Unforgettable memories have been made and new champions crowned in Dungog, NSW, at the finale of the 2023 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC).
By enduring high temperatures and dusty, dry tracks, Cooper Sheidow has been crowned the 2023 AORC Champion in E1, Riley McGillivray in E3, Craig Treasure in EL, Riley Crimmins in J4, Bradley Rayner in J3, Mitch Ford in J2, Chase Weston in J1 and Ryder Burchell in JJ.
At the end of Round 12 for another timecard Enduro, the Senior class winners included Kyron Bacon in E1, Jonte Reynders in E2, McGillivray in E3, Jess Gardiner in EW, Damian Smith in EM, Darren Lloyd in EV, Stephen Matheson in EL and Blake Scott in 2T.
For our Juniors, today’s Round 12 winners included Will Dennett in EJ, Crimmins in J4, Jade Chellas in JG, Rayner in J3, Ford in J2, Weston in J1 and Ryder Lambing in JJ.
The fastest overall time was won once again by Sherco mounted Jonte Reynders, who smashed it out of the park with a total time of 37:51.533.
Finishing in third place at the final round with a total time of 39:23.565, Cooper Sheidow has now been officially crowned the 2023 AORC E3 Champion! Over six tests during today’s timecard Enduro, Sheidow remained steady and consistent, which successfully secured him the season title.
“Conditions were tough and an Enduro both days made it even harder,” explained Sheidow.
“Being my first title, it’s a pretty great feeling! It was a team effort and the hard work paid off!”
Coming in first place today was Kyron Bacon. Cracking the whip in E1 all day, Bacon smoked the E1 competition by just under one minute to claim the top step. His efforts this weekend unfortunately meant he does not walk away with back-to-back Championship titles.
Rounding out the E1 podium was Korey McMahon in second place. McMahon clocked off with a total time of 39:22.868, less than one second ahead of Sheidow.
With the Champion decided yesterday, you’d think the heat would die down in Tefol E2. Not the case. Jonte Reynders was on fire as he pushed his Sherco to the limit, clocking in the fastest overall time for the day and the Round 12 win. Reynders has consistently clocked in top times all season, so we’re sure he’ll back it up in 2024.
Finishing in second place today was Fraser Higlett. With a total time of 39:17.913, Higlett just beat Andy Wilksch and Jeremy Carpentier to the silver, with mere seconds separating these three riders. Wilksch stole away the third and final podium position from Carpentier.
It came down to the literal sixth and final test to decide who would come away with the coveted 2023 AORC E3 Championship title. In the end it was Riley McGillivray taking home the title, it was a mammoth effort! McGillivray clocked off after a long day on the bike with a total time of 39:17.217, ensuring he won both the Championship and Rthe final round.
“I was trying everything I could to keep on two wheels and it paid off,” reflected McGillivray.
“It’s an unreal feeling and more than anything, it’s a relief. I’d like to give a massive thanks to my family who are my biggest supporters and drive me around Australia to compete. Massive thanks too to KTM Offroad team, Jonesy at the Tunetech team, Monza crew, A1 accessories, Motorex and Maxxis tyres. This is a massive team effort.”
Though he fought like hell to win the title, Stefan Granquist fell mere seconds short of the glory. Finishing in second place, the Granquist clocked off with a total time of 39:29.543. Granquist has had a super successful season, especially considering he return from an injury back in 2022.
Last but certainly not least was Sam Pretscherer in third. Pretscherer has been a steady presence all season, applying unrelenting pressure to both McGillivray and Granquist, in his campaign for the top step. We are keen to see what Pretscherer does next season.
The tough and technical tracks suited our eight-time EW Champion very nicely again today. Jess Gardiner seemed at home in the dusty, dry and hot conditions as she came away with another class win. Clocking off with a total time of 44:58.361, Gardiner finished in first after six tests.
Ebony Nielsen rode into second, just behind Gardiner. The technical tracks clearly are her favourite, as she remained a strong contender for the top step all day long.
Emelie Karlsson took out the third and final podium spot, thanks to a total time of 46:34.082. She fought right up to the end to beat Nielsen but conceded for third, trailing by nearly 30 seconds.
After eight tests in Enduro, Will Dennett managed to hold off Billy Hargy to clinch another EJ class win. The 2023 AORC EJ Champion clocked off with a total time of 45:49.628, leading the charge ahead of Hargy by just over five seconds.
Hargy rode into second place, with a total time of 45:54.942. Rounding out the podium was Jett Yarnold, who clocked off with a total time of 47:22.545.
