Daniel Milner continued his AORC domination at Rounds 5 & 6 in Miva, QLD
It was once again Daniel Milner who put on an astounding performance at AORC Rounds 5 and 6, with great weather in Miva, Queensland ensuring a cracker event as the many classes fought it out over the two day event, with Round 5 Saturday, and Round 6 Sunday.
AORC Round 5
The first day of the Miva Sprint Races got underway, for Round 5 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC). The premier classes for Yamaha AORC are extremely competitive and E3, E2, E1 and EJ class contenders put it all on the line for victory.
The pace and weather at Miva was hot, with the tracks being in peak condition when senior riders left the YZ450FX test gate. A number of riders managed to turn the tables on their rivals from Rawson to make the situation intriguing.
The Juniors excelled on the tight terrain on the bLU cRU test track, as part of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC). The young riders showed off their incredible riding ability and skillset to tough out the gullies and rocky terrain that they encountered.
The Womens, Vets and Masters took off from the WR450F Test Gate for today’s sprint race at Miva QLD for Round 5. Coming out on top was Jemma Wilson, Kirk Hutton and Derek Grundy for their respective classes.
Australian Off Road Championships Outright Rd.5 Results
Milner DANIEL 1:16:30.614 KTM
Josh GREEN 1:17:04.746 YAMAHA
Jack Simpson 1:17:38.732 KTM
Lachlan STANFORD 1:18:02.179 HUSQVARNA
Graham RILEY 1:18:18.408 YAMAHA
Snodgrass LYNDON 1:18:25.829 KTM
Fraser HIGLETT 1:18:42.069 HUSQVARNA
Driscoll MICHAEL 1:18:44.980 YAMAHA
Grabham BROC 1:18:53.649 HUSQVARNA
Scott KEEGAN 1:19:39.670 YAMAHA
Last year’s E1 Champion and KTM rider, Jack Simpson achieved his objective of taking out the E1 class victory. Simpson was very impressive with his overall time of 1:17:38.732. Up next was Scott Keegan of the Snap Fitness Yamaha Team, he finished with his time of 1:19:39.670.
After dominating Rawson, Wil Ruprecht of the Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team finished third after having a fall which comprised his overall lap time. Ruprecht finished with a time of 1:20:41.223.
E1 Provisional Results – Round 5
Jack Simpson – 1:17:38.732
Scott Keegan 1:19:39.670
Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team) – 1:20:41.223
Brad Hardaker – 1:22:17.962
Baylee Davies – 1:22:32.978
Justin Parker – 1:23:56.019
Kristian Sprenger – 1:24:17.951
Andrew Janke – 1:25:03.237
Simon Boyd – 1:27:15.018
Brady Pascoe – 1:29:58.957
All eyes were on the highly competitive E2 class to see who would come out on top. Once again Daniel Milner of the KTM Enduro Team led from the front to take another victory. He was imperious in the sixth test with the fastest lap time of 9:23.960.
“I’m feeling on top of my game at the moment. Today was a great day in which I won every test; although Greeny really put it to me in a couple of them. All that matters is coming out on top and hopefully we can repeat the result tomorrow. The track was unbelievably good today, its great to see the effort that has gone into the track, there is a very nice quarry section that’s technical, as well as rocky terrain and nice flowing clay surface.”
The KTM rider has looked just as impressive as he did back at Rawson. Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team’s, Josh Green came in second place after Milner. Green is far and away Milner’s greatest challenger and it will be fascinating to see whether the Yamaha rider can up his pace a notch to take to claim the top step of the podium tomorrow.
Green noted he was confident he could find the pace and make the adjustments to challenge Milner for victory tomorrow. Riley Graham from South Australia achieved another top three result with his time of 1:18:18.408.
Lachie Stanford of the Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team landed to first blow of the weekend for in class, with a total time of 1:18:02.179. It’s a great start to the weekend for the rider from Byron Bay as he looks to take out the round overall.
Despite not getting into the flow straight away, Stanford noted that a setup change from the opening rounds allowed for strong pace in the last four tests.
Lyndon Snodgrass of the KTM Enduro Team was his closest challenger and the two appear to be on course to battle for the rest of the year for E3 spoils. Snodgrass had a total sprint time of 1:18:25.829.
Tom Mason showed what it takes to fight with the Championship’s elite by rounding up the top three in third position on his KTM. He finished with a total elapsed time of 1:20:49.488.
