News 9 Apr 2010

Off-Road: Merriman leads opening day of Four-Day Enduro

Ballard’s Wellard Yamaha racer Stefan Merriman has blasted out of the gates of the 2010 Yamaha Australian 4-Day Enduro (A4DE) to take the provisional Outright and E2 Class lead.

Merriman, 36, from Nelson Bay in NSW is ahead of the field of nearly 260 riders by 13 seconds going into Day 2.

“It’s been a great start to the A4DE,” Merriman said. “I had [Toby Price] pushing me all the way today and keeping me honest. I really enjoyed the tests, they are world class. Conditions are ideal after rain pre-event. Hopefully I can keep it rolling and win this four-day.”

Trailing Merriman in E2 and Overall is Motorex KTM’s Toby Price. Price’s Teammate, Jarrod Bewley, well is within striking distance in third Overall and heads the E1 Class.

The E3 Class is lead by another Motorex KTM rider, Ben Grabham, from Bathurst, who is sitting fourth Overall.

Rounding out the top-10 Outright are New Zealander and Yamaha rider, Rory Mead, Victorian rising star Daniel Milner, Queenslander and YZ450F rider Kirk Hutton, Jason Davis, Peter Boyle and Adrian Smith.

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