KTM-backed speedway hero Jason Crump confirmed he would love to return to the Troy Bayliss Classic after winning the star-studded Legends category of the event before 6000 fans at Taree at the weekend.
The retired three-time Speedway World Champ led home a field that included former national enduro champions like Dave Armstrong and Phil Lovett, Mister Motocross legends Stephen Gall and Anthony Gunter and former Grand Prix motocross stars like Shayne King and KTM Australia General Manager Jeff Leisk.
Crump won two of the four Legends heats and finished second in another to set up the win, on the Old Bar oil track circuit, near Taree. Shawn Giles (Suzuki) was right on Crump’s tail in many of the heats.
“I was really happy to win the Legends class,” said Crump. “A lot of the guys I raced there were heroes of mine when I was a kid, guys like Jeff Leisk, Anthony Gunter, Chris Watson and Shawn Giles, so we’re all mates going in but when we get the race face on we almost forget about that!
“I got two wins and a second, then my last race was a bad one but I had it all sorted out by then.
“I think the concept is fantastic, it’s just a great day for motorcycle racing in Australia because of the names he gets together.”
KTM-mounted former Mister Motocross runner-up and Aussie enduro champ Dave Armstrong who filled one of the Legends minor places found the spectating equally enthralling. “I’d do my race, get off the bike and then run up onto the hill to watch the All-Stars racing. It was great!”
KTM Off-Road Team rider Toby Price was another high-profile competitor loving the action. “It was great fun for me on the 350.
“I gave away a little bit at the end of the straight but I could make it up in the corners. I had a blast catching up with all the biggest names in the game, banged a few bars, kept it straight and came home with all my skin so you can’t ask for better than that!”
Hosted by three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss, the event, now in its second year assembles a star-studded lineup of the biggest names in Aussie road racing, motocross, speedway, enduro and dirt track.
The All-Stars main event went to Bayliss (KTM) from 2008 AMA Supermoto Champion Troy Herfoss and inaugural Bayliss Classic winner Michael Kirkness.
KTM Australia GM Jeff Leisk enjoyed the event immensely. “The event had a great buzz to it and lots of spectators, riders and lots of racing action.
“I think my last race was a pony express I did three years ago, but I was happy with how I rode,” said Leisk. “I got a few starts, was generally up the pointy end and enjoyed it. I felt a bit more comfortable racing with people that I knew – they’re not quite as desperate as the young fellers!”
“It was exciting to see Jason win the legends class and Toby Price on the 350 went really well. He won a few races against top quality competition and even got as few holeshots on the little 350 which was a credit to him and the bike.
“It was great to see so many KTMs competing well there in what is, I’d say for the dirt track fraternity, the jewel in the crown.”
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