Superbike World Championship - round 13 Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari / Imola Italy - September 30th 2001

Champion's homecoming for Troy Bayliss

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin) was crowned 2001 Superbike World Champion at Assen. He now comes to Imola to celebrate that title a few kilometres away from the Ducati factory. " I didn't realize I was champion until the slowdown lap when I saw all the guys of the team with the T- shirt", Bayliss explains." I'd like to thank the Ducati Infostrada-Michelin team, all our sponsors and suppliers and all the engineers in Ducati. I'm smiling all the way through now and looking forward to going to Imola and have a decent race with all the pressure off!"

Ruben Xaus (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin) was the perfect teammate at Assen, helping his team leader clinch the title through two fine races. "I'm happy for Troy and the world championship and for Ducati it's fantastic," Xaus smiles.

Colin Edwards' (Castrol Honda-Michelin) Assen weekend was far less pleasant. "The championship's gone now but we've still got two more races to look forward to at Imola and I'll be going all out to win," warns the 2000 Superbike World Champion. "Troy (Bayliss) deserves the title. He's ridden hard all year and he's been consistent."

Edwards lies in second place in the current championship. He has a 31 point lead on Ben Bostrom (Ducati) with two races to go.

"The Michelin team is very happy for Troy Bayliss and his World Title," says Jean HÈrissÈ, Michelin's Superbike manager. "Now we're looking forward to Imola and to doing our best to help Colin Edwards keep his second place in the provisional standings."