News 11 Sep 2009

MotoGP: Bayliss to join Australian Grand Prix Legends display


Three of the biggest names in the history of Australian motorcycle racing will ride again when the ‘Legends of MotoGP’ display takes to the track at the 2009 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

For the first time since the inception of the ‘Legends of MotoGP’ display, Aussie hero Troy Bayliss will join Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan on the grid at Phillip Island.

The trio will ride demonstration laps of the 4.4km circuit in front of a bumper crowd on Saturday, 17 October and Sunday, 18 October 2009.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Drew Ward, said the inclusion of Bayliss completes the perfect line-up of Aussie superstars.

“It was Gardner, Doohan and more recently Bayliss’ success that has helped to cement Australia’s reputation as one of the world’s greatest motorcycling nations,” he said.

“We are thrilled to announce them as a part of the on-track line-up at the 2009 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.”

Between them, the Aussie legends have nine world championships. Gardner took the 500cc title in 1987, while Doohan won five back-to-back 500cc titles from 1994 – 1998. Bayliss collected three world Superbike championships in 2001, 2006 and 2008.

The 2009 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix will also host the Australian Historic class and round six of the Australian Superbike Championship showcasing the best of local talent in both the Superbike and Supersport classes.

2009 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix – Phillip Island – 16 – 18 October

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