The AORC kicked off in Kilkivan last weekend, which incorporated the Yamaha Qld 2 Day. Queensland riders pushed hard all weekend, taking advantage of the Kilkivan home track.
Victoria’s Daniel Sanders is the man to beat after the opening rounds of the AORC, currently sitting as the E3 class and outright leader.
Second in the E3 class (and third outright) was Queensland’s Lachlan Stanford, who has just stepped up to the class, onboard his Husqvarna FE501.
“All weekend I have had so much confidence riding the FE501 and without a doubt its nothing but amazing to ride. It’s shaping up to be a good year ahead,” he says.
Beau Ralston rounded out the E3 top three.
In the E2 Class, Josh Green took the top honours, followed by Tye Simmonds and Chris Hollis.
Queensland’s Tom McCormack finished up in fourth place, in his first race for year, following an injury-riddled 2015.
“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 says.
In the Womens Class, Queenslander Jemma Wilson set the bar high for the rest of the ladies, and will be one to watch in the AORC this year.
Mounted onboard her Yamaha YZ 250FX, Jemma clinched the top spots in both rounds one and two, followed by Emelie Karlsson, Jessica Gardiner, and fellow Queenslander Tamara Gray.
This was Gray’s first Enduro race for the season, following a recent shoulder reconstruction. She says she’s happy with her progress, and enjoyed the weekend in Kilkivan.
“Rain overnight improved the condition of the new track for Sunday, and I really enjoyed blasting around on the grass track sections and winding my way through the rocky creek bed,” she says.
“I was pretty nervous [coming back from injury], but I know that my confidence will grow after this weekend’s positive result.”
Juniors & Veterans
In the Junior Class, Queenslanders Fraser Higlett and Peter-Daniel Allen finished up in third and fourth place respectively, behind Wil Ruprecht and Nic Tomlinson. Queensland Enduro King Kirk Hutton clinched the top spot in the Veterans class, riding the all new Yamaha WR450f.
Full results are available below:
AORC overall results
Qld 2 Day - Rd 2 results
(Photos thanks to Troy Pears)