Fraser Higlett would come to the fore for Under 19’s on his Husqvarna but it wouldn’t be without a hard fought battle with Michael Driscoll on his Yamaha. In the early tests, Higlett was showing excellent pace and looked to be pulling away.
However Driscoll was strong in the later stages of the day and almost caught Husqvarna rider. It wouldn’t be enough to claim the first place. Higlett posted a total time of 1:18:42.069 with Driscoll a 1:18:44.980. In third place would be Reynders Jonte on his Yamaha, his total time would be 1:20:26.025.
Transmoto EJ Provisional Results – Round 5
Fraser Higlett – 1:18:42.069
Michael Driscoll – 1:18:44.980
Reynders Jonte – 1:20:26.025
Nic Tomlinson (DSR Motul/Perelli Sherco Off Road Racing Team) – 1:21:20.950
Dalton Johnson – 1:21:39.824
Lachlan Allan – 2:23:45.202
Seton Broomhall – 1:23:46.379
Ruben Chadwick – 1:24:44.692
Harry Teed – 1:24:44.692
Jacob Peacook – 1:25:28.463
Kyron Bacon on his Honda just came out ahead of Will Riordan on the KTM after a tight tussle at the top. Bacon with his time of 1:00:29.866 managed to overcome Riordan’s time of 1:00:33.594.
Husqvarna mounted Jasper Franklin finished third with his time of 1:05:21.229.
Provisional Results J2 – Round 5
Kyron Bacon – 1:00:29.866
Will Riordan – 1:00:30.640
Jasper Franklin – 1:05:21.229
Zac Perry – 1:06:21.003
Mackenzie Johnson – 1:08:14.388
Dusten O’Neil – 1:08:30.182
Levii Read – 1:11:30.203
Harry Newbold – 1:12:25.090
Benjamin French – 1:14:24.024
Yolanda Treasure – 1:14:28.859
Jayden Rudd finished in first position for the J3 class with his time of 59:53.321. The KTM rider backed up his impressive clean sweep at Rawson and looks on course the repeat that result.
Up next was Ned Chapman on a Yamaha, he finished with a total time of 1:00:33.594. Matthew Pye on a Husqvarna slotted into a top three position with a 1:01:05.523.
“It was an excellent day today, I really enjoyed the off-camber corners and the track was in absolute prime condition. Looking forward to getting out there tomorrow!”
Provisional Results J3 – Round 5
Jayden Rudd – 59:53.321
Ned Chapman – 1:00:33.594
Matthew Pye – 1:01:05.523
Tully O’Neil – 1:02:03.026
Benjamin Teed – 1:03:30.106
Thomas Teed – 1:03:50.144
Jared Watson – 1:07:29.777
Bailey Nathan – 1:10:37.711
Joshua Brierley further established himself as a star of the future by winning today’s sprint race for the J4 class on his Husqvarna machine. As it stands Brierley is a class above the competition and clearly enjoys the Miva track. He finished with an overall time of 55:48.451.
“Had a great day today in the sprints, came out in top in most of the tests and managed a significant lead by the end of the day. The track was really exciting with heaps of jumps and tight bush. The section along the river with the sand was particularly thrilling.”
Up next was Corey Hammond on a KTM, finishing close to a minute behind with his time of 56:43.568. Brother of the race winner, Mitchell Brierley rounded out the top three positions with his time 57:41.713 on a KTM machine.
Provisional Results J4 – Round 5
Joshua Brierley – 55:48.451
Corey Hammond – 56:43.568
Mitchell Brierley – 57:41.713
Nathan Howe – 59:00.231
Bertinazzi Benjamin – 1:01:00.261
Ryan Thompson – 1:01:02.051
Riley Nancarrow – 1:01:18.890
Connor Gee – 1:01:44.721
Tate Plummer – 1:02:49.470
Jy Howe – 1:02:51.887
Derek Grundy once again took victory for the Masters class as part of the DSR Motul/Perelli Sherco Off Road Racing Team. The Sherco rider finished well ahead of his closest challenger in Craig Treasure on his Husqvarna.
Treasure accumulated an overall lap time of 1:02:48.812. Yamaha mounted Robert Day fought his way to third place with his overall time of 1:03:17.641.
