Australian Motorcycle News (AMCN) is reporting that Bayliss has been given the go-ahead to compete in certain AMA Grand National Twins races aboard a Ducati flat tracker with factory backing. The report states the motorcycles will be provided by the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports team, the same team responsible for the Harley-defeating Ducati flat tracker ridden by Joe Kopp in 2010. We’ve reached out to Dave Lloyd, who along with brother Michael form Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, for confirmation and will update the article with any information he might be able to provide.
Bayliss has been an ambassador for flat track racing as of late, competing in Marc Marquez’s Superprestigio event in December, 2014. He also promoted and raced in the 2015 Motul Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic in January, 2015, inviting American flat track stars Brad Baker, Jared Mees, and Henry Wiles to ride against some of the best dirt track stars in Australia. From our interview with Mees, we know the two hit it off well and Bayliss was a gracious host.
According to the AMCN article, Bayliss has “wanted to have a go at dirt-track racing in America,” for quite some time. The feeling is mutual. We’d love to see Bayliss racing here in the States, too.
Bayliss may have left a clue to his intentions on his Facebook page on April 3 when he said about the picture above “Hmm, I like that #Ducati #Mile”