Bayliss would need $1.5M to face Rossi

World Superbike champion retired on top

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Dec. 23, 2008
Troy Bayliss has named his price for coming out of retirement to face Valentino Rossi in a proposed race between the two champions.

The retired World Superbike champion told it would take about 1 million British pounds (US$1.5 million) to convince him to face MotoGP champion Rossi, though Bayliss says it’s not likely to happen.

Bayliss has not raced since capturing two wins in the World Superbike season finale Nov. 2 in Portimao, Portugal.

“For me right now I’ve stopped training and I’m happy with my plan to finish. I’m feeling happy that the last time I rode I was world champion plus I won both races and beat all the other guys out there,” Bayliss told “For me to do it (race Rossi), I’d need something like £1m and that’s not going to happen.”

After retiring on a winning note, Troy Bayliss says it would take $1.5M to convince him to race against Valentino Rossi.Bayliss did confirm that Rossi brought up the idea of a race between them, as reported by Spanish magazine Solo Moto. The weekly publication was the first to report about a proposed race between Bayliss on his Ducati 1098 F08 and Rossi on a Superbike spec Yamaha YZF-R1. Bayliss’ comments to were the first official statements from either rider.

“I spoke with Valentino and he told me that he wants to race me really badly!” Bayliss told “It wouldn’t be so hard for him to be competitive on a Superbike, Yamaha have got a strong bike so it would (be) no problem at all for him to get up to speed. Valentino Rossi is Valentino Rossi.”

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