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KTM Riders Make Up A Formidable Lineup For Troy Bayliss Classic

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KTM Australia will be represented by some of the most famous names in the business at this weekend's Troy Bayliss Classic at Old Bar, Taree.

This weekend‰Ûªs event, hosted by three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss, boasts a star-studded lineup of the biggest names in Australian motorcycle racing, with motocross, speedway, enduro, dirt track and road racing riders all represented for a day of fun, laughs, and of course, elbows out racing.

Event host Troy Bayliss will be one of the favourites in the main event all-stars race, aboard his familiar KTM 450 SMR, which won last year's race.

‰ÛÏThe town is starting to come alive a little bit and it‰Ûªs starting to look pretty busy." Bayliss said. "We are in our third year now - so are expecting bigger crowds and more support. The track‰Ûªs been getting a lot of upgrades and new equipment, so everything is heading in the right direction to have a great event.

"Probably biggest name rider this year would be Jared Mees who is the American Grand National Champion. He just came back from the Marc Marquez Superprestigio where I competed as well, and he finished second only by half a bike length behind Marc. So it's great to have someone that fast. He's actually been staying with us for the last week. He is a really nice guy. Very serious and can certainly put on a good show for everybody.

"Personally I‰Ûªm not going too bad. We've been busy with lots of bits and pieces so I‰Ûªm not as fit as I was last year, but the whole idea is to have a great and successful event, and if I do good it's the icing on the cake for me. This weekend I'm riding my old 2012 SMR 450 in its last event, so I‰Ûªd like to give it a good send off. It's been a great bike and served its purposes, and won a few races so that's all good.

"I'm just waiting on a few more bits from America to turn up for my new KTM 450 SX which is nearly halfway built - she‰Ûªs going to be a bit of a gem, actually. Pete Goddard‰Ûªs riding that one tomorrow, so we'll see how she goes in the Legends. I guarantee it won't be last to the first corner.‰Û

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