V-POWERED TO A 'BAYLISSTIC' VICTORY
The unstoppable Troy Bayliss, fresh from snatching his second World Superbike title for Ducati at Imola at the beginning of October, ended the month with another major victory for Ducati at the 2006 MotoGP finale at Valencia on Sunday.
Called in as a last minute replacement for the injured Sete Gibernau, the Australian rode the Shell V-Power fuelled Ducati Desmosedici GP6 to victory. He is the first Superbike rider -- let alone the first Superbike World Champion -- to cross over to MotoGP and win a race in the same year -- a Baylisstic achievement!
Bayliss started from the front row in second position, where he was sandwiched between his Ducati team mate, Loris Capirossi, and seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi.
Not only was Bayliss on top form. Team mate Capirossi helped make Valencia a true Ducati show, smashing the lap record on the twisty Spanish circuit during the race. Together, the pair finally gave the Ducati MotoGP squad its first one-two MotoGP finish -- a perfect farewell to the 990cc Desmosedici GP6, which will be replaced by the already fast 800cc GP7 for next year.
'I started the Desmosedici project with Loris at the end of 2002, so to be able to come back and finish off the story at the last 990 race was incredible. I work very closely with Shell in Superbike and I was confident that, with the right fuel and lubricants as well as the right tires, I could win this race.' said Bayliss, 2006 World Superbike Champion and MotoGP race winner.
This has been a particularly sweet weekend for Shell's engineers, as well. Dr. Wolfgang Warnecke, Shell Global Fuels Development Leader, explains: 'Since the Ducati partnership began in 1999 we have had remarkable success in World Superbikes with Ducati, and once we stepped in to MotoGP with Ducati we have dreamed of a day like this. All the hard work developing the tailored V-Power fuel has paid off, both in World Superbikes and MotoGP. We are also extremely proud of Troy's achievement today which shows him as one of this era's great motorcycle racers.''
Working hand in hand with Ducati, the Shell scientists have been continually tweaking their blends of tailored Shell V-Power fuel and Shell Advance lubricants to give more power and responsiveness to the Ducati race bikes. The success of the partnership's quest for performance is borne out by the fact that the Ducati Desmosedici remains the fastest-ever MotoGP bike, with Loris Capirossi achieving a remarkable 347.7 km/h (215.864 mph) at the Barcelona circuit in 2004.
The fruits of Shell's MotoGP and SBK labours can even be found on Shell forecourts. Developed using the knowledge gained with Ducati Corse, Shell V-Power fuel, which has just been launched in Troy's native Australia, is available throughout most of the world, giving every rider and driver the same quality performance and protection that is required in the harshest of motorsport racing environments.