Oli Bayliss to make Road Racing debut

The second round of the 2016 GP Juniors at Morgan Park on June 18-19 will feature a famous name when Oli Bayliss, the son of three-times Superbike World Champion, Troy Bayliss makes his road racing debut in the 12-16 year old class, on an 80cc machine.

Oli Bayliss
Oli Bayliss

It seems only natural that one of Troy’s three children would have a crack at racing and the youngest, Oli has embraced the sport with gusto. The 12-year-old from the Gold Coast is a very enthusiastic learner, and has competed on the dirt tracks of Australia for a few years and now wants to have a crack of the bitumen.

Young Oli Bayliss to join dad Troy in Baylisstic Scramble at Phillip Island
Young Oli Bayliss to join dad Troy in Baylisstic Scramble at Phillip Island

“He is really looking forward to it and has been on to me for a while about getting out on the bitumen,” explained Troy. “Morgan Park isn’t too far away from us, so it is easy to get to and we would like to be a part of GP Juniors Australia. It’s a great concept and provides a great foundation to start with.

Troy with son Oli in the pits during his appearance at the 2015 WorldSBK season opener at Phillip Island
Troy with son Oli in the pits during his appearance at the 2015 WorldSBK season opener at Phillip Island

“He is super excited but we are not expecting too much so we will be going out there for him to have a ride and go out and have a bit of fun.”

Oli will be up against teenagers with a few years experience on the tar so it is going to be an intense learning curve for him this weekend as the likes of Victorians, Scott Nicholson and Ben Bramich as well as Joel Kelso from the NT, are now in their third season of road racing.

Troy and Oli Bayliss
Troy and Oli Bayliss in 2015

The GP Juniors are split into two age groups and three classes, two of which are Australian Championship classes.

12- Under16 year old age group can ride up to 85cc two-strokes or 160cc four-stroke machines. Whilst not a part of the Australian Championships classes 9 to Under 12 year olds are allowed to ride 70cc two-stroke machines in separate support class.

This weekend at Morgan Park the youngsters will get four races as well as practice and qualifying providing plenty of track time over the weekend.

The GP Juniors event this weekend is running as part of the Motorcycle Sportsmen of Qld’s, Pirelli Southern Downs Road Race and Queensland Road race Championship.

The Motorcycle Sportsmen run seven race meetings a year at Morgan Park Raceway; Motorcycle Sportsmen are also hosting the next round of the ASBK at Morgan Park following on from the very successful ASBK event run there last year.

70cc POINTS

 1            Travis HALL                       20          20          25          65

2            John LYTRAS                     18          17          20          55

3            Joshua HALL                     17          18          18          53

4            Ben BAKER                        25          25          0            50

5            Taiyo AKSU                       15          15          17          47

6            Thomas BROWN              16          16          0            32

85cc POINTS

1            Scott NICHOLSON            25          20          25          70

2            Joel KELSO                        18          25          20          63

3            Peter NERLICH   20          18          18          56

160cc POINTS

1            Ben BRAMICH    25          25          25          75

2            Ned FAULKHEAD              20          20          20          60

Australian GP Juniors Calendar
  • 18-19th June – Morgan Park
  • 06-07th August – Wakefield Park
  • 30th – 02nd October – Winton