Queensland Enduro #1 plate holder Lachlan Stanford lets us know what he’s been up to in the past few months:
It has been awhile since my last report so there is a lot to catch up on.
AORC and Queensland 2 Day
Two weeks ago I competed at Aratula QLD, for the 7th and 8th round of the AORC. This event was also held in conjunction with the 3rd and final round of the QLD 2Day Championship. It was good to get back into racing hard pack and grass tracks and I was happy with how I rode.
I finished 6Th outright and 3rd in the e2 class for Saturday and 7th outright and 4th in class for Sunday. I also won the QLD 2Day round and wrapped up the series win.
Kristian Sprenger took home 2nd place for the series after PD Allen had some bike troubles in the final round. Big congratulations to both boys for keeping me honest in all three rounds. I would really like to thank everyone that put together the QLD 2day series and can’t wait to come back next year and defend the title.
Hattah Desert Race
After this event, my team Glenn Kearney and I set off to my favourite race on the calendar, Hattah. We had a good week and half to get bikes set up and get our bodies ready for the tough race.
This event is held over three days with sign on and scrutineering held on the Friday night. It is a great atmosphere as they close off the main street in Mildura with all teams set up with their race bike and opportunities for the public to meet the riders and sign autographs.
The following day is Prologue for the seniors and the junior race day. The prologue track is a four minute loop which all riders must race in order to get a starting position for the next day. The top 10 from the previous year automatically get to race the track first, however the rest of the field need to push their way through to have the best opportunity to set a good time on the short track. After pushing my way through the crowd to get a good position and riding the track as fast as I could I was the 8th quickest rider to prologue behind my team mate Glenn Kearney.
On Sunday we headed out to the track nice and early. The track this year was set up in the opposite direction to the previous year. The track was around 36km long and we were to complete seven laps. The track this year was very dusty and this cost me some time in the first few laps. The track didn’t chop up as it had done in previous years and stayed quite hard packed. I was very happy with how I rode and wished the race was longer as I felt that I still had more to give.
After completing the seven laps I finished 9th outright and 5th in the 500 4stroke class. I am stoked to be inside the top 10 and have a position for prologue in 2016. Big thanks to the Husqvarna Enduro Team for all their support with the pit stops and keeping me going, as well as my FE501 machine which is a great bike and was perfect for that race.
I would also like to congratulate fellow Queensland riders Mike McCormack, Luke Strauch and Kristian Sprenger for competing in the event. All three boys rode strong and finished with good results.
We arrived back home on Monday night for a few days of rest and recovery before we pack up the van and head off to Conondale for the first round of the Queensland Husqvarna Sprint Series. The Sunshine Coast MX club always holds a great event and this venue never disappoints. The format of the series is my favourite so I look forward to what the weekend holds.
Until next time,
(Photo courtesy of Selina Pears)