News 18 Aug 2014

McCormack clinches first national title for Active8 Yamaha

A4DE E1 class victory McCormack's on board Yamaha YZ250F.

Image: Fourohfour.

Image: Fourohfour.

The Active8 Yamaha team claimed its first national off road championship after Tom McCormack took the win in the E1 division at the 2014 Australian Four-Day Enduro (A4DE) on Saturday at Dungog.

McCormack on his Yamaha YZ250F, won the his division by nearly two minutes over Peter Boyle and US import Mike Brown. After a sluggish start on day one, McCormack found his groove on day two and charged to the lead and never let it go.

With next to no problems throughout the event, McCormack had a clear run until the finish with the YZ250F on song all week. Victory in the class also gave him seventh in the Outright standings.

“It wasn’t a great start for me but I guess I was still placed well and when my riding came around, I was able to get to the front and get the win,” McCormack explained. “Last year I went pretty close to getting the win, so it’s nice to see the improvement in my riding and also give the team its first national championship.”

Stefan Granquist also made the podium in the E3 class, taking his oversized WR475F to third place after a long battle with Glenn Kearney and Daniel Sanders.

In terms of an Outright result, Beau Ralston led the team with an impressive fifth place finish; the same in the premier E2 class.

Despite sustaining an ankle injury early on in the event, Josh Green put forward a gritty performance that netted him ninth place in Outright and seventh in the E2 division.

The Active8 Yamaha team also supported American-based Aussie Josh Strang, who was a credible fourth Outright and in E2.