Aside from 2005, when he rode a Honda in MotoGP, Bayliss spent the last decade aboard Ducatis. He won the '99 British Superbike Championship with Team GSE, then replaced an injured Carl Fogarty on the World Superbike squad the next year. This launched his successful partnership with team manager Davide Tardozzi and crew chief Ernesto Marinelli, with whom he won his first SBK title in '01. After a frustrating, three-year foray into MotoGP, Bayliss returned to his beloved Superbikes in '06. He won another title that year, followed by his third in '08, then promptly retired from the sport, the first world champion to go out on top since John Surtees a half-century earlier.