2019 Yamaha AORC

Round 5/6 Kyogle

By John Pearson


After the cancellation of the 2019 A4DE originally scheduled in April, not much has been happening on the AORC front. Finke and Hattah have provided most of the entertainment in the meantime but as people began to roll into the pits on Friday before the event it was like a homecoming of sorts with everyone getting a chance to catch up and enjoy the laid back atmosphere the AORC is known for.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Josh Green
Josh Green

Rounds 5&6 returned to the ever popular Taverners Road venue at Kyogle. With a mix of off-camber corners, snotty hill climbs and descents topped off with some epic firetrail sections it’s clear to see why riders love coming back here.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Brent Dean
Brent Dean

While the pits are not the best on the planet, being divided by small creeks, most crews were able to find a spot to call home for two days of the most fun racing we’ve seen in a while.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Cameron Binstead
Cameron Binstead

Parade lap for the seniors saw them get their first look at a test much longer than usual.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Beau Ralston
Beau Ralston

Some comments passed by riders who had walked this monster were that it took over 3 hours to get around it on foot.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Andrew Wilksch
Andrew Wilksch

Around a quarter of an hour of fuel was burnt by the fast guys for one trip around this test that climbed, then plunged, then climbed the rugged and steep Kyogle hillsides.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Oscar Collins
Oscar Collins

Stefan Granquist was an unlucky casualty early on, over-cooking a corner entry, destroying a front wheel, almost losing his machine over an embankment and managing to find his arm wedged between the blue-hot exhaust and the ground. Not an ideal start to the weekend and combined with an existing back injury flare up it saw him sit out the racing for the weekend.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Luke Styke
Luke Styke

The usual struggle continued at the front of the pack with KTM’s Daniel Milner and Husqvarna Offroad racer Daniel Sanders trading blows all day with Sanders managing the fastest time for the day and E3 honours.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Daniel Sanders
Daniel Sanders proved quickest overall at Kyogle

Milner took out the E2 class with flying colours and Husqvarna’s young gun Fraser Higlett posted a round win in E1, narrowly edging out KTM Enduro Team rider Lyndon Snodgrass.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Lyndon Snodgrass
Lyndon Snodgrass

KTM mounted Kyron Bacon was convincing in EJ to extend his lead in what is a tough class.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Daniel Welsh
Daniel Welsh

In the Womens class Yamaha rider Jess Gardiner continued her slaying ways ahead of Emelie Karlsson and Emma Milesevic.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Jessica Gardiner
Jessica Gardner

The Sunday tracks saw a few changes to give riders a bit of variety. The lush red soil amongst a gum plantation would play host to the senior grades in what ended up being some close racing.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Josh Green
Josh Green

Milner managed to claw his way to E2 victory again while Sanders continued his E3 clean sweep.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Daniel Milner
Daniel Milner

Yamaha’s Luke Styke returned to the podium in convincing fashion taking the E1 win after a Saturday he would rather forget.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Luke Styke
Luke Styke

Once again Jess Gardiner proved too good and walked away with the Womens crown.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Daniel Sanders
Daniel Sanders

One had to feel for Sherco rider Jonte Reynders after an accident on Sunday left him with a broken scapula and a possible 4-6 weeks recovery. Jonte was riding well with the Motul Pirelli Sherco Offroad team and had a podium position within grasp until his unfortunate mishap.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Jonte Reynders
Jonte Reynders

With many of the rounds now falling close together after the extended early break it leaves little time for him to recover.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Kodi Stephens
Kodi Stephens

All in all, the riders enjoyed the terrain and tracks and in particular the longer tests. There was however a gnarly little track that the seniors rode both days.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Lyndon Snodgrass
Lyndon Snodgrass

It was a rock filled nightmare for many with a couple of deep waterholes thrown in for good measure. In the words of a young punter who rode it, “you couldn’t race through there, you just had to survive it”, it was clear to see it was technical to say the least, and at times pushed some of the best beyond their limits and onto the rocky surface.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Fraser Higlett
Fraser Higlett

The next round will be held at the unique town of Broken Hill where all grades will race a single day cross country event.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Jeremy Carpentier
Jeremy Carpentier

After the drive out and back last year I made the decision to fly, costly as it may be. But I reckon it’s got to be cheaper than cleaning up one of the ten million kangaroos that will no doubt be lining the road in a guard of honour.

AORC Rnd Kyogle Daniel Milner
Daniel Milner

Travel safe everyone, see you in a couple of weeks.

