative desk-top plaque, beautifully encased for safe keeping and bearing the engraved signatures of Ducati Motor Holding CEO Gabriele Del Torchio and Ducati Corse triple World Superbike Champion, Troy Bayliss. The commemorative edition is expected to be priced at $44,995 and available in the United States and Canada.

Troy Bayliss won his most recent championship in November 2008, giving the rider the perfect backdrop for his announced retirement.

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