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Race legend’s son in top Aussie comp

Oli follows Troy Bayliss tyre tracks

Oli Bayliss
Oli Bayliss

The son of Australia’s three-time World Superbke champion, Troy Bayliss, will contest the entire 2021 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) aboard the DesmoSport Ducati V4 R.

Oli started racing in the Australian Supersport series in 2017 at the age of 13 and the following year was alongside his dad who raced in Superbikes.

He stepped up to the top category with a few races last year on the Ducati Panigale V4 R.

Now he will compete in the entire series and his dad couldn’t be happier.

“He’s had two years racing the 600 now and learnt a lot, but we really want to keep him progressing, and after some good days riding the Panigale V4 R last year, he showed he can handle the bike,” Troy says. 

“When it comes down to it, DesmoSport Ducati is a professional team and we’re motivated to not only win, but also grow as a team and Oli has proven that he’s fit, motivated and skilled enough to make this step forward in his career, so I’m looking forward to what the 2021 season has to offer”.

Oli is also stoked.

The Panigale V4 R is such an amazing bike to ride, and the laps and races at Morgan Park last year gave me even more confidence that I can be competitive against Australia’s best racers,” he says. 

“I’m training harder than ever and I can’t wait for the test, scheduled at the end of January, to jump on my DesmoSport Ducati Panigale V4 R”.

Oli follows Troy Bayliss tyre tracks

Team Co-Owner, Ben Henry, says he’s proud to be able to give Oli this opportunity. 

“I’ve watched him grow through his entire road-racing career, and his performance at Morgan Park last year was enough for Troy and I to be confident in his ability on a superbike,” Ben says. 

“It for sure will be another steep learning curve, but Oli is a smart racer, and if he applies himself properly he just might surprise himself and a few others as he continues to progress in 2021″.

Only says he appreciates the faith Ben, his dad and Ducati have put in him.