April 03 2020 Friday at 03:31 PM

Oil and Water

Things tend to get interesting when oil and water mix. You could use that as a metaphor for when a bunch of Moto GP stars get together in a small country town in Australia to take part in an event which involves dirt and oil rather than sealed tarmac. Being from Taree, Troy Bayliss hosted a dirt tracking event last weekend. Appropriately dubbed "The Troy Bayliss Classic" an invitational event consisting of 12 of some of the worlds best Moto GP racers including the likes of, Jason Crump, Garry McCoy, Chris Vermeulen, Randy de Puniet, Broc Parkes, Damian Cudlin, Toby Price, Chris Hollis, Paul Caslick and the list goes on. With an expected crowd of 6000+ which is easy to understand when there are more dirt bikes sold between Sydney and Taree than the rest of the country combined! By 9am the venue packed, setting the vibe for a day of methanol and 2-stroke goodness. Unfortunately the weather had its own agenda, licking the track with just enough water to postpone the races for several hours. This gave us a good opportunity to trek through the rows and rows of teams and pit crew tents. Stumbling upon the weird and wild, In one tent a beautiful 73 2-stroke Yamaha RD350 sat next to a Ducati monster which had been set up for dirt tracking. Once the weather decided to clear up. The main event got under way resulting in local hero Mick Kirkness taking the win. This left room for the quads, side cars as well as the pee-wee 50s to take centre stage. Amongst the competitors was our own Deus supporter Tom Edwards who also snatched the win in the under 13s 85cc division. Despite the weather all events were run and won even though the gig didn't wrap up until well into the night.