News 26 Jul 2017

Milner on the verge of perfect AORC season

E2 championship leader maintains perfect score at Kyogle.

Image: John Pearson.

KTM Enduro Racing Team’s Daniel Milner is on the cusp of recording a perfect season in the E2 category of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) as just two rounds remain in the series.

In addition to capturing victory at each and every stop of the season in the E2 division, Milner has also swept the Outright times, which are unofficially scored, with his most recent wins coming at last weekend’s ninth and 10th rounds in Kyogle, New South Wales.

“It was a good weekend for us, the bike was unreal in these conditions,” Milner commented. “Yesterday we didn’t get times so I never knew how I was going, so I just had to push all day. Yesterday was also a fairly long day and there was some fatigue, so today I backed it down a little bit to not take as many risks. It worked out well.

“I enjoyed the enduro format too. We haven’t done one all year and it was good just trail riding with the boys again. I haven’t got to do that for a long time. I had Greeny and Stanford on my minute today and it was really fun to ride with those guys – we always give each other a bit of crap so it makes it good fun.

The Victorian holds a 28-point advantage over current runner-up Active8 Yamalube Yamaha’s Josh Green, which will serve as a comfortable buffer at the title decider in Omeo, Victoria, next month.

“I think I’m more than 40 points up now so I’ve just got to finish well in the next round and I’ll have a championship,” he continued. “But it’s never over ‘til the fat lady sings so I’ll go home and keep doing my work and see what happens.”