It has been a busy start of the season but a good one. I have clocked up many km’s in the van as I have travelled to and from two different race events within two weeks.
At the beginning of March I competed in the Clipsal 500 Enduro X in Adelaide.It was one of the best events I have ever competed in. Piggy backing alongside the V8s meant that there were lots of spectators there, which was great to see and hopefully helped to promote our sport. I raced over three days in many heat races, shootouts and main events. The track consisted of many difficult obstacles.
I managed to place 3rd in the main event behind fellow Husqvarna rider Mitch Harper and legendary Dakar winner Toby Price. We were also fortunate enough to catch a bit of the car racing in between motos. Ellis Management did an unreal job running the event. The Husqvarna Enduro team was lucky enough to have this awesome company look after us whilst we were there. There were some major sponsors there that helped to make the event a huge success and I thank them all and hope that we can get back down there again next year.
After returning from Adelaide I drove up to the Sunshine Coast to compete in the opening rounds of the Australian Off-road Championships (AORC) combined with the 2nd round of the QLD 2 Day Championship. Although the conditions were hot and dusty it was still a great event. Big congratulations to Peter Allen and Frank Kraan and all of the other volunteers for all there hard work.
I am happy with how I rode, as I put together solid sprint laps on both days. I finished on Saturday with a 2nd outright and 2nd in class behind Daniel Sanders and on Sunday I again finished 2nd in class and slipped back to 3rd outright.
This meant that I finished in 1st place in the Qld 2 Day Enduro Championship, which was piggybacked on to the AORC, with Josh Green finishing second.
All in all it was tight racing. My Husqvarna FE 501 was on point all weekend, again it was great to be a part of the Husqvarna Enduro Team with especially big thanks to my mechanic Christian for all his hard work in the lead up and throughout the event.
Congratulations also to Glenn Kearney for finishing both rounds with good pace considering only two weeks ago he broke his shoulder blade, as usual he just gritted his teeth and rode through the pain.
So for now, I am training hard and plan to continue to finish with top results in the remaining rounds of the AORC.
The next major event for me is the 3rd and 4th round of the AORC in Portland in early April.
(Photos thanks to Troy Pears)