Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Racing’s Luke Styke has made the perfect start to the 2018 Australian Off Road Championships, taking another double victory in the E1 (250cc) class at rounds three and four of the series, at Hedley in Victoria, over the weekend.
That’s now four on the trot for the Gold Coast racer as he continues his transition across from professional motocross, and he has increased his lead in the 12-round championship.
With dry and dusty conditions in Gippsland, Victoria, the event was changed to a sprint format on both days that saw a huge field of competitors take on three, 20 minute laps on Saturday while Sunday had riders challenge five, 10-minute loops in an interesting weekend's racing.
Styke showed plenty of skill and determination over the weekend, winning all laps across the weekend in the E1 class and not finishing outside the top six overall. Saturday saw Styke well in control of the E1 division but it was Sunday where he unleashed his best form to date, again claiming the E1 wins, but this time was inside the top three outright in several of the racing laps.
Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team's Fraser Higlett maintained his consistent podium form in the E1 category, taking a pair of seconds, and currently lies third in the championship.
His teammate, multiple Queensland Enduro Champion Lachlan Stanford recorded second in the E3 class, climbing to second in the standings.