A strong 2023 season awaits for Australia’s Oli Bayliss, as he takes on his second World Supersport season campaign – his first, however, with the D34G Racing team.
The FIM Supersport World Championship will once again see an Australian line up on the grid, with Gold Coast rider Oli Bayliss heading into his second season campaign. Bayliss made a promising start in World Supersport in 2022, and says he will be heading into the 2023 season with a fighting approach.
Oli Bayliss spoke about his first year in the World Supersport paddock, speaking of the challenges that were present: “Our biggest issue in 2022 was that we were going to new tracks, and Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 was pretty much just us learning the new tracks, and we would go into Q1 with no real bike set up as we were still learning. I’ve got the toughest season over and done with now, so this year it’s time to start working and fighting for better results.”
With a successful end to his maiden year in World Supersport, Oli Bayliss will be making a team change in 2023 as he switches to the D34G Racing team, while remaining on his Ducati Panigale V2 machinery.
Oli Bayliss: “I feel really good about this season – the D34G Racing team had some good results last year. It looks like a strong team and I hope that during the season we can keep progressing. I think if we’re going to have a podium anywhere with the team, it will be here. I am hoping that we have some good testing over the next two days, and then we can head into the weekend really fighting for a strong position at my home round.”
Speaking further about his team change, Bayliss said he is excited to still be remaining on the Ducati Panigale V2 for his 2023 campaign.
Oli Bayliss: “The first season on a new bike was always going to be a hard one, no one really knew how it was going to perform of all things. I think definitely, last year all the Ducati’s took a step in the right direction, so I think heading into 2023 the Ducati will be strong.”
For the first time since 2020, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit will host the opening round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, for the Grand Ridge Brewery Australia Round. For Oli, it’s a special moment for the 19-year-old, racing in front of his home crowd yet again.
Oli Bayliss: “Yeah, it’s hard to express my feelings when I am racing, but for sure racing home is a good change from when I am racing overseas. The atmosphere when I race in Australia is great, I can speak the language which certainly makes things a lot easier, and of course of all, I am excited to race in front of my home crowd again, it will be a very special way to start the season.
Oli Bayliss just rounded out his first Free Practice session of the Grand Ridge Brewery Australian Round – Official Test in 7th place, with a 1:34.989.