US flat track racers confirmed for Bayliss Classic

Wednesday 14th December, 2016 - 1:09pm


Jared Mees

Jared Mees

Three leading American racers have been for the Motul Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic at Taree on January 21.

AMA Pro flat track riders Henry Wiles and Sammy Halbert will join fellow American Jared Mees for the fifth edition of what has evolved into an iconic event.

The Classic presented by Shannon’s Insurance, is not knew to the trio who boost eight AMA Grand National titles between them.

Henry Wiles

Henry Wiles

Mees and Wiles claimed first and second in the 2015 event while Halbert won the inaugural Americana in 2014 at the 500m oil-based track.

X-Games Gold medallist and four-time AMA Grand National Champion Mees is recovering from a broken collarbone.

“Racing in Australia is one of the moments in my season I look forward to the most,” Mees said.

Sammy Halbert

Sammy Halbert

“The event is great, I have made a lot of new friends and love meeting Australia’s racing fans.

“Last year was upsetting for the racing side of things as the rain didn’t give us a chance to contest the final events, so we will all have a little bit of unfinished business to address.

“I am recovering from a broken collarbone and will miss the Superprestigio but I will be ready to get my season underway on January 21 in Australia.”

Event organiser Troy Bayliss said the track had undergone a range of improvements to benefit spectators and competitors.

“The Taree Motorcycle Club have done an incredible job,” Bayliss said.

“There are some big improvements for spectators and the track itself is looking great.

“I am also really excited to confirm that once again we have three of the best AMA Pro flat track racers onboard for the 2017 event.

“This event continues to grow, and our rider line-up for the 2017 event promises to deliver some incredible on track battles,” Bayliss continued.