2019 Yamaha AORC

Round 7 Broken Hill

By John Pearson Media

1927. That was the last time it rained in Broken Hill. Many moons have passed since the last drops of moisture quenched the parched desert soils between Broken Hill and Wentworth near the South Australian border.

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Michael Driscoll – Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

That wasn’t going to stop the Australian Off Road Championships from coming to town in an effort to summon Zeus, the god of rain and thunder in the hope that he would take pity on this ravaged land and it’s inhabitants.

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Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

When we arrived at the venue for this year’s event, it was clear that no amount of prayer was going to help. The ground was bone dry. With little more than a passing shower since the last time the AORC was here, it was clear no god could save us now.

Coupled with the ever-increasing winds it soon became obvious that this would be the total opposite to Hattah. A desert race in every sense of the word. But what else did we expect? With riders across 10 grades hoping to tame the wild and unforgiving landscape it was certain this was going to be a game of survival and intelligence, where the rider who could manage the brutal conditions would find themselves atop a sand pile for the ages.

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Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

Juniors raced Saturday in a three-hour enduro event that saw young Yamaha gun Blake Hollis take the lead and never look back. In what was an impressive ride in the conditions he managed to finish well clear of second place and claim the J4 podium in convincing fashion.

Riley McGillivray decimated the competition in J3 while in J2 Billy Hargy showed why he is going to be one to watch as he steps up into the older grades.

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Luke Styke – Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

The Senior Prologue was also held Saturday giving the big boys and girls a chance to lock in a favourable start position that would be critical to their success in Sunday’s outing. As usual, the two fastest riders in the country pushed each other to the line with Husqvarna Enduro Team rider Daniel Sanders edging out KTM Offroad Team rider Daniel Milner by 1.06 seconds.

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Daniel Sanders – Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

Threesix Motorsports Yamaha rider Luke Styke showed why he can’t be discounted managing to put his WR250F in third place. A huge effort taking into consideration the sandy terrain and the fact that many of the bikes behind him were double the capacity.

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Matt Pye – Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

So the stage was set for what was anticipated to be some exciting racing as everyone prayed the wind would drop slightly so the ever present dust storms would ease up. While some intermittent showers teased everyone unfortunately all prayers went unanswered.

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Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

Sunday began like Saturday. Plenty of laughs and some good humour thrown in by the Broken Hill Harley Riders Association who battled all weekend to make sure the windblown crowd had something to eat and drink, and kept spirits as high as could be expected.

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A Hattah-style start with staggered starts to keep dust levels down – Luke Styke – Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

The wind also picked up strength to exceed the previous day, as riders readied themselves on the start line in a Hattah Desert Race style start without the mass run to the first corner. Each rider was released twenty five seconds apart in an effort to keep the dust to a minimum in the early stages of the race.

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Daniel Sanders – Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

Daniel Sanders sped off with a purpose and never looked back. He led from start to finish eventually clinching the overall and his class win by some four-minutes.

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Daniel Milner – Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

Daniel Milner spent his day trying to catch Sanders but in the treacherous conditions he wasn’t able to reel him in. Milner finished on top of the E2 standings however to continue his perfect class record for 2019.

Milner’s teammate Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM Offroad Enduro Team) clinched the E1 silverware with an impressive display in which he showed not only maturity but also raw, unadulterated speed while battling with Threesix Motorsports Yamaha rider Luke Styke for the entire race.

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Lyndon Snodgrass – Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

The Women’s podium was topped by a new face in Honda mounted Emma Milesevic who held off Jess Gardiner and Emelie Karlsson (Yamaha) for the win after three hours.

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Emma Milesevic topped the womens podium from Jess Gardiner and Emelie Karlsson – Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC

Rounds 8 and 9 move to Coonalpyn SA in three weeks time for what will be another sand event. After this years Broken Hill round there are many in the pits hoping for a warmish, windless affair but nobody is holding their breath given the fact we’ve seen some extremes in weather so far this year. Surely we’re due for it though.

2Daniel MILNER04:39.6
3Lyndon SNODGRASS05:54.8
4Joshua GREEN07:04.3
5Luke STYKE09:11.2
6Fraser HIGLETT12:48.8
7Andrew WILKSCH13:55.6
8Alexander BOLTON15:10.2
9Jeremy CARPENTIER15:11.9
10Beau RALSTON15:27.2
2Samuel PRETSCHERER03:09.5
3Riley MCGILLIVRAY12:20.4
4Charlie MILTON1 lap
5Maxwell LIEBEKNECHT1 lap
6Kodi STEPHENS1 lap
7Jack LYDFORD1 lap
8Mackenzie JOHNSON1 lap
9Oscar COLLINS1 lap
10Clay PARSONS2 laps

E1 Standings following Broken Hill

1Luke STYKE140
2Lyndon SNODGRASS127
3Fraser HIGLETT123
4Michael DRISCOLL120
5Lachlan ALLAN89
6Alexander RUDLOFF73
8Joseph COLE51
10Jeremy FRANKLIN46

E2 Standings following Broken Hill

1Daniel MILNER150
2Joshua GREEN132
5Harrison TEED91
7Brent DEAN64
8Hayden KEELEY52
10William PRICE47

E3 Standings following Broken Hill

1Daniel SANDERS150
2Beau RALSTON130
3Jesse LAWTON108
4Andrew WILKSCH102
5Matt MURRY100
6Daniel WELSH84
7Nathan DELAWARE62
8Timothy LONSDALE56
9Lachlan SMITH53
10Matthew BEAUMONT48

EJ Standings following Broken Hill

1Kyron BACON150
2Joshua BRIERLEY128
3Korey MCMAHON115
4Cooper SHEIDOW106
5Nathan HOWE100
7Mathew PYE78
8Thomas TEED69
9Benjamin TEED64
10Jayden RUDD54