The fifth annual Troy Bayliss Classic is set to take place January 21, at Taree Motorcycle Club’s hallowed oil circuit.
AMA flat track superstar Jared Mees has confirmed he will return to Australia to defend his 2015 crown, a title that remains in place due to weather impacting the running of the 2016 event’s final race.
The four-time AMA Grand National Champion, who recently won an X-Games flat track gold medal, will be making his third appearance at the iconic event.
Mees said he is keen to defend his title and become the first dual winner of the coveted crown.
“I am really looking forward to making the trip to Australia again for the 2017 Troy Bayliss Classic,” Mees said.
“The very first time I came to the event I knew I would always look forward to coming back.
Mees also couldn’t thank everyone enough at the Troy Bayliss Classic for inviting him back again.
Event Organiser Troy Bayliss said an incredible amount of planning and development has gone into ensuring an even greater experience for spectators at the 2017 event.
Bayliss said, “This event continues to evolve, and I am excited with what we have planned for 2017.
“We have extended grandstand seating and included shade cover to ensure an event better experience for spectators.
“This option is perfect for people wanting to arrive a little later and not worry about bringing pop-up tents.
“Grandstand tickets are limited and will be available to purchase online from Friday 11 November.
“While personally, I would love to take another win, I do think with the likes of Jared (Mees) and the rest of the all-star line-up my best days are behind me.
“In saying that, I will definitely give it a nudge and if I am on a good day; who knows what could happen.
“The most important aspect for me is ensuring everyone who comes to the event enjoys themselves.”
In addition to the All Stars and Legends classes, the event will include a strong line-up of support categories, featuring some of Australia’s best youth and amateur racers.
The top-seven competitors from the 65cc, 85cc and 250cc (13-16yrs) classes at the 2016 Australian Junior Dirt Track titles all received invitations to enter for the 2017 event.