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Rossi and Bayliss Duel in the Desert

Thursday, December 18, 2008
Rossi capped an all-Yamaha podium at Le Mans  recording his 90th career victory in the process.
Rossi and Bayliss scrapping out in the desert at Losail... Looks like it's a go.
It is a promoter’s dream. And it is looking more real all the time!

“The Duel in the Desert!” February 14, 2009, Losail, Qatar! Reigning MotoGP World  Champion Valentino Rossi takes on reigning World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss in the battle for World Roadracing Bragging Rights…and with Max Biaggi on the new Aprilia RSV4 looking for vengeance and the world’s best Superbike riders, including AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies, all in with a chance. Be there!”

Valentino Rossi was never kidding when he said he wanted to have a go at Troy Bayliss, reigning and now retired Superbike World Champion. In fact, he tried to convince Yamaha to prepare an R1 for him in time for the final race of the 2008 season at Portimao, Portugal.

I talked to Yamaha officials at Portimao and found the usually cooperative Yamaha Europe racing boss, Laurens Klein Koerkamp, to be evasive and even nervous. When I asked what his comment was on the Moto Sprint story he almost ran away, saying, “I can't comment. I haven't read the story.”

Rossi has since used almost every interview opportunity to talk about how much he enjoys watching World Superbike racing, how much more exciting it is than MotoGP, and how much he would like make a World Superbike ride.

Now Moto Sprint is reporting in Italy that Rossi will ride an R1 at the second round of the World Superbike Championship in Losail, Qatar, on March 15th and that Troy Bayliss, with the full blessing of Ducati Corse, has agree to come out of retirement to make one final ride on the 1098 against Rossi, who would ride one of the new “Long Bang” R1 Yamahas, the bikes that will be campaigned this year by reigning AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies and Tom Sykes of Great Britain.

Troy Bayliss scored more championship points in one race than Cardoso and was just one shy of Ellison - Valencia
Troy Bayliss dropped in on MotoGP during the 2006 finale, when after taking his second SBK crown he smoked the GP crew at Valencia in a one-off ride with Ducati.
This sounds like an Ali-Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” of 1974 in Zaire, and I am giving notice that the patent for “Duel in the Desert” is mine.

The British press, caught off-guard, is playing down the story today, like they always do when they miss one. Spain’s Motociclismo and Solo Moto, closer to the Italian scene, are giving more credence to the Moto Sprint story with affirmations by Rossi, Bayliss, and Davide Tardozzi than to the denials coming from Yamaha’s GP Racing Boss Lin Jarvis.

Jarvis says that there are no plans for this to happen, and that is probably true… no plans that Yamaha and Jarvis know about, but Rossi, who has tested a Ferrari F1 car and taken part in World Rally events, appears to have almost absolute freedom to do what he wants outside the confines of the MotoGP season. And, as Honda learned at the end of 2003, what Valentino wants, Valentino gets -- or he walks.

Read the rest of this article at SPEEDtv.com

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Comments
W- RICE -THE MAN ROSSI  March 31, 2010 11:45 AM
BAYLISS IS A GREAT RIDER BUT ROSSI IS THE KING OF RIDER
Chi town R1 guy -Dream race  January 23, 2009 04:03 AM
Bayliss vs Rossi vs Pedrosa vs Haga vs Stoner vs Biaggi and whoever else can hang wud be my dream race
TED BUNDY -:)  January 18, 2009 07:16 PM
bayliss come out of retirement please!!!!!!! WSBK will not be the same.
Gann -Hoping it will happen.  December 19, 2008 12:01 PM
Kudos to you guys for reporting this..... it sort of makes me wonder what might have been if Bayliss were allowed to bring his famed WSB crew to MotoGP like he did at that Valencia race.
thewall -The two kings  December 18, 2008 09:07 PM
As fun as this would be it really wouldn't prove anything, not just a single race. A whole season of Rossi vs Bayliss in WSBK, now that would be fun. Anyway, this one race thing ain't happening. But, it'd be a lot cooler if it did.
Jimbolaya -You can't buy a story this good!  December 18, 2008 07:47 PM
Thanks for the report; of all the bike sites I love yours gets the best scoops like this! Now the question is: For who the heck do we ROOT? As the proverb goes: bet'a than fiction!
Son -Baylissimo  December 18, 2008 07:02 PM
I love Bayliss..he is the people's champ!! I would hate to see someone take either of those guys out during the race though...they should just do a match race like in horse racing...we don't care about the other riders anyway..lol..go Baylisstic missile!!..Rossi is the best though..
x2468 -!!!!!!!  December 18, 2008 02:45 PM
that would be &^%$ING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!