Riders were thrown into rough conditions in Cessnock on day three, including a gruelling 165km trail ride as well as completing five tests. Knee high ruts and bull dust put the rider’s skills on show throughout the tests.
Daniel Milner completed a hat-trick on day three, claiming three wins from three days in Cessnock. Milner took out all five of the tests to further cement himself at the top of the E3 class.
Daniel Sanders continued his fine form, making it three from three E2 class.
Fraser Higlett also continued his improvement, claiming day three honours in the E1 class aboard his Husqvarna.
Daniel Milner continued his domination of the Cessnock E3 class, grabbing the day three result to back up his day one and two wins. Milner pulled ahead of his nearest E3 competitor, finishing the day with a 33:18.345.
Lachlan Stanford again finished in second position, and the podium on day three was rounded out by Broc Grabham aboard his Gas Gas.
“The trail was tough, it basically turned into a special test as we had to make the test, but we were solid in the tests grabbing all five test wins. It was a bit of a struggle in the test as they were clapped out with knee high ruts, and I also had two crashes in the tests, but I managed to keep pushing forward and stay at the front. I’m looking forward to the final moto tomorrow as I’ve never won a final moto, so I will be looking to grab the win and take out the A4DE title.”
Day 3 A4DE E3 Provisional Results
Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Racing Team) – 33:18.345
Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) – 34:46.287
Broc Grabham – 35:05.595
Andrew Wilksch (Motul Pirelli Sherco Team) – 35:43.622
Kane Hall – 35:44.444
Tom Mason – 36:14.243
Jesse Lawton – 36:34.967
Stuart Holt – 37:46.934
Hayden Keeley – 39:11.780
Kade Dorrington – 39:13.821
Daniel Sanders continued to lead the pack in the E2 class, taking out day three as he did on days one and two. Pushing his bike to the limit and losing a helmet peak, Sanders stopped the clock on day three at 33:25.379.
Josh Green backed up his day two with another second place on day three, while Green’s teammate Will Ruprecht finished in third position and showing no signs of the shoulder injury he suffered earlier this season, completing the five tests.
“It was a very tough day at the office in the dust, it was great to finish what was a long and tiring day and grab the win again. I’m looking forward to the final moto tomorrow, as I get to bring out my motocross skills and the boys will get loose and wild, but its going to be good fun on the 450, and the plan will be to get a good start and check out from the pack.”
Day 3 A4DE E2 Provisional Results
Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) – 33:25.379
Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Off-Road Team) – 34:10.881
Husqvarna’s Fraser Higlett continued his impressive A4DE campaign, grabbing the honours on day three. Higlett is a fan on the dusty tracks and put that to good use during the five tests and 165km of gruelling trails.
Motocross convert turned enduro rider Luke Styke continues to impress, collecting second position. Michael Driscoll has looked at home in the E1 class ever since making the jump from the EJ class he runs in the AORC, placing in third position.
Day 3 A4DE E1 Provisional Results
Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) – 34:31.299
Luke Styke (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Off-Road Team) – 34:44.948
Michael Driscoll – 35:07.244
Jeremy Carpentier (Yamaha MX Store Ballard’s Off-Road Team) – 35:33.752
Jack Simpson – 35:55.963
Brad Hardaker – 36:45.888
Mitchell Brierley – 38:14.011
Thomas Jenner – 39:05.163
Morgan Fitzgerald – 39:05.496
PD Allan – 39:14.960
Jemma Wilson bounced back after a second-place finish on day two, to claim day three aboard her Yamaha.
In a day that tested the riders from start to finish, Wilson found an extra gear, and despite a few falls and losing a helmet peak, she found a way to win. Day two winner Jessica Gardiner had to settle for second and Emelie Karlsson rounded out the podium after a solid day’s riding, stopping the clock at 41:56.904.
“Yeah look it was rough as out there today, both the test we did twice today were pretty insane. I had a good first few tests and then i did crash in the last two but to still get the win was pleasing.”
