News 22 Sep 2021

AORC balance up in the air following Omeo cancellation

Final decision on remaining rounds of 2021 to be made next month.

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The balance of the 2021 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) is up in the air after the decision was made to cancel the Omeo rounds.

With only one event held to date, the Victorian venue was scheduled to hold rounds 11 and 12, but complications from the covid-19 pandemic have halted plans.

“Under the current regulations, with border closures and continued lockdowns in several states, it is not possible on the scheduled dates of October 16-17 in Omeo, VIC, to proceed,” a statement from Motorcycling Australia (MA) read.

“The AORC management team have worked closely with Victorian Off-Road Championship (VORC) and the VORC event in conjunction with AORC will be cancelled.”

The latest cancellation marks an uncertain point as there are no set rounds formalised to enable racing to resume this season. A decision on the outcome of the championship in the coming weeks, no later than 15 October.

“Following today‚Äôs announcement, all remaining AORC events are currently postponed with new dates yet to be announced,” continued MA. “A final decision on the status of running the remainder of the championship rounds will be announced no later than 15th October 2021.”

“AORC will continue to monitor the difficult environment around covid-19 state border restrictions, relying on clarity from state governments on plans to reopen borders.”