Bring it on, says Bayliss

"BRING it on.''

So said former World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss, now the promoter of the Motus Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic to be raced tomorrow at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit.

Ticket sales are above last year's figures and a warm sunny day is predicted - everything is on track for what should be a bumper event.

"Last year was great anyway and we've had a lot more time to organise things and we've organised the weather as well,'' Bayliss said yesterday at the track, recalling the rain that marred the inaugural event last January.

"We have some incredible riders coming - the guys from America and the Japanese star as well, plus our local heros so there's something there for everyone.''

Bayliss has been nominated by some rivals in the classic as the rider to beat for major honours.

"I can say I've been doing more riding than last year,'' he responded.

"I'm feeling pretty good - but honestly anyone who makes the final can win it. Whoever does take it out deserves a really big pat on the back - they're going to have to bring their A Game.''

He nominated the American duo of Henry Wiles and Sammy Halbert as real threats.

"Henry's a legend in the US because he's won so much, as has Sammy. We have the two fastest guys from America, so they'll be tough.

"We're certainly not making it easy for ourselves.

"Between those two guys, I'm feeling good, last year's winner Michael Kirkness, Paul Caslick, who did well here last year and there's another five or six guys, so it's wide open.

Bayliss revealed that the final had been increased to 21 laps. It was over 14 last year.

"That'll give riders a chance even if they miss the start. Flat track racing is normally short racing but now that it's 21 laps it will change it around quite a bit.''

Bayliss assured that spectators have been looked after. A new entrance will mean there won't be lengthy delays getting into the track this year.

"All the fields have been cleared even more and the spectator mounds have been made bigger and are turfed. The Taree (Motor Cycle) Club has done an incredible job.

"If we can continue this for another few years, well, who knows what this place is going to look like.''

Gates will be open to the public from 7am tomorrow with practice to start at 9am. Racing will being at 10am and run through to 9pm.

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