News 3 Sep 2018

KTM's Milner dominates Broken Hill AORC Cross Country

KTM Australia press release:

KTM Enduro Racing Team’s Daniel Milner managed to extend his advantage in the 2018 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) following a magnificent victory in round seven at Broken Hill, New South Wales.

Milner topped Saturday’s Prologue with a time of 3m05.796s, narrowly edging teammate Lyndon Snodgrass at the top of the time-sheets and setting the scene for a strong day of competition to follow. Start position would prove key in immensely dusty conditions.

Milner was virtually untouched aboard his KTM 500 EXC-F in Sunday’s gruelling Cross Country, making the most of his starting position and navigating the four-hour race to the E3 and outright win. Lodging a total time of 3h49m56s, in the end his class advantage was a comfortable 12m14.370s.

It was also a strong round for Snodgrass in the desert, claiming second in the E2 category and fourth outright, despite a five-minute penalty that dropped him back one position overall aboard the KTM 450 EXC-F. His total time was 3h57m04s, completing what was a standout performance by the KTM Enduro Racing Team crew.

The AORC series will now travel to Kingston SE in South Australia for rounds eight and nine to be contested between 22-23 September.

Glenn Kearney – Motorsport Manager, KTM Australia: “It was a really good weekend for us in extremely dusty conditions. Milner came out swinging in the Prologue and topped that despite a crash, so that allowed for him to start out front and he went on to another win in E3 and also on outright times. Lyndon really finished strongly, especially toward the end of the race, for second in E2 even though he received a penalty. It was about a 27-kilometre course and they did eight laps, so it was a change in format for us and it was a pretty tough race in those conditions.”

Daniel Milner – KTM 500 EXC-F: “Everything went to plan. I was lucky enough to win the Prologue, which gave me clean air for the first lap and that was solid. I tried to keep as consistent as I could all day and it paid off in the end. It was extremely dusty, which made things hard, but luckily enough part of the track was in the sandy creek bed and that helped. It made for a fun day, even though the format was so hard – I honestly think it was tougher than Hattah!”

Lyndon Snodgrass – KTM 450 EXC-F: “It was a tough day, that’s for sure. The track was pretty brutal, being so dry and dusty, but it was good. The competition was good and I was happy to get through to finish second in class. I didn’t really start feeling comfortable until the final two laps, but I managed to get a clearer track and that helped towards the end. I misunderstood some directions at riders briefing regarding the pit-stops, so ended up getting a five-minute penalty, but it didn’t change my position in class luckily.”