Troy Bayliss to instruct at Ducati Riding Experience

By Andy Downes -

Riding Skills

 11 January 2011 13:00

Former World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss will give riding tuition at the 2011 Ducati Riding Experience at a series of dates at racetracks across Italy.

Bayliss retired from racing at the end of the 2009 season after one of the most successful careers in the WSB series – all with Ducati. He now returns to Ducati as an instructor on a limited number of days through the year.

New for 2011 is the Troy Bayliss Academy which will cost around £1600 but will give riders the chance to ride the new 1198SP on track with just three others with personal instruction from Bayliss.  

The Troy Bayliss Academy is the most expensive of the options available through the DRE with every level of rider catered for from novice to experienced track rider.

The Ducati press release explains: The DRE 2011 courses start a packed calendar of events from April at major circuits across Italy such as Adria, Imola, Monza and Mugello.

For those wanting to lay their very first tyre tracks on a motorcycle, the Basic course onboard Monster 796 motorcycles provides the perfect environment to learn in complete safety under the profession tuition of highly skilled instructors. More experienced riders who want to further improve their bike control skills will benefit from the Intermediate course, which uses Monster 796, Hypermotard 796 and Hypermotard 1100EVO models in specially prepared course exercises.

On the track, the Racing 1 course uses the brand new 848EVO to teach basic track riding-skills in an environment specifically designed for those taking to the track for the first time or who have limited track experience. The course is held exclusively at the Adria Circuit, a perfect place for a track-riding debut.

The Racing 2 course is fully intended for those who already have some track-riding experience and want to improve their style, technique and speed in a fully controlled and safe environment. Also using the Ducati 848EVO, participants will be under the professional tuition of highly experienced and accomplished instructors.

For those riders who already have well developed track skills, are comfortable with being in a high-speed environment and now want to take their riding to the next level, the Master course uses the new Ducati 1198 SP model with an impressive line-up of instructors.

DRE participants will enjoy considerable track-time on some of Italy’s top race circuits and full immersion into the world of Ducati, as well as tuition from an incredible line-up of instructors and champions from National, European and World level such as Dario Marchetti, Alessandro Polita and charismatic 500cc World Champion, Marco Lucchinelli.
2011 also sees the inclusion of the Troy Bayliss Academy, an exciting new and exclusive course designed to further extend opportunities for highly competent track-day riders aboard the new Ducati 1198 SP. Groups will be restricted to just four lucky riders per day, each riding with, and receiving direct tuition, from the legendary triple World Superbike Champion himself.
DRE course fees range from €350 (approx £290) for the Basic course to €2000 (approx £1600) for the Troy Bayliss Academy and include use of motorcycle, tyres, instructor, fuel, lunch and welcome kit. Course registration, which opens on 20 January 2011, is available exclusively on
Ducati Riding Experience courses

• Basic (Monster 796)
• Intermediate (Monster 796, Hypermotard 796, Hypermotard 1100EVO)
• Racing 1 (Superbike 848EVO)
• Racing 2 (Superbike 848EVO)
• Master (Superbike 1198 SP)
• Troy Bayliss Academy (Superbike 1198 SP)

Ducati Riding Experience calendar

• April 27-28  Adria  Basic*,Intermediate**, Racing I
• May 10-11-12  Imola  Basic*, Intermediate**, Racing 2, Master, Troy Bayliss Academy
• June 17   Mugello Basic, Intermediate, Racing 2, Master, Troy Bayliss Academy
• July 7-8   Monza Basic*, Intermediate**, Racing 2, Master, Troy Bayliss Academy
• September 14-15  Mugello Basic*, Intermediate**, Racing 2, Master, Troy Bayliss Academy