For Sammy Halbert, the 2009 AMA Pro Overall Grand National Champion and 2011 AMA Pro Grand National Singles Champion, today was a chance to learn the characteristics of the oil based track.
"The track is a lot of fun, we are still getting the set up figured out," Halbert explained. "The track was slick today and a little messy but come Saturday it will be consistant which is nice. I feel comfortable already and expect to be up the front.
"A highlight for me is getting to meet all the famous road racers. This week I have been boogie boarding in Newcastle, been to the motorcycle museum, a winery and visited friends."
Event host Troy Bayliss
was impressed with how quickly the international riders got on the pace.
"I was very impressed with the international riders," Bayliss said. "As I expected the guys were on the pace within a few laps.
"Everything has come together so it should be a fantastic day for everyone attending."
Tickets are still available to the 2014 Motul Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic which will be held on Saturday 18th January at Taree Motorcycle Club.
Online Tickets can be purchased right up until 7.00pm on tomorrow (Friday 17th January).
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Sammy Halbert tests the Taree track ahead of Saturday's Troy Bayliss Classic