-- Active8 Yamaha set for AORC opener this weekend
The Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team are fit and ready for the first and second rounds of the 2013 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC), kicking off this Saturday and Sunday near Buladelah (NSW).
Championship E2 Class rider, Josh Green as well as new E1 contender, Tom McCormack, and Championship E3 hopeful, AJ Roberts, are currently en-route to the Markwell Road venue to set up camp and pre-walk the sprint/cross-country circuits.
Roberts, who also acts as team manager, said they couldn’t be more excited to get their national season underway.
“After all the lead up and preparation it’s always good to hit the race track,” Roberts said.
“We are looking forward to hopefully building on our strong debut year as a team and we’ve put all the hard work in pre-season to give us the best possible chance.
“The Yamaha range of motorcycles has, as always, given us the best possible platform to work from.
“Josh is flying on the WR450F and Tom and I are also loving our YZ250F and YZ250 2-Stroke.
“We actually just did a shoot with 404 Shots and got some insane footage, make sure to check out our new team video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1e_9Xjzbjc”
“I would also like to welcome our new team sponsor, MotoBarn, who have come on board as a major sponsor of the team.
“A big thank you to the guys for all their help and support. They are an exciting new motorcycles accessories store opening soon in Slacks Creek, Queensland.”
Roberts said the tracks at Buledelah were expected to be ideal, with rain in the lead up hopefully offering dust-free conditions.
“The property sounds perfect and should have a bit of everything, from open grass track to some forest roads and technical rocky sections,” he said.
“We are expecting a really fun weekend. I’ve got high hopes for the guys and we’ll be aiming for podium finishes in all three championship classes.”
McCormack, 19, from Byron Bay (NSW) won the 2012 Yamaha Queensland Enduro Championship and placed fourth in the Championship E1 Class at the A4DE. This year, he will again compete aboard the YZ250F in E1.
“It’s a step in the right direction for me, that’s for sure,” McCormack said. “I’m seeing big improvements already in my riding and bike set up.
“My goals for the year are to be consistent... I’d like to win as many races as I can and have a solid, consistent year.
“I’ve been on the YZ250F since 2007 and I’m more comfortable now than I’ve ever been on the bike.
“It is an amazing machine and I can’t wait to race it at the opening rounds this weekend.”
Green, 22, from Soldier’s Point (NSW) has returned to the team after a strong 2012 in which he placed second in Championship E1 in the AORC and third in E2 at the A4DE.
His best result in 2012 was a win the E1 class at one of the Broadford (VIC) rounds of the AORC and second Outright on debut at the Hattah Desert Race.
Green said he “can’t wait” to campaign the WR450F this year.
“I find the WR450F to have really smooth power,” he said. “I like the broad engine and all the horse power - the more power the better.
“I find myself riding a lot smoother and focusing on lines rather than trying to go fast.”
Roberts, 30, from Ningi (QLD) will contest Championship E3 aboard a big-bore YZ250 2-Stroke.
Catch the Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team this weekend at the opening rounds of the Yamaha AORC.
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