Daniel Milner tops E3 at Broken Hill

Daniel Sanders wins E2

Luke Styke takes E1 win

Words & Images by John Pearson Media

In an Australian Off Road Championship (AORC) first, the round was held at the famous mining town of Broken Hill over the weekend of September 1-2, breaking away from a traditional club based event saw the AORC dip its toes into the popular scene of desert endurance racing.

AORC Broken Hill Rnd Luke Styke
Luke Styke topped the E1 category – AORC 2018 Round 7 Broken Hill

Riders and teams made the trek out to the iconic location with some already blooded in this type of racing having attempted Hattah and Finke. The hope in previous weeks for moisture had amounted to nothing allowing the attendees one true certainty – with no rain since the last Prime Minister who served a full term was in office, it was going to be dustier than downtown Baghdad.

When Charles Sturt saw this place from the heights of the Barrier Ranges he described what appeared to be a broken hill, hence the now bustling gem of the west was given its name. With silver ore being mined around the town it soon became a rich oasis for those who had the ability to exploit it and while gold never really entered the picture out here, that’s what Australia’s top enduro racers were after.

The previous rounds of the AORC at Dungog saw some fierce battling among the classes, particularly in E1 where Luke Styke and Fraser Higlett traded blows in what has become an enthralling class battle. Daniel Milner and Daniel Sanders were a class above in their respective grades with Milner taking away the fastest result for the weekend.

AORC Broken Hill Rnd Daniel Milner
Daniel Milner was overall fastest – AORC 2018 Round 7 Broken Hill

This event would be very different to any other AORC in recent history with Juniors doing their prologue and race on Saturday with the Senior grades put through their prologue also on Saturday before the finale on Sunday being a 4 hour cross country around the unforgiving terrain south of Broken Hill in what is an almost exact model of the Hattah Desert race format.

The growing popularity of Hattah has been obvious over the last number of years with totally packed grids and large crowds attending and it was hoped there would be similar interest in this event. It was clear this interest has spilled over with a total of 95 AORC riders making the trip. Not having the round entwined with a state event kept the overall numbers down but the event was a success based off AORC entrants.

AORC Broken Hill Rnd Alex Bolton
Alex Bolton – AORC 2018 Round 7 Broken Hill

The Junior prologue and race gave everyone an insight into the conditions they would encounter over the weekend. It was clear from the outset that dust was again going to play a contributing factor. More so in this race due to the cross country format where avoiding the dust would be nigh on impossible, unless you were the leader.

This was only a benefit until lappers came into play. The Junior prologue was short and sharp ending with J3 rider Blake Hollis first off the start grid and the promise of clean air.

AORC Broken Hill Rnd Fraser Higlett
Fraser Higlett was sixth overall – AORC 2018 Round 7 Broken Hill

He made the most of his opportunity and managed to win his class but it was Korey MacMahon who was fastest for the day taking out J4 and eclipsing the field. Max Phillips pushed his KTM 85SX to a commanding victory in the J2 class.

Senior prologue saw the big guns roll up to the start line one at a time for an all-out crack at the fastest time. This is something to watch, with every rider wringing the neck of his machine for the short prologue lap.

Holding nothing back it ended up being Daniel Milner who edged out his team mate Lyndon Snodgrass by 0.002 seconds on the short but challenging track with Active8 Yamaha’s Josh Green rounding out the top 3.

AORC Broken Hill Rnd Daniel Sanders
Daniel Sanders – AORC 2018 Round 7 Broken Hill

The big surprise was Daniel Sanders finishing well back in 9th position. Sunday morning would see some of the best desert racers this country has to offer battle it out around the tight Broken Hill track.

After a night to think about it, everyone arrived primed to race. Unfortunately, no moisture had fallen so it was back out into the dust. As riders prepared for the start, mechanics were busy adapting bikes to suit the dust and to ensure their riders would have the best chance of making the finish.

Milner got business underway and made sure he used the clean air to his advantage. For this race, vision was king, and Milner wore the crown. Unable to make inroads into his impressive start the likes of Styke, Snodgrass, Sanders, to name a few fell slowly behind as Milner rose to the top of the ore pile.

AORC Broken Hill Rnd Riley Graham
Riley Graham – AORC 2018 Round 7 Broken Hill

Yamaha’s Josh Green struck mechanical issues in the first lap and eventually had to withdraw putting a major dent in his championship hopes. Michael Driscoll battled through a tough situation where a damaged gear selector left him with the use of only fourth gear to win the EJ class.

Luke Styke was impressive again sweeping his way to the top of E1 and third fastest overall which was no small feat for the 250cc rider considering he was battling against bikes of double that engine capacity. Husqvarna’s Daniel Sanders topped the podium in E2 with a determined effort.

The Womens class was taken out convincingly by Emelie Karlsson with Jessica Gardiner and Danielle Foot rounding out the podium.

AORC Broken Hill Rnd Jessica Gardiner
Jessica Gardiner – AORC 2018 Round 7 Broken Hill

Peter Rudd was victorious in the Veterans class while Craig Treasure proved too good in Masters.

The three fastest riders for the day were Daniel Milner, Daniel Sanders and Luke Styke.

The next round of AORC competition takes place in South Australia at Kingston SE. It is hoped that recent rain in the area will have helped settle the dust to give the riders a well earned break from the dry conditions.

In recent years South Australia has provided some of the best rounds of the season and it’s clear to see the excitement building.

