Bayliss Classic riders Josh Hook, Troy Bayliss and Jared Meers enjoying some R and R at Oxley Island before the Saturday January 17 event.AMERICAN Jared Mees is enjoying his first trip to Australia, but the AMA flat track champion bike rider assures he’s not here for a holiday.
Mees will be one of the star attractions at tomorrow’s Troy Bayliss Classic at Taree Motor Cycle Club’s Old Bar Roadside Circuit. He’s also tipped to be Bayliss’s biggest challenger for overall honours.
But while they’ll be rivals on the track tomorrow, at the moment Bayliss is ensuring that Mees has a great time while he’s here. The Times caught up with Bayliss, Josh Hook, who’ll also be riding tomorrow and Mees while they were enjoying the Manning River at Oxley Island at the home of Col and Samantha Robb, close friends of Bayliss.
“It’s a pleasure to be out here,” Mees said.
“The weather’s just awesome and Troy is showing me the ropes and taking good care of me.”
Mees had heard about the classic while racing in America and he was invited to take part by Bayliss when both were competing at the Superprestigio in Barcelona in December.
“He said ‘hey mate, we need to get you out here man.’ So we started to work on it and put it all together,” Mees explained.
“Before I knew it we had me a plane ticket and all the accommodation was taken care of.
“They’ve taken care of me first class. I don’t have one thing I can complain about – maybe too much sun, that’s about it,” he laughed.
Mees was direct when asked if he can win the classic.
“Yeah, I think I can,” he said.
“I was testing at Gunnedah a week ago. Troy was going pretty good and another American Henry Wiles was going pretty good. But I feel I’ve got a good a shot as anybody.”
Mees has no doubt his bike will be up to the task.
“It’s a motor cycle, it’s got a throttle and a brake. I’ll figure out the rest,” he assured.
He concedes the Old Bar track is ‘a little different’ to what he races on in America.
“But I’ll adapt to it pretty quick I reckon,” Mees added.
He’ll start racing in America at the beginning of March.
“When I get home it’s all business until I get to Daytona. I’ve got bikes to build and I have to pay attention to my program.”
Mees hails from Michigan. The 28-year-old admits the weather will be freezing when he makes it home. He’ll leave early next week.
“If I knew I was going to have this much fun out here I would have stayed another week,” he smiled.
Mees hopes to be back again.
“As long as they keep inviting me I’ll be out,” he said.
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