World champion calls Morgan Park home

WORLD CHAMP: Oli and Troy Bayliss on their home track at Morgan Park Raceway.
WORLD CHAMP: Oli and Troy Bayliss on their home track at Morgan Park Raceway. Gerard Walsh

MOTORCYCLE RACING: World champion superbike rider Troy Bayliss calls Morgan Park Raceway his home track.

Troy and son Oli started coming to Morgan Park last year and Troy reckons this weekend's Southern Downs Road Race Series is his fifth or sixth meeting in Warwick.

A round of the national series GP Juniors Cup was held at Morgan Park as part of the road race series this weekend.

Troy won world superbike championships in 2001, 2006 and 2008 at a time he was based in England and Monaco.

He doesn't feel out of place in the country as he learnt to ride motorcycles on a wheat farm at Warialda and then started riding seriously when his family moved to Taree.

Last year, Oli competed in the GP Juniors Cup but this weekend father and son both competed in the Australian 300cc production class.

The pair had two 300cc bikes set up for Oli, one for damp weather and one for dry weather on Saturday and just for a bit of fun, Troy competed on the second bike in one race and set a new class lap record of one minute, 25.4 seconds. The previous record was 1:26.3 and Olly also broke the record with a time of 1:26.0.

"I started at the back of the grid and just wanted to catch up to Oli for a bit of fun,” Troy said.

Oli was keek to add that once his father caught him "he didn't get away from me”.

Troy said he loved coming to Morgan Park.

"I classify it as our local track, there is a really nice atmosphere at the raceway,” he said.

Bayliss will be back in Warwick as head of the Ducati team for the Australian Superbike Championships on August 25-27 this year.

Oli said he was keen to follow in his father's footsteps and aim to be a world champion.

He is a student at The Southport School and played rugby as a flanker to last year but is now concentrating on motorcycle racing and a bit of mountain bike riding and mixed martial arts.

There are a record number of riders at Morgan Park Raceway this week for a road race championship.

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