Enduro Standings

Pos Name Total
1 Luke STYKE 140
2 Lyndon SNODGRASS 127
3 Fraser HIGLETT 123
4 Michael DRISCOLL 120
5 Lachlan ALLAN 89
6 Jonte REYNDERS 63
7 Alexander RUDLOFF 53
8 Joseph COLE 51
9 Kye MALONE 48
10 Jeremy FRANKLIN 46
11 Matthew MAGILL 33
12 Seton BROOMHALL 29
13 Mackenzie BOWSER 29
14 Thomas JENNER 28
15 Cohn EVANS 24
Pos Name Total
1 Daniel MILNER 150
2 Joshua GREEN 132
3 Jeremy CARPENTIER 109
4 Brad HARDAKER 95
5 Harrison TEED 91
6 Broc GRABHAM 70
7 Brent DEAN 64
8 Hayden KEELEY 52
9 Kaleb TREASURE 50
10 William PRICE 47
11 Wesley KEELEY 42
12 Kristian SPRENGER 41
13 Jacob PEACOCK 41
14 Nathan DALBOSCO 31
15 Brock NICHOLS 30
Pos Name Total
1 Daniel SANDERS 150
2 Beau RALSTON 130
3 Jesse LAWTON 108
4 Andrew WILKSCH 102
5 Matt MURRY 100
6 Daniel WELSH 84
7 Nathan DELAWARE 62
8 Timothy LONSDALE 56
9 Lachlan SMITH 53
10 Matthew BEAUMONT 48
11 Daniel MIDDLETON 47
12 Luke MORRISON 43
13 Luke BUNNIK 28
14 Jackson CALDWELL 28
15 Daniel ROBERTSON 21
Pos Name Total
1 Kyron BACON 150
2 Joshua BRIERLEY 128
3 Korey MCMAHON 115
4 Cooper SHEIDOW 106
5 Nathan HOWE 100
6 Riley NANCARROW 95
7 Mathew PYE 78
8 Thomas TEED 69
9 Benjamin TEED 64
10 Jayden RUDD 54
11 Ben BERTINAZZI 51
12 Matt WATERS 42
13 Lewis MARTIN 40
14 Raife DOOLEY 38
15 Jackson PANETTA 38

Junior Standings

Pos Name Total
1 Blake HOLLIS 150
2 Mackenzie JOHNSON 128
3 Zac PERRY 107
4 Oscar COLLINS 101
5 Kobe CONLEY 97
6 Charlie MILTON 88
7 Cody CHITTICK 70
8 Harrison FOSTER 58
9 Jay SIMISTER 50
10 Hayden CAMPBELL 46
11 Jack LYDFORD 44
12 Clay PARSONS 39
13 Jack CONLAN 39
14 Tom BROTHERTON 37
15 Jasper FRANKLIN 27
Pos Name Total
1 Riley MCGILLIVRAY 147
2 William DENNETT 122
3 Kodi STEPHENS 120
4 Maxwell LIEBEKNECHT 89
5 Jethro CARRIAGE 76
6 Jake HAYES 69
7 Kelly WOOLSTON 63
8 Jack BITHELL 61
9 Justin HARROW 55
10 Ariana COLLINS 51
11 William COOPER 49
12 Tom PARK 48
13 Campbell O’DONNELL 47
14 Thomas FOSTER 43
15 Zeth BOND 36
Pos Name Total
1 Campbell HALL 124
2 Max PHILLIPS 121
3 Billy HARGY 120
4 Jett YARNOLD 109
5 Luke CHELLAS 92
6 Thomas VANCE 70
7 William VELLA 70
8 Kyle SANDSTROM 57
9 Corbin RIDDLE 55
10 Liam JACKSON 47
11 Samuel CODRINGTON 46
12 Jack SHEARER 46
13 Cody KILPATRICK 34
14 Jet BRIEN 34
15 Blake BOYD 33

Masters/Veterans/Women’s Standings

Pos Name Total
1 Kirk HUTTON 147
2 Peter RUDD 100
3 Craig TREASURE 96
4 Timothy MARTIN 88
5 Ian MCGILLIVRAY 80
6 Ian JENNER 64
7 John BAKER 55
8 Brad WILLISCROFT 47
9 Andrew DENNETT 47
10 Hank WILKES 46
11 Stephen MATHESON 45
12 David PRATTEN 44
13 Timothy MARTIN 40
14 Shane DAWSON 37
15 Zac WILLIAMS 35
Pos Name Total
1 Lee STEPHENS 140
2 Jason PEARCE 96
3 Paul CHADWICK 88
4 Luke ABLITT 80
5 Christopher THOMAS 74
6 Daniel SAWTELL 61
7 Dan RALPH 47
8 Damian SMITH 47
9 Phil NEWMAN 47
10 Scott DUNN 44
11 Matthew KEIPERT 42
12 Daniel WALL 42
13 Benjamin D’ARCY 40
14 Chris THOMAS 40
15 Des DARBY 37
 
Pos Name Total
1 Jessica GARDINER 150
2 Emelie KARLSSON 124
3 Emma MILESEVIC 120
4 Ebony NIELSEN 112
5 Danielle FOOT 100
6 Charlotte GAMBLE 69
7 Zoe BOCCARI 54
8 Emi RUPRECHT 44
9 Courtney RUBIE 30
10 Isabella HOOD 27
11 Julie DENYER 24
12 Ivy CROSS 24
13 Amanda CARTER 20
14 Loren FROST 17
15 Jade EMBLEM 17