Dean is supposed to be back riding before the next pro tour stop.
Randy, of those riders you named, only o'shea is competing in the APTW this year, but my point was that harley kicked the asses of those same big names this weekend (in another pro contest - unrelated to the APTW), so that proves that the level of riding in the APTW is up there, despite not having as many big name competitors as usual.
Roger, I definitely agree the APTW deserves better than that. I'd say that by now the organisers would have figured out that they need to have the stops closer together in order to attract the big name aussies along with overseas riders. or at least, I hope they have - it's pretty damn obvious!