-- Hollis wins AORC Opener
Today’s tough conditions of the opening round of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) were no match for the Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team boys, with Josh Green and Tom McCormack both finishing the grueling three-hour cross-country second in class and within the top-10 Outright.
Green, 22, and McCormack, 19, rode their WR450F and YZ250F to fourth and seventh Outright respectively and second in the Championship E2 and E1 classes.
Team manager AJ Roberts said he was “very proud” of his riders, who “did awesome”.
“A lot of people were saying it was the hardest race they’ve done in a long time,” Roberts said.
“The track was very rough, chopped out and slippery with bog holes to transverse.
“The boys are pretty knackered now, but they’ll be right by tomorrow - they are super fit.
“Tom ended up winning the Under 21 NSW state round and was second in E1 and seventh Outright, even though he ran out of fuel on his third lap and dropped two minutes.
“His fuel consumption was more than the other guys. He only ran out by about a hundred meters, but where he ran out was in a bog hole, so he had to push his bike out.
“Unfortunately, I had to pull out after the first lap - I injured my hand at our team video shoot last week and it was just too painful to proceed.
“But I’m looking forward to tomorrow. The bikes are all cleaned and prepped and the track is going to be different.
“We will get a sighting lap in the morning and we’ll check it out... hopefully we all come home safely again and get a good result.”
Yamaha AORC Round 1
1. Chris Hollis
2. Toby Price
3. Daniel Milner YAMAHA 1st in E1
4. Josh Green YAMAHA 2nd in E2
5. Geoff Braico
6. Jarrod Bewley
7. Tom McCormack YAMAHA 2nd in E1
8. Scott Keagan
9. Ben Burrell
10. Lachlan Stanford
-- Milner takes win at opening Yamaha AORC
CDR Yamaha’s Daniel Milner was the fastest 250F pilot today in tough, muddy conditions at the first round of the 2013 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) held near Buledelah (NSW).
Milner, 21, from Lang Lang (Victoria) took the win in the Championship E1 Class aboard his YZ250F after the grueling, three-hour cross-country race.
“I’m pretty happy with my result today - I had a few problems out there and lost quite a bit of time, so to finish in front in my class and in third Outright was a good result for me,” Milner said.
“I crashed at one stage, when I was on the back of [Toby] Price. I got back up and was chasing him again, but went too wide around a corner and hit a log with my chain guide.
“It took the chain off, so I had to find a log in the bush to bend the chain guide back, so I could get the chain back on.
“All up I reckon this cost me about three minutes and the opportunity to catch and pass Price, who finished second Outright.
“Thankfully, I didn’t have any more issues after this. I got a consistent pace going and stuck with that for the rest of the race.
“The track was real hard. It was single line and really rocky and choppy. It was also very slick, slippery clay and wet with bog holes to get through.
“Luckily, I was on the YZ250F - which worked a treat in these conditions and had just enough power to get traction.”
Milner said his race plan for tomorrow’s sprint round two was to “put in consistent laps” and: “make sure I finish”.
Milner’s teammate, five-time World Enduro Champion Stefan Merriman, also had a good day aboard his WR450F, placing 13th Outright.
2013 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship
Round 1 & 2 - 16-17 March - Bulahdelah, NSW - Cross Country/Sprint
Round 3 & 4 - 6-7 April - Goomburra, QLD - Enduro
Round 5 & 6 - 25-26 May - Corner Inlet, VIC - Cross Country/Sprint
Round 7 & 8 - 29-30 June - Coonawarra, SA - Sprint/Sprint
Round 9 & 10 - 17-18 August - Bendigo, VIC - Cross Country/Sprint
Round 11 & 12 - 7-8 September - Dungog, NSW - Cross Country/Sprint
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