With just seven days until the second annual Motul Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic at Taree Motorcycle Club a number of the international competitors have started to arrive in Australia.
Japanese rider Masatoshi Ohmori, has spent the past week in the Hunter region, hosting coaching clinics and practicing at Barleigh Ranch Motorcycle Track.
Two-time AMA Pro Grand National Singles Champion Henry Wiles arrives tomorrow and will head straight to Gunnedah to do some testing with Kawasaki Australia ahead of the event, while the remainder of the field will converge on the NSW regional centre over the coming days.
Troy Bayliss says: “It is all coming together nicely. There is a real buzz in the town and the track itself is looking really good.
“The track improvements have all been completed which will make for a better experience. The new three-car entry will also make a big difference for those driving to event.”
This years Motul Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic will also boast two father and son combinations with Troy’s son Oliver and Jamie Stauffer’s son Max both set to contest the 9-U13 65cc and 9-U13 85cc -15cc classes
Troy Bayliss says: “It is pretty cool to be riding at the same event as Ollie. We support each other and there nothing better than riding bikes together.”
Off track features for this years event include World Freestyle Trials Champion Jack Field, a Kiddimoto come and try zone for the kids, a trade display areas, rider signings and open pit walks.
The Motul Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic will be held at Taree Motorcycle Club on Saturday 18th January. Gates will open to the pubic at 7.00am with Practice to commence at 9.00am and racing from 10.00am through until 9.00pm.
Riders including internationals Henry Wiles (USA), Sammy Halbert (USA), Masatoshi Ohmoir (Japan) and Shane King (NZ) will take part in a media call at 12.30pm on Thursday 16th January at Taree Motorcycle Club.
Online Tickets can be purchased right up until 7.00pm on Friday 17th January.