In what is shaping up to be an Enduro season like no other, competitors are now gearing up for the first two rounds of the 2016 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championships set to be held in Kilkivan, Queensland this weekend.
Queensland local Tom McCormack is one rider who is keener than most to get his AORC campaign started, after an injury riddled 2015 season for the CDR Yamaha star.
With a solid amount of pre season testing under his belt, McCormack spoke out about overcoming his injuries, and shared that he’s ready to throw a leg over his Yamaha machine when he competes in the E2 class this weekend.
“It’s been a long road, and a long recovery. We are not 100% there yet but we are making progress - I think in a few more months we will be in a better position,” he said.
“My back feels good and I am feeling really confident in my program that I have at the moment.
“I think the biggest challenge is going to be getting through the whole year uninjured and just being consistent every weekend.”
McCormack, who is eager not to place any expectation on himself leading in the opening two rounds, is preparing himself to make it a clean, competitive race weekend.
“I don’t really want to put any expectations on myself this round, I haven’t raced in almost 12 months, so I just want to get through the weekend clean with no pressure on myself,” he said.
“The main goals for rounds one and two is to get through uninjured and put some solid points on the board.
“I am growing up now and I know the risk of the sport. I want to be more calculated now and always aim to be a better rider.” McCormack concluded.
The first and second rounds of the AORC at Kilkivan will be a sprint format across both Saturday and Sunday - the approximately 7.5 kilometre loops will feature sandy and stony creek areas, open paddock and undulating bush areas.