Ducati Museum new exhibition celebrates Troy Bayliss WSB title win

June 14, 2021


Amazing to think it is 20 years since Troy Bayliss first won a world title for Ducati in World Superbike.

To celebrate, The Ducati Museum has a new exhibition entitled: Troy Story: The Legend of a Champion. It was way back in 2000 that Bayliss – still pretty much unknown – was drafted into the WSB squad to replace the injured and later retiring Carl Fogarty.

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In 2001 – his first full season – he took his first of three WSB titles, taking 15 podiums along the way.

The machines he used in his time in WSB included the Ducati 996 and 998R, the 999 and 1098R factory machines – all are present in the exhibition.

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Bertie Simmonds

As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996. With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004. With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike.

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