If there were questions when Gold Coaster Luke Styke made the switch from motocross to off-road racing, they now appear well and truly answered.
Styke, in just his first season, has claimed the E1 title of the Australian Off-Road Championship after winning Sunday’s cross-country with a time of 3:02:48.128.
Styke was over the moon to take his first off-road championship; “It's a great result, wrapping up the title with a round to spare is something I didn’t expect. The whole experience from motocross to off-road racing has been great, everyone involved with this team has made my job so much easier. I’m definitely over the moon and I can’t wait to battle for more title in the years to come,” finished Styke.
A great ride came from Jack Simpson who put his KTM into second place after ending the days riding with his time of 3:03:15.605.
The final spot on the podium went to Fraser Higlett aboard his Husqvarna, Higlett has once again shown he is a serious competitor in the E1 class. His time of 3:03:45.780 handed him third position.
“The rounds this weekend were good and I am happy to come away with second in the E1 championship. I had a few crashes in the Cross Country yesterday, but still finished third, then today it was great to finish second and to complete the season second in points. It was a tough year, my expectations were high and I started getting harder on myself towards the end, but looking back I am happy with how we did in the end."
Lachlan Stanford also took an AORC podium, finishing second to runaway series winner Daniel Milner in the E3 category. Stanford rode his Husqvarna FE 501 to second in E3 on both the weekend's final two rounds, sealing the runner-up result in the standings following a consistent effort throughout the year.
AORC Championship Results
1. Luke Styke (Yamaha)
2. Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna)
3. Jack Simpson (KTM)
1. Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna)
2. Joshua Green (Yamaha)
3. Wil Ruprecht (Yamaha)
1. Daniel Milner (KTM)
2. Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna)
3. Broc Grabham (Gas Gas)