Gold Coast-based former motocross pro Luke Styke made an
instant impact in his new career as an off-road racer, winning the E1 category
on both days of the opening weekend of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road
The Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Team rider took an eight-second
win on the Saturday at Miva, and stretched that to 27 seconds on the Sunday.
Fellow Queenslander Fraser Higlett shared the podium with a
third place on the Sunday, after an up-and-down Saturday.
In the E2 category, Victorian Daniel Sanders reigned
supreme, while Matt Murry was the first Queenslander home on both days in
seventh on both days.
Daniel Milner dominated the E3 category, with Kane Hall the
first of the Queenslanders in second.
Lachlan Stanford bounced back hard from eighth on a
troublesome Saturday to be second on Sunday, with Hall sixth.
Luke Styke; “Today went really well and I ended up winning
my class. We made a few changes to the bike over the weekend and they were
beneficial. I didn’t have much nerves about my first AORC race, I’ve worked
super hard over the off-season. The track today was a lot tighter than
yesterday but our setup worked so well on Saturday so we maintained it.
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