Provisional Results Masters – Round 5
Derek Grundy (DSR Motul/Perelli Sherco Off Road Racing Team) – 1:00:46.751
Craig Treasure – 1:02:48.812
Robert Day – 1:03:17.641
Ian Jenner – 1:03:22.912
Steve Sherwood – 1:04:01.398
Michael Murry – 1:06:01.428
Mark Cram – 1:06:51.407
Darrin Strauch – 1:06:54.679
Brett Spence – 1:07:25.171
Dave Thompson – 1:07:47.435
Victory for the Vets belonged to AORC statesman Kirk Hutton on a Yamaha with his total elapsed time of 57:26.648. Jason Pearce finished in second position, he had an accumulated time of 1:02:30.695.
Local rider Russell French on a Yamaha managed a third placing after he took a combined 1:04:40.309 to finish the tests.
Provisional Results Vets – Round 5
Kirk Hutton – 57:26.648
Jason Pearce – 1:02:30.695
Russell French – 1:04:40.309
Jim Kennedy – 1:05:26.008
Kyronne Treasure – 1:05:38.506
Trevot Duncan – 1:09:38.466
Daniel Siggs – 1:14:04.980
Bobby Ervin – 1:03:45.561
Jade Gartlan – 7:09.760 DNF
Three Yamaha riders took out the Women’s class top three. Jemma Wilson further established herself as the queen of the Women’s Championship by winning Saturday’s sprint race.
The three time Women’s AORC Champion and local rider stormed home to finish first with a total accumulated lap time of 1:00:51.601.
Up next was Sophie Coldicutt with a total lap time of 1:01:53.292 improving on her performance from Rawson. Victorian Tegan Hall rounded out the top three with a total lap time of 1:02:43.025.
Provisional Results Womens – Round 5
Jemma Wilson – 1:00:51.601
Sophie Coldicutt – 1:01:53.292
Tamara Gray – 1:02:26.143
Tegan Hall – 1:02:43.025
Emelie Karlsson – 1:03:28.780
Ebony Nielsen – 1:04:44.682
Ainsleigh Ross – 1:07:06.893
Naomi Carlson – 1:09:20.454
Kate Norman – 1:11:59.793
AORC Round 6
Seniors raced from the bLU cRU and WR450F Test Tracks in Sunday’s racing for Round 6 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) which was full of thrills and spills as the E1, E2, E3 and Transmoto EJ class competed for victory.
The track was once again in prime condition and Scott Keegan, Daniel Milner, Lachie Stanford and Fraser Higlett rode brilliantly to take the wins for their respective classes.
The Juniors also moved towards the more extensive WR450F test track. On Sunday it would be talented juniors, Brierley, Rudd and Riordan to all have sensational victories.
As the Womens, Vets and Masters competed from the YZ450FX test gate it would be Wilson, Hutton and Grundy to come out on top for their respective classes.
As Round 6 at Miva has drawn to a close, a number of riders showed significant domination to go back to back.
Australian Off Road Championships Outright Rd.6 Results
Milner DANIEL 1:11:26.031 KTM
Josh GREEN 1:12:26.499 YAMAHA
Lachlan STANFORD 1:13:36.693 HUSQVARNA
Snodgrass LYNDON 1:13:51.248 KTM
Graham RILEY 1:14:13.393 YAMAHA
Fraser HIGLETT 1:14:28.729 HUSQVARNA
Grabham BROC 1:14:51.169 HUSQVARNA
Driscoll MICHAEL 1:14:52.098 YAMAHA
Scott KEEGAN 1:14:55.673 YAMAHA
Granquist STEFAN 1:14:57.257 YAMAHA
Scott Keegan of the Snap Fitness Yamaha team took victory for the E1 class, achieving the win after Jack Simpson was given a five-minute penalty added to his overall time by the stewards. Keegan had an overall time of 1:11:41.468.
“Yesterday started off well, the track was not wet and sloppy for once, and I liked the layout so I just went out on my merry way and didn’t change a thing all day. It started well and ended well with my fifth outright podium. Today I had my head down and arse up and in the very last sprint and there was a right hander where the bunting was down and there were six or seven lines that went through it. In an instant I thought, if it’s down, go through it, because everyone else will be – like in the past when I’ve had people randomly beat me by 18 seconds. But I did the wrong thing and I admit that. I’m not brought up to be a cheater or anything like that, I’d rather stick to my own track. But I’ll cop this on the chin and learn from it.”
The next rider to complete the sprint was Wil Ruprecht of the Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team, with his compiled total test time of 1:15:46.893.
Completing the podium trifecta for the E1 Class was Brad Hardaker on his Yamaha. His accumulated lap time was 1:17:46.182.
