“Phillip Island is one of the best circuits in the world and definitely one of my favourites. I’ve had some great races there,” he says.
“The support during my career was always great. I am sure some friends and family will come out to watch at the Classic and I’m hoping my old race fans will cheer us on from Corser Hill.
“There is nothing like a home crowd support. Something I’ll never forget from my racing. No better place for me to win a Championship than right there at home.”
These days, Troy is a big part of the The Race Academy which runs a series of track-based schools at famous circuits such as Mugello, Valencia, Brno and Catalunya.
“I have developed the course at The Race Academy, taught all my fellow instructors, and we offer a complete professional training programme for riders. We focus on control and safety, and with that the lap times come. I am very proud of what we achieve,” he says.
“We mostly run at world championship level tracks, with the chance to ride a BMW S1000RR, or your own bike, and optional pillion instruction.”
He tries to get back to Australia once a year, but says his free weekends at home are spent on the sidelines at Kalani’s football.
“And we get a bit of dirt bike riding in just for fun. And Kelisa is into her gymnastics and dance so there’s performances to watch there. I’m still playing golf and have a little hit around at tennis these days. I’m keeping fit and I’m ready to race.”
Troy was inducted into the Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame early in 2017, marking his achievement and contribution to motorcycle racing both here and internationally.
The International Island Classic will showcase more than 300 riders and 500 historic bikes and sidecars competing over three days.