Class leaders score double victories in challenging conditions.
It was a successful weekend at Kingston SE for Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) class leaders Kyron Bacon, Josh Green and Andy Wilksch (Simford Racing Husqvarna), the trio winning on both days in their respective classes.
Round nine on Saturday saw Wilksch post the quickest time outright en route to a commanding E3 victory, besting Jonte Reynders (Motul Pirelli Sherco Team) and Jye Dickson (KTM) who stepped up to E3 in place of injured Stefan Granquist. The leading trio remained unchanged in their finishing positions Sunday, despite the challenging weather conditions.
Nursing injuries sustained in the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) earlier this month, Green (ShopYamaha Off-Road Racing Team) took a double E2 victory across rounds nine and 10, finishing ahead of Fraser Higlett (Beta) and Riley Graham who were P2 and P3 respectively in the category on both days. Notably, Todd Waters was absent from the weekend and is ruled out the remaining rounds of AORC following injuries sustained in the ISDE.
ShopYamaha Off-Road Racing Team’s E1 sensation Bacon continued his impressive form, besting Cooper Sheidow (KTM) and Korey McMahon (GasGas) on day one at Kingston SE. Bacon was the fastest outright on Sunday, with McMahon improving to second as Sheidow completed the category’s rostrum for round 10.
In EW, Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off-Road Team) was victorious on both days, ahead of Emelie Karlsson (KTM) and Taylor Thompson. Riley McGillivray (KTM) was the fastest EJ rider for rounds nine and 10 as William Dennett and Billy Hargy completed the rostrum on both occasions.
The 2022 AORC moves to Wynyard, Tasmania for its final two rounds which will be contested on 8-9 October.