E1 Provisional Results – Round 6
Scott Keegan (Snap Fitness Yamaha Team) – 1:14:55.673
Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team) – 1:15:46.893
Jack Simpson – Relegated to third
Brad Hardaker – 1:17:46.182
Baylee Davies – 1:17:53.603
Kristian Sprenger – 1:20:00.107
Justin Parker – 1:20:05.909
Andrew Janke – 1:20:22.160
Simon Boyd – 1:22:31.700
Brady Pascoe – 1:25:12.601
Daniel Milner put on another sensational performance for the KTM Enduro Team. With the KTM rider in such imperious form yesterday, it was always likely that Milner could achieve another clean sweep.
Milner has not lost a race since his return to Yamaha AORC this year. His overall combined time was a 1:11:26.031. Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team) was once again Milner’s greatest challenger.
“Today was a bit more motocross-friendly so the moto guys came out swinging. It’s the first time this year I’ve been beaten in a test. Simmo and Greeny were on my hammer all day but I pushed as hard as I could and came away with the win. I’m really hungry this year and really enjoying working with a new team. I put in a massive off season on and off the bike and I’m very excited with the start we’ve got. With the bike we had everything today; we had rooty, rocky, sandy, plenty of rocks and the rest of it. It was really technical and for my setup to swallow all of those conditions with ease, I’ve definitely got it to where I like it in a very short time.”
His total aggregated time was a 1:12:26.499. Green summed up his Sprint Race performances over the weekend;
“The bike was awesome and it handled everything I threw at it! There were mistakes here and there but overall it was a clean weekend. I’m still not 100 percent fit from my injuries, but in this game you’re never quite at your peak. It’s tough, as Daniel (Milner) and I are aiming for the same position. At the moment he’s doing a better job and we’ll have to improve to get ahead of him.”
It would be South Australian Riley Graham to one again arrive in third position on his Yamaha machine. He posted an overall lap time of 1:14:13.393.
E2 Provisional Results – Round 6
Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Team) – 1:11:26.031
Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team) – 1:12:26.499
Lachie Stanford of the Husqvarna Enduro Team managed to claim a clean sweep for the E1 class at Round 6 at Miva. Finishing the final test with a concluding time of 1:13:36.693. Stanford noted that a change in setup allowed for an improvement in bike performance.
“We tried a few different alterations to the bike for Rounds 5 & 6 at Miva, which included softening the suspension. It was a great battle with Lyndon (Snodgrass) all weekend, it sure was plenty of fun!”
Following behind Stanford was once again Lyndon Snodgrass for the KTM Enduro Team with his time of 1:13:51.248. Third was Tom Mason on a KTM, who rounded out the top three with a total time of 1:16:28.913.
“The tracks were awesome today so it was good to be tearing it up out there. With sixth yesterday and fourth today, it’s been the best Queensland round I’ve ever had. Me and Lachy had another big battle again but he ended up getting me in the end. It was a little bit hard at the beginning of the day picking lines on the two stroke, but once I got it sorted I was really enjoying it. In the deep ruts and in and out of the trees, it was pretty awesome.”
Fraser Higlett once again took victory for the Under 19’s Transmoto EJ class on his Husqvarna. As one of the stars of the future, Higlett’s pace around the Miva tracks was impressive.
He wasn’t without a challenger in Michael Driscoll who wasn’t far off with his overall time of 1:14:52.098, on his Yamaha. Yamaha rider Reynders Jonte completed the podium places with his 1:15:24.622 time.
Transmoto EJ Provisional Results – Round 6
Fraser Higlett – 1:14:28.729
Michael Driscoll – 1:14:52.098
Reynders Jonte – 1:15:24.622
Nic Tomlinson (DSR Motul/Perelli Sherco Off Road Racing Team) – 1:16:13.770
Dalton Johnson – 1:17:25.219
Lachlan Allan – 1:19:08.673
Jacob Peacock – 1:19:54.748
Seton Broomhall – 1:20:08.515
Harry Teed – 1:20:52.428
Ruben Chadwick – 1:20:53.397
Will Riordan on a KTM just came out ahead of Kyron Bacon on the Honda. Riordan with his time of 50:52:957 managed to overcome Bacon’s time of 51:08:820. Jasper Franklin on the Husqvarna finished third with his time of 54:17:243.
