On the same weekend that Taree Motorcycle Club was holding Round 4 of its Club Championship at its Old Bar Road complex, father and son, Troy and Oli Bayliss, were both competing in Round 4 of the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship at Hidden Valley in Darwin.
Troy Bayliss, a triple World Superbike Champion (2001, 2006 and 2008 on Ducati), raced motorcycles in earlier years with Taree Motorcycle Club on “his home town track”, the Old Bar Roadside circuit.
In January of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Taree Motorcycle Club and Troy held the world-recognised Troy Bayliss Classic, with Transmoto reporting that the 2017 Motul Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic “delivered some of the best racing in the history of the event”.
While other notable events were included in the 2017 program, the Troy Bayliss Cup was won by Jared Mees (first dual winner of the Cup), with Troy Herfoss placed second and Michael Kirkness placed third.
Taree Motorcycle Club and Troy Bayliss Events are currently planning for the next Classic and information regarding this will soon be available for release to the public.
At Hidden Valley (29th & 30th June, 1st July), Troy Bayliss was awarded pole position after setting a new lap record during qualifying with a time of 1m05.601 on his Ducati 1299FE – with news headlines describing Bayliss as “smashing” the previous record.
Troy (Desmosport Ducati) went on to win Race 1 of the round with Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing) placed second.
Bayliss and Herfoss battled for the lead for the first sixteen laps of Race 2 after they pulled away from the field. On Lap 16, Bayliss was leading and “looking solid and with great speed” but a mistake let Herfoss through and he went on to win.
At the conclusion of racing on Sunday, Troy Bayliss is now placed 3rd in the Yamaha Motor Insurance Australian Superbike Championship.
Oli (Cube Racing) started on pole in the Supersports 300 after qualifying fastest on his Kawasaki Ninja 300 and finished second in Race 1 to Tom Bramich.
Oli Bayliss is now placed 4th in the Australian Supersports 300 Championship.
Taree Motorcycle Club extends its congratulations to both the “Bayliss boys”.
At the Old Bar Roadside circuit on Sunday (1st July), Round 4 of the Taree Motorcycle Club Championship was very well attended – with some riders travelling long distances to compete.
In addition to the locals and visitors who are consistent in their attendance, others attending the meeting included Mick Kirkness and Jarryd Oram – these two riders previously achieving podium finishes at Troy Bayliss Classics. Mick Kirkness has also coached at the track this year.
Also riding on Sunday were current Junior Champions from Taree Motorcycle Club, Hayden Nelson, Will Bisley and Kye Andrews, together with Jayden Holder from Macleay District (Kempsey) Motorcycle Club. Kye Andrews has also been on the podium at the 2017 Classic.
Dale Austin, a multiple Taree Motorcycle Club Champion, was also racing.
Jim Jobling and Ben Gardner were in a side car.
Dirt Track legend, Paul Caslick (who also has achieved a podium finish in a Troy Bayliss Cup), who is a Development Manager for Motorcycling New South Wales, was in attendance at the track for initial discussions regarding establishing development programs for young riders.
There were 16 classes contested on the day. Click here for full results.
The Club would like to congratulate all riders who competed on Sunday, whether placed or not, and hope they had an enjoyable day. Well done to Jack Griffin who was 1st in three classes – the Pro 250, Pro 450 and Pro-Open unlimited.
The Club’s thanks are extended to the officials and volunteers for their support at the meeting.
A Practice Day will be held on Sunday 15th July and Round 5 of the Club Championship will held on Sunday 5th August.
While the Club looks forward to the regular riders joining them again, it also encourages those interested in becoming part of the sport of motorcycling to contact Taree Motorcycle Club President Troy Baker on mobile 0499 818 248.