Aprilia to Field 2nd team in SBK in 2010; Bayliss Interested in Ride?

Aprilia head of communications Alain Roger, in an interview with Caradisiac. com revealed that Aprilia will field another 2-bike team in World Superbikes in 2010. Roger was not forthcoming on who would manage the team or whether the team would be a satellite. Roger did infer however, that current factory rider Shinya Nakano could find his way onto the squad. Roger also dropped the bombshell that former World Champion Troy Bayliss approached the team inquiring about a ride. How serious or tongue-in-cheek that contact was is yet to be determined. As for other candidates for the seat alongside Max Biaggi, Roger said that it was too early to decide, given the number of "orphans" likely to exit MotoGP.

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Any GP rider who gets on that Aprilia in WSB is going to be a force to be reckoned with - in size and design it's almost a Moto2 bike but with WSB power.

It was great seeing Bayliss go out at the absolute top of his game. I hope that any return to the series is accompanied by the sort of performance we expect from him. It would be a shame to see him go down the Checa/Barros road to mediocrity, but then again you can hardly begrudge any rider a chance to keep riding in a world series.