Provisional Results J2 – Round 6
Will Riordan – 50:52:957
Kyron Bacon – 51:08:820
Jasper Franklin – 54:17:243
Zac Perry – 54:47.167
Mackenzie Johnson – 55:18.679
Dusten O’Neil – 57:13.662
Harry Newbold – 57:37.279
Levii Read – 58:54.179
Yolanda Treasure – 1:03:36.598
Benjamin French – 55:59.820
Jayden Rudd ascended on top of the J3 class on his KTM machine. He posted a 49:50.517 to win the sprint race. Up next was Matthew Pye on a Husqvarna. This weekend at Miva was a significant improvement for Pye as he finished on the podium both days.
His overall combined time was a 50:40.325. Ned Chapman on a Yamaha slotted into a top three position with a 51:33.198 after he was overtaken by Pye in the time sheets on Sunday.
Provisional Results J3 – Round 6
Jayden Rudd – 49:50.517
Matthew Pye– 50:40.325
Ned Chapman – 51:33.198
Thomas Teed – 54:11.503
Jared Watson – 54:40.043
Benjamin Teed – 55:34.548
Bailey Nathan – 58:10.174
The J4 class has once again been a Brierley dominated affair with the two brothers achieving podium positions. Husqvara rider Joshua Brierley once again dominated the J4 class.
The young superstar has won every J4 race so far this season. In second was Corey Hammond on the KTM with his overall time of 47:51.830. In third was Husqvara rider Mitchell Brierley with his overall time of 48:40.297.
Provisional Results J4 – Round 6
Joshua Brierley – 47:00.114
Corey Hammond – 47:51.830
Mitchell Brierley – 48:40.297
Nathan Howe – 49:36.885
Bertinazzi Benjamin – 50:56.906
Riley Nancarrow – 51:05.829
Connor Gee – 51:32.910
Ryan Thompson – 51:43.041
Tully O’Neil – 52:34.273
Jy Howe – 52:59.363
The Masters class is reserved for riders 45 years and over and is often filled with legends of the sport. Derek Grundy once again took victory for the Masters class as part of the DSR Motul/Perelli Sherco Off Road Racing Team.
The Sherco rider finished well ahead of his closest challenger in Ian Jenner on his KTM. Jenner accumulated an overall lap time of 52:14.498. Husqvarna mounted Craig Treasure fought his way to third place with his overall time of 53:00.591.
Provisional Results Masters – Round 6
Derek Grundy (DSR Motul/Perelli Sherco Off Road Racing Team) – 51:51.785
Ian Jenner – 52:14.498
Craig Treasure – 53:00.591
Steve Sherwood – 54:33.486
Dave Thompson – 55:23.665
Michael Murry – 55:54.281
Shane Bukovinsky – 56:00.990
Mark Cram – 56:01.652
Darrin Strauch – 58:35:901
James Nielson – 58:53.474
The Vets are a class reserved for 35 years and over and machines may be of any capacity. Victory for the Vets belonged to long time AORC competitor Kirk Hutton on a Yamaha with his total elapsed time of 47:17.996.
Jason Pearce finished in second position, he had an accumulated time of 52:26:337. Russell French on his Yamaha had a solid result with third place and a total sprint time of 54:50:683.
Provisional Results Vets – Round 6
Kirk Hutton – 47:17.996
Jason Pearce – 52:26:337
Russell French – 54:50:683
Jim Kennedy – 55:02:430
Kyronne Treasure – 55:16:622
Bobby Ervin – 59:20:730
Trevot Duncan – 1:00:26:823
Daniel Siggs – 1:01:46:638
The Women’s class is one the most followed classes in Yamaha AORC with some of the greatest female motorcycling talent in the nation. Yamaha riders would once again dominate the podium.
Local rider of the region Jemma Wilson was successful in her mission to go back to back for the weekend. Her total time was a 49:57.035. As a local of the area, Wilson received a significant amount of support and was a popular winner.
Her closest challenger was Emelie Karlsson with a lap time of 51:08.059. Sophie Coldicutt managed a respectable third position with an overall lap time of 51:08.378.
Provisional Results Womens – Round 6
Jemma Wilson – 49:57.035
Emelie Karlsson – 51:08.059
Sophie Coldicutt – 51:08.378
Tegan Hall – 51:47.847
Tamara Gray – 53:52.604
Ebony Nielsen – 55:15.017
Ainsleigh Ross– 56:03.984
Naomi Carlson – 58:43.052
Kate Norman – 1:01:44.363
The Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship will continue on June 24-25 at Renmark, South Australia.
2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar
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