LOADS OF talk in Italy at the moment about some quotes reportedly printed by Italian sports mag Corriere dello Sport which apparently has Valentino Rossi saying he wants a go at World Superbike - and would love it if Troy Bayliss came out of retirement for a one-off clash. According to unconfirmed reports so far, Rossi has said: "If there was an opportunity and the right date then I would race there tomorrow. I like World Superbikes to be mad, I like to watch it and I’d love to ride in it, the problem is the dates. “I do not know when but I hope that I can make a race in WSB. I am sad that I would not be able to race against Bayliss on track now because I would like to challenge him on a superbike. Maybe, if I ask him he might even come back for one race for the challenge.” According to the same reports, Ducati Xerox David Tardozzi is reported to have said: “We like this idea, but will Rossi really a race in Superbike? Bayliss is ready.” Last month Visordown reported how Rossi has openly slated MotoGP, prefering the bare knuckle, elbows out style of WSB. Now, like we said - and make note of this - we haven’t got confirmation of this yet, so this might all fizzle out into nothing more than a badly translated bit of wishful thinking on the part of a couple of eager race fans. But, if it’s not, imagine how amazing that would be - Rossi dipping into WSB to have a one-off battle against a returning Bayliss.
That would be awesome. Team him up with Sykes as a wild card entry at Yamaha.
If it ever happens and it should take place in europe then i’m going.
I read somewhere (I think it was Mike Scott) that Vale wanted to enter this years last WSB round at Portimao but the powers that be at MotoGP put a block on it. I imagine they fear he might jump ship and take all his fans with him.
I’d love to see all the top WSB and MotoGP riders in a one make shoot-out once a year:cool:
Yeah that would be fantastic!, could have the top 6 riders of each championship battling it out in one race!
Sounds like a great idea but what would they ride…WSB spec or Moto GP spec?
Maybe have a WSB style event where they ride both bikes in 2 races. Only problem i envisage would be what manufacturer would be used seeing as they are contracted?
Maybe it should be on C90’s or even Supermoto’s
I remember watching a thing on Eurosport years ago where the likes of Doohan, Foggy et al raced go-karts in Stad de France at a charity event.
They must be able to sort it out for bikes.
What kind of bike? Perhaps something uncompetitive like a Kawasaki;)
isnt rossi racing in that thing at wembley thats coming up?