2021 marks the 20th anniversary of motorcycle racing legend Troy Bayliss’ first World Superbike (WSBK) title riding a Ducati. To celebrate the achievement, Ducati has created a limited-edition Panigale V2 Troy Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary tribute.
The motorcycle itself is based on a Panigale V2 with a special livery inspired by Bayliss’ 996R which he rode to take home the 2001 WSBK world title. Bayliss’ autograph is etched on the fuel tank, while the billet aluminum triple clamp shows the name of the bike and the progressive numbering of this limited edition model.
According to Ducati, this tribute bike is not just for looks, but also a capable track bike, complete with a top-shelf Öhlins fully-adjustable suspension package (NX30 and TTX36) for both the front and rear.
This tribute bike is 3-kilos lighter than a standard Panigale V2, largely thanks to the adoption of a lithium-ion battery and racing-inspired single-seat configuration, complete with the number 21 (Bayliss’s number) embroidery.
Other features include sport grips, superbike racing-inspired titanium exhaust, self-cleaning brakes, a quick shifter, ABS and traction control with cornering mode, wheelie control, several riding modes, and a 4.3-inch TFT screen to manage it with.
At the heart of the Troy Bayliss tribute bike is a 955cc Superquadro engine in “L2” configuration that churns out a maximum 157 Ps of power at 10,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 104 Nm at 9,000 rpm. The chassis is based on the monocoque frame, while the elegant and sporty design is inspired by that of the Panigale V4.
The Panigale V2 Troy Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary tribute will be available in Ducati showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year. it's priced at €20,990 (roughly PhP 1,250,000, taxes and duties not included).
Who is Troy Bayliss?
Troy Bayliss is a retired motorcycle racer from Australia. In 2006, Bayliss made history as he became the only motorcycle racer to win a race in both the WSBK and MotoGP in the same season.
He retired in 2008 after winning the WSBK title of that year. His 52 WSBK victories put him at 3rd in the all-time history of the championship, behind Jonathan Rea and Carl Fogarty.