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Lachy Stanford takes fourth QLD Enduro title
Monday, June 20, 2016
The Yamaha Queensland Enduro Championship was held at Gum Valley (Koumala) on June 18 – 19, 2016. Lachlan Stanford powered through the championship to clinch his fourth state title, at a rather rainy round over the weekend.
Making the result all the more spectacular was Stanford's Husqvarna teammate Fraser Higlett, who, in his first senior year, secured a Husqvarna 1-2 in the championship, just three weeks after fracturing his collarbone!
Stanford sealed the championship in the best possible style, with an impressive victory ahead of Tom McCormack and Higlett in conditions which started out fine but ended in the diabolical at the final round of the series at Gum Valley near Mackay.
Stanford clinched outright victory in every single one of Saturday's nine special tests, as well as the two held on Sunday during a torrential downpour.
Stanford’s Queensland championship is his fourth such title in a row and comes in a year when he is reaching career-best form at the highest levels of the sport in Australia. The 25-year-old is currently holding the runner-up position in the standings of the Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) at its halfway mark.
Stanford said tracks were ‘world-class’ over the weekend, and Gum Valley had done a great job organising the round.
“We had roughly 12 kilometre loop that was taking 18 minutes to get around, and we ended up doing nine sprints because they were forecasting big rain on Saturday night. So we did a lot of bike time there and I won every test outright, which is cool,” he said.
“Winning my fourth State championship is cool but I’ve definitely got my eye on bigger prizes these days… King Kirk has won 11 Queensland titles now so I want to beat his record, and I’ve got a lot to go!”
Young gun Fraser Higlett said was able to take a podium position because of his consistency.
“Saturday was pretty good, the tracks were awesome, but we did like 2-3 hours of sprints on Saturday, which was pretty extreme, and Sunday it was pouring while we were racing, so that was pretty crazy too,' he said.
“It was actually pretty fun riding through the deep water in the rain on Sunday – it didn’t feel too good on the bike but it pulled through fine. There was a rain forest section and it was like pitch black. You were actually relying on your light! So that was pretty cool.”
Check out full results from the round here
(Image thanks to Troy Pears)
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