Bayliss to return

PLANNING for the 2015 Troy Bayliss Classic has already started, Taree Motor Cycle Club president Craig Nelson has confirmed.

The second classic held at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit attracted a crowd of 6000. Mr Nelson confirmed the 2015 event will again be held mid-January.

"That's when all the riders Troy has lined up are available,'' he said.

"So we're sticking to the same date so people can plan for it.''

He concedes there still has to be some fine tuning with the event.

"The feedback we're getting from some of the riders is that they'd like to see the program cut back a bit,'' he said.

Racing started at 10am last Saturday with the final of the Troy Bayliss Cup not run until nearly 10pm.

"It is a long day. But who do you tell they can't ride?'' Mr Nelson said.

"Do we tell juniors they aren't going to ride in front of 6000 people and also their heroes? It's the same with club riders.

"This meeting is all about the grass roots of motor sport riders coming back to race at a country track and giving club riders a chance to race in front of a big crowd.''

He said next January there was a possibility the junior program could be conducted earlier in the morning with the main section starting later in the afternoon.

The problems the club encountered last year with access to the track were largely overcome this year.

"There was a little delay at one stage and the cars backed up to the Pampoolah turnoff. But it was only about a five minute wait nothing like last year,'' he said.

"The new entrance worked really well. I thought the organisation this year was much better and hopefully it will be better again next January.''

Mr Nelson said the day also showed what can be achieved when the community works together.

"We had SES helping us out with the parking and they were great. Taree Lions Club were there all day working on the barbecue while Old Bar Rotary helped out. We worked them like slaves but they all said they'll be back next year.

"Lorraine Bayliss (Troy's mum) was there giving us a hand cooking hot dogs.''

The club has already spoken to Bayliss about next year.

"He's really excited about it,'' Mr Nelson said.

Bayliss said after the final that he would look at the length of the program.

"It is a long, long day for everybody,'' he said.

"Everyone stayed around and that's great. But that's something we might have to look at for next year. We might have a few routine changes, but the basic concept will remain the same.''

"There's a lot of people helping us with this event now and that makes it a lot easier. We have a lot of people to thank especially Craig and Jodi Nelson. It's been incredible what they've done.

"We'll sit down and have a think about next year. We've shown what we can do today and hopefully council will get behind us and it will be bigger and better next year.''

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