Minichamps MIN122040012 2004 Ducati Desmosedici D'Antin Marlboro Team MotoGP Bike - Troy Bayliss (1:12 Scale)
"I get a call from Ducati asking if I was interested in the ride. I didn't need asking twice...!"
- Troy Bayliss, after being approached by the Ducati Factory to replace the injured "King Carl" Fogarty
After 15 years of stunning success in the streetbike-based World Superbike Championship, Ducati now also enters the MotoGP fray with the Ducati MotoGP Team, its riders Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi racing an all-new prototype machine - the Desmosedici V4 - while the factory also confirms its commitment, presence and faith in the World Superbike Championship.
Affectionately called 'the Ferrari of motorcycling' by bike fans, the Italian factory's Ducati MotoGP Team project will fascinate and enthral motorsports enthusiasts around the globe. The Desmosedici has already set some stunning times during winter testing, but Ducati Corse engineers are under no illusions as they take on rival factories from Japan, Italy and Britain in this technically challenging and competitive class of racing. The Desmosedici is a long-term racing project that allows Ducati to experiment with new technology, and Ducati Corse has increased its staff to 110 people to meet the biggest challenge of its illustrious history.
Take a look at this spectacular 1:12 scale 2004 Ducati Desmosedici D'Antin Team MotoGP bike driven by Troy Bayliss. This gorgeous replica features a working suspension and removable fairings that reveals an extremely detailed engine. Also includes a detachable kickstand.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Historical Account: "The Wizard of Oz" - Born on March 30th, 1969 at Taree, New South Wales, Australia, Troy Bayliss is a motorcycle racer who has twice won the World Superbike championship, as well as the British Superbike series, and a MotoGP race.
Both Troy and Colin moved to MotoGP in 2003, and it was Bayliss who was initially more successful. In Ducati's first season in the class their bike was highly competitive, with Troy taking 3 third places and finishing 6th overall in the championship. He briefly led at Philip Island, Brno and Welkom, and only narrowly losing the rookie of the year race to Nicky Hayden. Team-mate Loris Capirossi took their first win at the Circuit de Catalunya.
2004 was a difficult year for the team however, with Troy only 14th in the standings. Despite (or perhaps due to) its prodigious straight-line speed the bike didn't handle well, with Troy often over-riding and crashing frequently, this led to Troy's subsequent sacking from the factory Ducati squad, a part of which Troy had been for five years previous. This move was considered an unpopular one by many, considering that neither Troy nor Loris were able to perform as well as they had the previous year.
According to some, confirmation that Troy's sacking was influenced by sponsorship pressure rather than any performance based reasons was seen in the appointment of Carlos Checa as Troy's replacement. However, Troy is much older than Loris, and had not been as close to him in 2004 as he had in 2003, so some questioned whether he had any more to offer the team.
However, good results near the end of the season earned him a ride with Sito Pons' Camel Honda team for 2005, but was not a frontrunner, despite promising speed shown in his first tests on the 2004 machine and Alex Barros winning in Portugal. A severely broken arm meant that Troy was unable to compete in the final 6 races, had he done so, the season ending Valencian Grand Prix would have been his 50th Grand Prix appearance. Troy did give an insight as to his inability to crack into the upper echelons of Grand Prix racing, describing the Honda MotoGP bike and MotoGP bikes in general as too inflexible, rigid, and like a 250 for his style.
After the 2006 World Superbike season, he got another chance in MotoGP for the final race of the season in Valencia, after Sete Gibernau was injured. He qualified 2nd and led the whole race, which ended in a Ducati 1-2. Capirossi made no attempt to pass him, as a 2nd-place finish gave him 3rd overall, Nicky Hayden simply did enough to secure the title, and Valentino Rossi struggled with the handling of his Yamaha, but Troy still beat a strong field.