News 22 Nov 2016

Simpson completes rookie off-road year ninth outright at A4DE

Victorian rider earns podium placing in E1 category.

Image: John Pearson.

Image: John Pearson.

KTM’s Jack Simpson capped off his rookie season in off-road racing with an impressive top 10 finish at last week’s Yamaha Australian Four-Day Enduro in Victoria.

Simpson, who has been a revelation in off-road racing this year after making the switch from motocross and supercross, claimed third in the E1 category after a phenomenal final day where he also placed third in the outright times.

“It was a good experience once again,” Simpson shared. “Definitely doing the six-day helped, but the A4DE is run a little bit different again to that. I was happy with my result, I maybe thought I could have done a little bit better but it is what it is, and the boys were riding solid so third in the class and ninth outright wasn’t bad.

“The bike ran killer all week, not one nut or bolt came loose on it. Today we [had] a sprint before the final moto, and my highlight of the event was winning the sprint outright by four seconds over Hollis – I smoked it in the slippery grass. The last moto was that dusty I couldn’t see and I ended up third there.”

The likeable Victorian’s top three result in the E1 class added to his collection of podium finishes this year, which earned him a spot on Australia’s International Six-Day Enduro (ISDE) team in Spain last month.

Simpson was also crowned the E1 champion in the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship, where he defeated a selection of the country’s most experienced and highly-regarded off-road racers.