One year after Ducati's great season in MotoGP, the 1098 F08 started competing in the Superbike World Championship.
2008 was the first season for this Ducati and the last for Troy Bayliss. Troy was thirty-nine years old, but still able to compete at the highest level. And that is exactly what he did together with the official team, by bringing Ducati back to the top of the World Superbike championship after its success in MotoGP.
Eleven victories allowed him to win the Rider's title by a wide margin over his direct rivals.
Troy Bayliss achieved what no other Ducati rider had ever done in the Superbike World Championship, namely winning three Riders’ titles with three different generations of bikes: the 996 R, the 999 and the 1098. The way he dominated his last season confirms that the Australian rider has been the protagonist of an extraordinary career, with fifty-two victories overall.
To celebrate his third title, Troy decided to teach the world a bit of mathematics, by adding a plus sign between 2 and 1 in his race number, which then becomes 2 + 1, equalling to "three times world champion". To go out with a bang, he put his signature on the tank of the bike after the last race.