Ducati is coming out out with a limited edition of its 1098 R superbike, described by the company as "the most advanced and powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle ever built," honoring its longtime racing champion Troy Bayliss. The Australian-born Bayliss represented Ducati Corse on the track for the past decade and captured three Superbike World Championships in the process, ending with the 2008 title. Only 1098 R Bayliss bikes will be produced worldwide, at a cost of about €35,000.
The Italian beauty features Bayliss' famed number 21 and the red, white and blue colour scheme used during his final race at Portimao in Portugal. The 1089 R Bayliss boasts 188 HP and 102 lb/ft torque from its L-Twin Testastretta Evoluzione engine, as well as a race-ready traction control system. It features an unpainted carbon fiber stripe along the seat unit, carbon lower-fairing finished in red, and a natural carbon fiber aerodynamic recess for the side-stand. A numbered plaque on the top fork clamp is reproduced on a commemorative plaque bearing the engraved signatures of Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio and Troy Bayliss himself.