Day 3 A4DE Womens Provisional Results
Jemma Wilson – 40:31.298
Jessica Gardiner – 40:49.550
Emelie Karlsson – 41:56.904
Sophie Coldicutt – 44:30.432
Julie Denyer – 1:14:55.786
Ben Grabham once again led the way in the Veterans class at Cessnock, taking no time on day three to put a gap between himself and the Veterans field. Damien Smith was once again in second position and rounding out the podium was Richard Chibnall.
Day 3 A4DE Veterans Provisional Results
Ben Grabham – 36:29.569
Damian Smith – 37:02.944
Richard Chibnall – 39:39.621
Greg Stephens – 39:41.709
Leigh Bentley – 40:13.272
Jarrad Hardcastle – 40:26.994
Chris Thomas 40:46.398 –
Con Privitera – 41:37.012
Andrew Frost – 41:39.731
Matthew Robinson – 41:43.506
The masters class has been controlled by one rider so far at the A4DE, and that rider is Brad Williscroft and on a day that saw riders tackle tough conditions, Williscroft continued to lead the pack.
James Deakin continued his good form in the masters class picking up another second-place finish. The podium was rounded out by Sean Clarke.
Day 3 A4DE Masters Provisional Results
Brad Williscroft – 38:42.197
James Deakin – 41:11.060
Sean Clarke – 41:26.194
John Baker – 44:01.594
Ian Jenner – 44:34.095
Michael Collins – 44:46.929
Craig Treasure – 44:49.930
Scott Campbell – 45:06.171
Matt Dymock – 45:27.423
Neil Loder – 45:44.380
Josh Green, Brad Hardaker, Broc Grabham, Scott Keegan, Micheal Driscoll and Stefan Granquist once again combined to put NSW at the front of the pack at the end of day three, stopping the clock at 3:31.26.
Queensland were runners up to the NSW team, Lachie Stanford, Luke Styke, Kane Hall, Cameron Vinsteasd, Thomas Jenner and Christian Springer pushed but just couldn’t catch NSW.
Victoria have battled hard since losing Lyndon Snodgrass on day two with a mechanical failure, but a hard fought third place was the outcome on day three.
Day 3 A4DE Senior Team Trophy Provisional Results
NSW – 3:31.26
QLD – 3:42.20
VIC – 4:56.01
WA – 7:06.11
SA – 8:06.52
A4DE Senior Trophy Combined Provisional Results
NSW – 11:32:26.577
QLD – 12:02:50.008
VIC – 14:13:06.600
WA – 21:31:31.325
SA – 22:01:34.160
Victoria were once again the team to beat in the Junior Trophy, with Stuart Holt, Jesse Lawton, Trent Tucci and Andrew Wilksch combining well.
Victoria’s closet rival on day three was NSW, who trailed Victoria by just five seconds at the conclusion of the days riding.
Western Australia continued their consistent form in the Junior Trophy with Brock Buckingham, Nathan Howe, Jamie Makin and Max Vlasich.
Day 3 A4DE Junior Team Trophy Provisional Results
VIC – 2:29.30
NSW – 2:34.40
WA – 2:55.48
QLD – 3:51.10
ACT – 4:15.10
A4DE Junior Trophy Combined Provisional Results
VIC – 08:14:32.954
NSW – 08:25:28.514
WA – 08:56:11.211
ACT – 09:59:39.913
QLD – 11:11:10.005
The NSW Ladies team continue to lead the way, taking out all three days of riding so far at the A4DE, Jessica Gardiner and Emelie Karlsson. NSW were over 60 minutes clear of their closest rivals ACT, with Courtney Rubie and Julie Denyer. Queensland rounded out the podium with Jemma Wilson and Tamara Gray working together to finish day three with a time of 3:04.42.
Day 3 A4DE Ladies Trophy Provisional Results
NSW – 1:22.46
ACT – 2:31.24
QLD – 3:04.42
VIC – 3:35.47
WA – 4:29.46
A4DE Ladies Trophy Combined Provisional Results
NSW – 04:23:46.548
QLD – 06:20:40.667
ACT – 06:22:59.936
VIC – 09:14:00.458
WA – 16:24:39.981
The action wraps up Saturday with the eagerly anticipated final moto at the Cessnock Racecourse. Riders will take on the 2.1km man built motocross track for five laps in each class.
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