Senior Cross Country Overall Top 10 (E1-E3)

  1. Daniel Milner 3:49:56.173
  2. Daniel Sanders 3:50:44.075
  3. Luke Styke 3:56:10.428
  4. Lyndon Snodgrass 3:57:04.690
  5. Riley Graham 3:58:15.058
  6. Fraser Higlett 4:01:26.354
  7. Lachlan Stanford 4:02:10.543
  8. Nathan Trigg 4:02:52.094
  9. Stefan Granquist 4:04:21.042
  10. Andrew Wilksch 4:08:03.982

AORC E3 Round 7 Provisional Results

  1. Daniel Milner (KTM Off-Road Factory Racing Team) 3:49:56.173
  2. Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Off-Road Factory Racing Team) 4:02:10.543
  3. Andrew Wilksch (Motul Pirelli Sherco Off-Road Team) 4:08:03.982
  4. Broc Grabham 4:09:47.236
  5. Alex Bolton 4:13:21.340
AORC Broken Hill Rnd Daniel Milner
Daniel Milner – AORC 2018 Round 7 Broken Hill

AORC E3 Standings

  1. Daniel MILNER 175
  2. Lachlan STANFORD 145
  3. Broc GRABHAM 126
  4. Andrew WILKSCH 115
  5. Thomas MASON 111

AORC E2 Round 7 Provisional Results

  1. Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna Off-Road Factory Racing Team) 3:50:44.075
  2. Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM Off-Road Factory Racing Team) 3:57:04.690
  3. Riley Graham 3:58:15.058
  4. Nathan Trigg (Motul Pirelli Sherco Off-Road Team) 4:02:52.094
  5. Stefan Granquist 4:04:21.042

AORC E2 Standings

  1. Daniel SANDERS 175
  2. Lyndon SNODGRASS 146
  3. Joshua GREEN 128
  4. Stefan GRANQUIST 118
  5. Riley GRAHAM 115

AORC E1 Round 7 Provisional Results

  1. Luke Styke (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube) 3:56:10.428
  2. Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna Off-Road Factory Racing Time) 4:01:26.354
  3. Jeremy Carpentier (MX Store, Ballards Off-Road Team) 4:11:10.128
  4. Brad Hardaker 4:12:24.768
  5. Peter-Daniel Allan 4:06:13.923 (1 Lap Down)

AORC E1 Standings

  1. Luke STYKE 172
  2. Fraser HIGLETT 145
  3. Jack SIMPSON 120
  4. Jeremy CARPENTIER 114
  5. Brad HARDAKER 105

AORC EJ Round 7 Provisional Results

  1. Michael Driscoll (bLU cRU Yamaha Racing Team) 4:12:37.458
  2. Joshua Brierley 4:14:43.722
  3. William Price 4:19:59.933
  4. Mitchell Brierley 3:45:31.193 (1 Lap Down)
  5. Harrison Teed 3:48:27.672 (1 Lap Down)

AORC EJ Round 7 Provisional Results

  1. Michael DRISCOLL 175
  2. Joshua BRIERLEY 148
  3. Corey HAMMOND 123
  4. Mitchell BRIERLEY 112
  5. Harrison TEED 109
AORC Broken Hill Rnd Korey McMahon
Korey McMahon – AORC 2018 Round 7 Broken Hill

AORC J4 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Korey McMahon 2:17:26.671
  2. Matthew Pye 2:25:23.176
  3. Raife Dooley 2:31:22.100
  4. Matt Waters 2:31:23.592
  5. Max Price 2:12:11.843 (1 Lap down)

AORC J4 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Korey MCMAHON 166
  2. Kyron BACON 139
  3. Mathew PYE 132
  4. Raife DOOLEY 86
  5. Matt WATERS 83

AORC J3 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Blake Hollis 2:23:19.481
  2. Ned Chapman 2:27:38.837
  3. Charlie Milton 2:31:36.074
  4. Oscar Collins 2:15:55.003 (1 Lap down)
  5. Sam Barton 2:20:03.719 (1 Lap Down)

AORC J3 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Blake HOLLIS 153
  2. Will RIORDAN 150
  3. Ned CHAPMAN 137
  4. Charlie MILTON 107
  5. Sam BARTON 101

AORC J2 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Max Phillips 2:08:19.007
  2. Billy Hargy 2:12:31.882
  3. Kobe Conley 2:16:48.281
  4. Zac Perry 2:17:26.316
  5. Taj Gow-Smith 2:18:09.084

AORC J2 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Billy HARGY 146
  2. Kobe CONLEY 135
  3. Mackenzie JOHNSON 123
  4. Max PHILLIPS 122
  5. Angus RIORDAN 100
AORC Broken Hill Rnd Emelie Karlsson
Emelie Karlsson – AORC 2018 Round 7 Broken Hill

AORC Womens Round 7 Provisional Top 3

  1. Emelie Karlsson 3:31:14.241
  2. Jessica Gardiner (MX Store, Ballards Off-Road Team) 3:38:25.255
  3. Danielle Foot (Motul Pirelli Sherco Off-Road Team) 3:45:42.806

AORC Womens Standings

  1. Jessica GARDINER 161
  2. Emelie KARLSSON 147
  3. Danielle FOOT 119
  4. Jemma WILSON 107
  5. Sophie COLDICUTT 74

AORC Veterans Round 7 Provisional Top 3

  1. Peter Rudd 4:08:21.823
  2. Richard Chibnall 4:08:31.628
  3. Jade Gartlan 3:47:53.291 (1 Lap Down)

AORC Veterans Standings

  1. Richard CHIBNALL 166
  2. Jade GARTLAN 148
  3. Peter RUDD 131
  4. Paul CHADWICK 64
  5. Hugh HOWARTH 60

AORC Master’s Round 7 Provisional Top 3

  1. Craig Treasure 3:56:27.174
  2. David Salt 3:48:51.089
  3. David Love 3:50:37.592

AORC Master’s Standings

  1. Geoffrey BALLARD 144
  2. Craig TREASURE 122
  3. David SALT 86
  4. Ian JENNER 78
  5. Michael WIDDISON 76

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