Brought to you by
Wow, up and at before noon on a Monday or even the latest of Tuesday as of late. I’m not sure why I’m refreshed and ready to write on my regular schedule this AM but I am and I like it.
Yamaha announces retirement of John Bayliss
It is with great respect and appreciation that Yamaha Motor Canada announces the retirement of John Bayliss after more than 30 years with the company.
Bayliss started his career with Yamaha Motor Canada in April of 1987. Always positive and enthusiastic about motorcycling and all things Yamaha, John was a Product Manager from 1988 up until his retirement. His most recent title was Product Manager, Motorcycles, ATV, ROV and OPE.
Bayliss was a key brand figure at Yamaha press launches and media rides over the last three decades, leading product presentations for some of the most important motorcycles in Yamaha’s history.
However, John is perhaps best known within the industry for his tireless and passionate involvement in motorcycle racing, where he spent many years spearheading Yamaha’s Canadian competition efforts. As a race manager during his tenure at Yamaha Motor Canada, John was instrumental in several road racing championships won by legends like Steve Crevier, Michel Mercier, Pascal Picotte and Frank Trombino. The Yamaha factory road racing program reached its apex in 2003 and 2004 under the management of Bayliss, during which time Picotte brought in double championships two years in a row in Pro Superbike and Pro 600 Sport Bike.
Bayliss was also instrumental in partnering the Yamaha brand with Mercier’s Fast Riding School in the early 1990s. To this day, Yamaha Motor Canada is a supplier of student motorcycles for this long-standing track riding school.
Most recently, Bayliss helped to organize support of 2017 CSBK Pro Sport Bike Champion Tomas Casas as well as the Z1 Tuning Superbike program that saw Bodhi Edie win a race and finish fifth overall in the 2017 CSBK Pro Superbike Championship.
Yamaha Motor Canada wishes to thank John Bayliss for his three decades of dedication, professionalism, and unmatched enthusiasm for racing and motorcycling. Happy retirement, JB!
This is a sad day but a very welcomed one for an old friend of mine John Bayliss. What it doesn’t say in this PR is how John also played a huge roll in the Motocross side of things where he dealt with budgets and bikes for shops and teams. From 1993 till 2000 he was the guy I talked with to organize my race plans each year (he and Pete Swanton actually. He retires as well very soon so expect another PR sharing his astonishing career with Yamaha as well) under the Machine Racing team with the guidance of John Nelson. Basically, 100% of anything I’ve done on a bike was with Yamaha in my career so guys like John Bayliss were like family in a way. Like anyone dealing with the craziness of my career John had moments where he was blown and away and moments where he likely would have liked to blow me away. I remember this one time when discussing deals after the 1997 season which went decently for me and the team. John Nelson, John Bayliss and I were in a closed room at Yamaha when about 10 minutes in Nelson and I started arguing like usual. After a couple minutes of listening, Bayliss stood up with a vein nearly popping in his forehead from frustration and yelled at us like a couple of teenage idiots. I will never forget the speech, (very loud) “Would you two idiots shut up. We’re in a corporate building, not some daycare center for the dummies. Is this the way you always talk to each other? It’s usually entertaining but not in here, so shut up and listen. (There may or may not have been some swearing in there)” Both Nelson and I were in shock and shut up like a couple of kids that just got in trouble by the principal. We still share that story to this day. Not sure if Bayliss will ever read or see this but I wish you the best of luck in retirement. You would an intricate part of my racing career and I appreciate everything you did for me. You were there for my very first podium in 1995 and my last in 2006. Thanks for everything John, enjoy!
It’s all about planning for 2018 right now with the slow time of year upon us all. With a three week break in the action from Future West, there really is no racing taking part in Canada for a month. Last year this time we were all following the Rockstar Energy Drink Canadian Arenacross series but with the shift in that schedule where the series doesn’t start until spring, we now have a solid break to recap and regroup for 2018.In Ontario, it’s getting our new AMO schedule together for our amazing members to chase in 2018. With the rumors of Walton back, another track added to Gopher property, RJ’s possible opening their doors to AMO, and hopefully adding a couple new tracks to test out, the 2018 season is exciting. Though, that’s what I’m supposed to say, right? To win your vote and collect your money? Well, I’m not lying because each year at this time it does get exciting with possibilities. Not everything happens or works out but right now people get to chatting and things get exciting. I’m the kind of guy that wants answers right away so I can deliver good news to the folks helping pay the bills: you the customer. But that’s not the way the game is played. It’s a process of BS at times that usually ends going the way the very first chat started but the drag out and frustration is like payment to pay the game. Bummer these items don’t actually pay because I would be the richest man alive, LOL. I really hope it all goes to plan as it only makes life easier for us and the more important part, you, to go racing. Stay tuned!
Yesterday was one of the most amazing and toughest days rolled into one I’ve had since being a parent. When I’m, home I’m pretty lazy. I travel lots and the workload I usually do removes the energy right out of me for a while. Maybe it’s the fumes, maybe it’s the hours, or maybe I’m just useless away from the track. Regardless of what it is, I tend to take advantage of home life in sweatpants. This Sunday was different. Both my boys are enrolled in this “Little Kickers” programs which soccer and games. Jake, the oldest, loves it and seems to enjoy the structure and listening side of it all. Ryley, well he’s a lot more work, but he is only 1.5 years of age so it comes with the age. I’ve never seen so much up and down momentum with a child since my first roller coaster. It was a wild start to the morning that could make any parent run for the hills screaming. After Little Kickers, it was off to a new track so Jake and I could moto down with some friends. I can honestly share the track and dirt couldn’t have been any better as well the sweet fall weather. Being outdoors with the kids and having fun is the ultimate high. When enjoyment used to be going to bars, chasing chicks, getting waxed, and spending money but now it’s a lot simpler and even better sharing it with my kids. Even the moments if “blow up” where they cry and scream till your brain twitches and your bones hurt from flexing so hard with anger the good times make that seem like nothing. Find the fun and roll with it!