Bisley to make Australian Dirt Track Championships his swansong

Taree Motor Cycle Club rider, Ian Bisley will defend the pro 450 class title at this weekend's Australian Dirt Track Championships at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit.

Taree Motor Cycle Club rider, Ian Bisley will defend the pro 450 class title at this weekend's Australian Dirt Track Championships at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit.

WIN, lose or draw the Australian Dirt Track Championships to be held at Taree Motor Cycle Club's Old Bar Roadside Circuit this weekend will be Ian Bisley's swansong to the sport.

"I'll be hanging up the boots after that,'' the 40-year-old from Wingham confirmed.

"My young bloke, Mitch, wants to get into racing so I'll be putting a bit of time into him, taking him around the State for meetings.''

Mitch will be riding this weekend in the 65cc class.

Bisley will be defending the pro 450 class championship he won last year in Gunnedah. He was also second in the 250 in 2013 and he's entered that as well on a bike sponsored by Ryan McIntosh while he'll also start in the pro open.

Bisley made a comeback to racing last year, mainly because his kids had become interested in the sport.

"The Aussie title was only my second meeting back,'' he said.

It was also the first time he'd ridden the 450 in competition.

But Bisley doesn't appear to be over-confident about his chances for this weekend.

"It's going to be tougher this year I think,'' he said.

"There's going to be more riders - it'll be a bigger meeting than last year.''

He lists Troy Bayliss and Kurri's Luke Richards along with his brother, Ken, as the main rivals for championship honours.

"But I think you could throw a blanket over 10 riders in the 450. It's just going to depend on who gets the start on the day,'' he said.

"If I can get somewhere near the podium I'll be happy with that.''

Bisley rode in the Troy Bayliss Classic in January.

"No, I didn't do any good there,'' he said.

The fact that the championships will be on his home track isn't necessarily an advantage, Bisley added.

"Taree's a very technical track,'' he said.

However, he's been to the circuit practicing as often as possible and has also contested Taree club days held once a month.

While he's made a comeback before, Bisley assures this time retirement will be for good.

"No mate, this is it. This will be my last meeting,'' he said.

Racing will start on Saturday while the finals are scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

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