Taree Motor Cycle Club to finalise plans for Bayliss Classic

Troy Bayliss and other riders involved in the Bayliss Classic at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit last January. The 2015 event will be conducted on Saturday January 17.

Troy Bayliss and other riders involved in the Bayliss Classic at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit last January. The 2015 event will be conducted on Saturday January 17.

TAREE Motor Cycle Club expects to have the program for next January's Troy Bayliss Classic finalised within a month.

The third classic will be staged at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit on Saturday January 17. The event attracts some of the sport's elite and draws a capacity crowd of more than 5000 to the track.

Bayliss scored a sensational win in the classic this year.

Taree Motor Cycle Club president Craig Nelson said the club will be meeting with Bayliss soon to work through the program.

There was some criticism that last January's meeting ran for too long, with the final of the Bayliss Classic not raced until around 10pm.

"Making it a shorter day is something we're going to have to look at,'' Mr Nelson said.

He said after the January meeting that some of the riders indicated they wanted to see the program cut back.

However, Mr Nelson added that racing will definitely go into the night.

"I think watching the bikes under lights is one of the attractions,'' he said.

Mr Nelson said a decision has yet to be made as to when the junior races will be conducted. However, he said Bayliss will have input into all aspects of the meeting.

Bayliss said that the length of the program was a concern when he spoke to the Times just after winning the final last January.

"It's been a 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. We've shown what we can do today and hopefully council will get behind us and it will be bigger and better next year.''

"The problem has been that Troy's been busy and so have we so we haven't been able to meet,'' Mr Nelson said.

"But we'll be speaking soon and we should have everything worked out within a month.''

Qualifying for the classic was conducted in conjunction with the Australian dirt track championships held at the track last June.

Meanwhile the club is waiting council approval to start work on a canteen and spectator facility at the track.

The club received a $70,000 federal grant for the work. However, this was under the previous Labor government.

"We had to wait for confirmation that the present government would honour the funding,'' Mr Nelson said.

"So there was a bit of a delay. However, word has come through that the money is right.''

The grant money will be matched by the club.

Mr Nelson said the facility would be 'three-in-one,' incorporating a new canteen, spectator area and score tower.

"It'll depend on a few things as to whether it will be finished in time for next January, although that's our aim,'' Mr Nelson said.

"However, we'll need to use the score tower, so that'll be definitely ready.''

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