Big Names Abound At Troy Bayliss Classic

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PAMPOOLAH Australia – Thirty-five racers hailing from five countries will contest the 2016 Motul, Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic presented by Insure My Ride, Garden Master and Shark Helmets at Taree Motorcycle Club on Jan. 16.

The full rider line-up revealed Wednesday includes competitors from Australia, the U.S., the U.K., Japan and Sweden.

Eight international competitors including four-time Long Track World Champion Joonas Kylmakorpi, British Supermoto Champion Chris Hodgson, Japanese Flat-Track Champion Masotoshi Ohmori and America’s top five AMA Pro Flat Track racers Brad Baker, Sammy Halbert, Jared Mees, Henry Wiles and Jake Johnson will take on Australia’s top racers.

Equally, the list of Australian riders confirmed for the 2016 Troy Bayliss Classic reads as a who’s-who of Australian motorcycle racing, with the 27 racers collectively laying claim to over 200 national titles.

Event organizer Troy Bayliss said the rider line-up for the fourth installment of the popular event promised to deliver some incredible on-track battles.

“This event continues to grow and improve year-on-year and the 2016 event is shaping to be the biggest one yet,” Bayliss said.

“International interest in the Troy Bayliss Classic is gaining momentum, evident by the fact we have eight incredible racers from four countries, coming to take on a stellar line-up of some of Australia’s best motorcycle racers. The track has undergone a complete resurface courtesy of Taree Council and it will not be ridden on until the event, which means no one rider will have an advantage when the gates drop on Jan.  16.

“For me personally, I am looking forward to catching up with the fans and racing in front of a great line-up of our future motorcycle racing champions.”