Damian Smith once again claimed an undisputed first place finish in EM. With a red-hot total time of 42:27.142, Smith finished nearly two-minutes ahead of his competition, even after six tests under the hot Dungog sun. Behind Smith in second place today was the 2023 EM Champion, Leigh Bentley.
Finally, Sam Miller earnt himself bronze, thanks to a total time of 48:40.780.
It was a battle of consistency and perseverance in EV, as Darren Lloyd and Rowan Pumpa battled it out for gold. After six tests in today’s timecard Enduro though, Lloyd just couldn’t be beat. Rowan Pumpa, our 2023 EV Champion, settled for silver with a total time of 43:29.900.
The third and final podium spot was clinched by Brett McDonnell, with a total time of 44:44.451.
EL (Enduro Legends)
It was a repeat of Round 11 in EL, as Stephen Matheson claimed the top step ahead of Craig Treasure in second and Jason Pearce in third. After six gruelling laps where you had to fight body and mind, Matheson clocked the top EL time of 47:57.932.
Treasure and Pearce finished Round 12 with respective total times of 49:28.779 and 51:04.585.
Blake Scott once again took out the top step in 2T ahead of Tim Newman. After six tests in today’s Enduro, their respective total times were 52:17.902 and 54:15.605.
The heat was palpable in J4 as Riley Crimmins fought tooth and nail to ensure he claimed the 2023 AORC J4 Championship title. After six tests, Crimmins earnt himself gold for Round 12 thanks to a total time of 36:17.675.
Right behind Crimmins and settling for second place today was Jackson Versteegen. There was nearly 27 seconds between first and second place, as Versteegen clocked off with a total time of 36:44.975.
Bronze for Round 12 was secured by Tomas Porto, thanks to a total time of 36:56.659. Porto was breathing hard down Versteegen and Crimmins’ necks all day but after six tests, conceded for third.
Today looked a little different in JG, as we welcomed Jade Chellas onto the top step to cap off a strong 2023 season. With a total time of 47:01.853, Chellas kept well ahead of the JG competition over a tough six tests.
Rounding out the remaining podium positions were Sinead Maher and Amity Cork. After six tests their respective total times were 49:29.023 and 50:36.740.
It came down to the wire in J3 for the Championship title, as Bradley Rayner and Dylan McDonald tangoed for the top step. After six tough tests here in Dungog, Rayner pushed hell for leather to claim brilliant victory.
McDonald conceded for second place today, with a total time of 37:27.442. Ollie Gear flew up the leaderboard to claim third place, thanks to a total time of 37:39.548.
In the end, the competition was fierce in J3, particularly in the top five with only about two minutes separating first and fifth.
It was the crowned 2023 AORC J2 Champion Mitch Ford who took out both first place in Round 12 and the 2023 season title. With a total time of 40:13.067, Ford protected the top step from Harley Hutton, who settled for second place with a total time of 40:45.211.
Harry Gilbertson claimed bronze, jumping up from his struggles yesterday.
Chase Weston chased out the top step for the Round 12 podium and after eight tests in today’s timecard Enduro, he came out on top! With a total time of 42:54.850, Weston beat Phoenix O’Brien for the gold, leaving O’Brien to concede for silver.
Today’s excellent racing also earnt Weston the 2023 AORC J1 Championship title.
Rounding out the Round 12 podium in J1 today was Levi Rossi (Paint Tech SA, Kessner Motorcycles). After eight tests, Rossi clocked off with a total time of 45:01.691.
Ryder Burchell finished another hard slog of timecard Enduro racing to win himself the 2023 AORC JJ Championship title. After eight tests for Round 12, Burchell clocked off with a total time of 49:25.783, putting him in third place for today’s podium.
The Round 12 podium was clinched by Burchell’s familiar rival, Ryder Lambing. Lambing blitzed a trail all day, finishing with a total time of 48:45.343. Behind Lambing in second place was Maxi Harris (Morgans Financial Port Macquarie, KTM). With a total time of 49:16.789, Harris managed to protect his silver place finish for Round 12 ahead of the 2023 Champion by less than 10 seconds.
