Bellino leads as Yamaha’s Milner, Hollis, Green claim 2-3-4 outright positions heading into Day Three
It was Husqvarna mounted rider Mathias Bellino who excelled across nine timed tests that came out victorious under the hot Merrijig sun at the second day of the 2016 Yamaha Australian Four Days Enduro.
After CDR Yamaha’s Daniel Milner took the Day One spoils yesterday, he woke up this morning with a target on his back, every competitor wanting to beat the already four time A4DE champion. Husqvarna mounted Mathias Bellino especially eager to show his French fight, winning the first five tests in a row.
On the KTM test first up Bellino posted a quickest time of 6:33.910, a track that he crashed on in yesterday’s slippery conditions. The Yamaha test which played to his strengths yesterday, also worked in favour today rounding out test two with the quickest time of 2:11.226.
The third, fourth and fifth test played out much the same with Mathias winning. His five consecutive wins meant he overtook Milner’s early lead from yesterday, but close behind was Hollis, ready to snatch back some times and Active8 Yamaha Yamalube’s Josh Green increased his speed with every test.
The afternoon saw a long break at the high country township of Jamieson, both sides of the street filled with team colours, tents, flags and banners where riders pulled in, gassed up, tinkered, dusted off and set out again.
Active8 Yamaha Yamalube’s Josh Green, after a well-deserved rest clinched his first outright test win of the event with a 4:52.262 time. Chris Hollis was the next man to attack striking a time of 4:40.657 and winning the Beta test outright before it was straight to the Force Accessories test at the Yamaha A4DE today.
By the eighth test (Force Accessories) the temperature had warmed and so too did Yamaha rider Josh Green’s performance, pulling out a 7:47.541 with Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders nipping at his heels with 7:47.582 –almost too close to call.
Concluding the day, riders had one more test (Yamaha) before their day was done and they could look ahead to tomorrow’s competition. The river crossings, rocks and slippery conditions didn’t deter Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team’s Lachlan Stanford who on the final test today showed his mighty fight with a flying lap time of 2:14.930.
A notable absentee from day one’s results, but a strong Australian Off-Road competitor KTM Enduro Racing Team’s Tye Simmonds also made use of his rival’s fatigue posting a second quickest time of 2:15.258. Bellino (2:15.297) slotting in third, cementing his charge at the half way point in the competition.
Although there was plenty of push back from Australian competitors to overtake the French rival, Bellino was too quick in this morning tests and secured himself an overall time of 54:20.620 across the first two days. Milner (54:28.172) and Hollis (54:39.941) now sit in second and third respectively.
Milner, struggled in two of the nine tests ran on day two allowing Bellino to close the gap and edge ahead at the half way point but the Victorian is confident he can clean up his small mistakes and make a charge for the lead on day three.
Yamaha Racing hold down positions 2-3-4 outright after Day Two of the 2016 Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE).
“Everything went well for me today. It was one of those days where everything just worked. I really enjoyed the motocross style Yamaha Test track before it was chewed up over the course of the day. I am enjoying the conditions and the terrain here. We had really nice view points and scenery, nice fun, fast and flowing tracks, everywhere you go in the world it is different, naturally.”
Respectively winning Day Two’s events outright in the E1, E2 and E3 classes were Green (45:40.175), Bellino (45:25.057) and Stanford (45:56.832).
Josh Green put himself in an outstanding position, on third outright while mounted on a 250cc machine, some 200cc less than his main rivals. Green’s day was highlighted by a test win and with just 20 seconds separating Green from the lead, it’s headed for a tight finish on Saturday afternoon.
Chris Hollis continues to perform well and again was extremely consistent throughout day two. He sits in fourth place outright, third in the E2 class, and is confident he can keep the momentum going into the final two days.
Womens’ and Veterans competitors Tayla Jones (50:36.806) and Dylan Rees (48:30.489) had another cracking day around the country side of rural Victoria cementing their leads in their respective classes after nine tests and plenty of kilometres on their machines today.
Jones stamped her authority on the class and stretched her lead during the day to just over three minutes back to Jemma Wilson and then Jess Gardiner.
Rees has experienced competitors like Damien Smith and Kirk Hutton behind him however, so he will still need to be at his best to take the class win but he has put himself in the perfect position at the half way point.
David Fleming has also shown his strength in the Master’s field managing a fastest overall time of 51:35.343.
Once again it was New South Wales who proved their dominance in the state team titles with the three, Senior, Junior and Women’s Trophy Teams all victorious strengthening their lead over the remaining states.
The conclusion of today marked the half way point in the 2016 Yamaha Australian Four Days Enduro , and with each competitor getting familiar with the trails and tests, anticipation is building for faster times and more competition coming up through the ranks.
As Day Three gets underway, it’s often seen as the championship winning day where the heavy hitters make their move.
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