Following in Sammy Halbert’s footsteps from 2014, American flat track champion Jared Mees will be traveling to Australia to take part in the Troy Bayliss Classic, January 17, 2015.

Mees comes to Australia after finishing second to Marc Marquez at the recent Superprestigio flat track race in Spain, also attended by Bayliss. The Troy Bayliss Classic is an invitation-only event, and Mees becomes the third AMA competitor confirmed for the event, behind Henry Wiles and Halbert, who is returning for another go after a crash while fighting for the lead last year dropped him down the order.

The two-time (2012/2014) Grand National Champion who has only competed in one other event outside America, said he was excited to be heading to Australia for the first time.

“I’m looking forward to racing the Troy Bayliss Classic,” Mees said. “It’s something I have had my eye on and always wanted to try out. I did my first race outside of America at the Superprestigo in Spain recently and look forward to racing Troy and the others in January in Australia.”

Mees will ride with support from Brisbane Motorcycles Honda.

Event Organiser Troy Bayliss said this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Australians to see Mees in action.

“Jared is the current American Grand Nation Champion, he was so close to winning the Superprestio running a very close second to Marc Marquez. I am really look forward to banging bars with him at the Classic.”

“This event just keeps on growing and having Jared, Sammy Halbert and Henry Wiles here is the same as having the top three Nascar drivers here for a V8 race.

“We are continuing to improve the event and this year to make it more enjoyable for the whole family we will start the Troy Bayliss Classic racing program at 1.00pm,” Bayliss advised.