News 16 Jan 2014

Leisk anticipates enjoyable racing return at Bayliss Classic

International veteran competing this weekend at Old Bar.

Source: KTM Australia.

Source: KTM Australia.

Globally-recognised motocross legend Jeff Leisk will be one of the most high profile competitors amongst an all-star field at this weekend’s Motul Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic in Taree.

Leisk will suit up for the now annual dirt track event for the first time this weekend, the starting grid including a who’s who of racers from motocross, enduro, road racing, speedway, supermoto, dirt track and more.

The talented Western Australian, now general manager of KTM Australia, will pilot a 450 SX-F in the Classic following minimal preparation for the event at the famous Old Bar oil-based circuit.

“I’ve had a couple of days to get some practice, both on a kart track and on a motocross track – it’s not bad planning a day of just going riding!” Leisk commented. “The idea is to enjoy myself but it’s better to get your eye in and enjoy it more.

“I’ve always liked dirt track events like King of the Mountain in Toowoomba and what was probably Australia’s first Supermoto event at Eastern Creek in the early ’90s, and won them both, so it’s a style I like.

Leisk is a major supporter of Bayliss’ events, the triple Superbike World Champion working tirelessly to bring together some of the sport’s current and past contenders.

“I think it’s great what Troy’s doing, he’s putting a lot back into the sport and it’s good to be able to support him and catch up with some mates and have fun as well,” Leisk added. “I rode with him the other day and he goes extremely hard – completely sideways everywhere and he’s a bit of a character.

“Troy’s on a KTM and we’ll be supporting Toby Price, Jason Crump, Angus Reekie, who should go well, and the likes of Antony Gunter in the Legends class.

“My 450 SX-F is awesome – Al Reekie prepared it for me. We’ve kept it pretty simple but it’s easily good enough for the rider! I’m feeling pretty excited, mixed in with some anxiety about the first corner, but hey, someone’s got to get in there first.”

Along with GP race winner Leisk, notable dirt bike names scheduled to appear include Shayne King, Stephen Gall, Phil Lovett, Anthony Gunter, Toby Price, Chris Hollis and more.

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