2023 AORC Round 12
2023 AORC Round 12 E1 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Kyron Bacon (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 38:10.826
2 Korey McMahon (GASGAS Australia, Motorex) 39:22.868
3 Cooper Sheidow (Yamaha) 39:23.565
4 Brock Nichols (Husqvarna) 39:39.039
5 Troy Weinert (KTM) 44:32.117
2023 AORC Round 12 E2 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Jonte Reynders (Motul Pirelli Sherco) 37:51.533
2 Fraser Higlett (Beta Motorcycles Australia) 39:17.913
3 Andy Wilksch (KTM Australia, Alpinestars) 39:20.380
4 Jeremy Carpentier (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 39:21.308
5 Joshua Green (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 39:25.997
2023 AORC Round 12 E3 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Riley McGillivray (Shepparton Motorcycles, KTM) 39:17.217
2 Stefan Granquist (Husqvarna) 39:29.543
3 Sam Pretscherer (Simford Motorsport Group) 40:07.034
4 Broc Grabham (KTM) 40:21.375
5 Wesley Keeley (KTM) 40:33.198
2023 AORC Round 12 EW Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 44:58.361
2 Ebony Nielsen (Beta) 46:04.448
3 Emelie Karlsson (Husqvarna) 46:34.082
4 Courtney Rubie (KTM) 49:11.322
5 Ariana Collins (Husqvarna) 1:32:15.840
2023 AORC Round 12 EJ Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Will Dennett (Yamaha Australia) 45:49.628
2 Billy Hargy (Husqvarna Offroad Racing Team) 45:54.942
3 Jett Yarnold (Yamaha Australia, Yamalube) 47:22.545
4 Max Midwinter (Ride tune, Blue City Motorcycles) 48:29.585
5 Luke Chellas (Northbound Driver Training, KTM) 48:33.756
2023 AORC Round 12 EM Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Damian Smith (Husqvarna) 42:27.142
2 Leigh Bentley (Yamaha) 44:25.375
3 Sam Miller (Hartley Service Centre, KTM) 48:40.780
4 Loui Stylianou (GASGAS) 50:07.261
5 Stephen Hicks (Husqvarna) 50:30.174
2023 AORC Round 12 EV Top 5 Provisional Result:
1 Darren Lloyd (Husqvarna) 42:21.572
2 Rowan Pumpa (Kessner Motorcycles, Motorex) 43:29.900
3 Brett McDonnell (KTM) 44:44.451
4 Josh Murphy (Driftcon, KTM) 49:06.619
5 Ben McDonnell 49:40.246
2023 AORC Round 12 EL Top 4 Provisional Result:
1 Stephen Matheson (Bite Me Bakehouse, SMW Hornsby) 47:57.932
2 Craig Treasure (Husqvarna) 49:28.779
3 Jason Pearce (KTM) 51:04.585
4 Michael Thompson (Beta) 53:55.170
2023 AORC Round 12 2T Top 2 Provisional Result:
1 Blake Scott (KTM) 52:17.902
2 Tim Newman (Clearview Innovations, GASGAS) 54:15.605
2023 AORC Round 12 J4 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Riley Crimmins (KTM) 36:17.675
2 Jackson Versteegen (Savage Motorcycles, Michelin) 36:44.975
3 Tomas Porto (Empire Kawasaki, Onpoint Suspension) 36:56.659
4 Ryan Jordan (NW Motorcycles D Signs) 37:48.492
5 Oliver Paterno (Port Macquarie Motorcycles) 38:05.947
2023 AORC Round 12 JG Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Jade Chellas (KTM) 47:01.853
2 Sinead Maher (Simford Group Motorsport) 49:29.023
3 Amity Cork (Corkys Electrical, Beta) 50:36.740
4 Olivia Johnson (Husqvarna) 56:08.910
5 Jessie Harris 1:13:09.918
2023 AORC Round 12 J3 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Bradley Rayner (KTM Newcastle, Dungog MCC) 36:28.500
2 Dylan McDonald (McDonald Racing) 37:27.442
3 Ollie Gear (Limestone Coast Motorcycles, Yamaha Australia) 37:39.548
4 Cooper Boyd (Port Macquarie Motorcycles, Mid Coast Bearings Taree) 38:05.536
5 Drew Kremer (GASGAS Newcastle, Promine Racing) 38:11.779
2023 AORC Round 12 J2 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Mitch Ford (Rynopower Rival Ink DnR Motorcycles) 40:13.067
2 Harley Hutton (GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing) 40:45.211
3 Harry Gilbertson (Brandt John Deere, Sears Electrical) 41:02.385
4 Kai Austin (Wauchope Concrete, RSM Motorcycles) 41:18.449
5 Harry Hubbard (Tdub, QB4) 41:31.462
2023 AORC Round 12 J1 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Chase Weston (Tdub, ProCoat Aus) 42:54.850
2 Phoenix O’Brien (Inix Group, Montdami Bongiorno) 44:30.897
3 Levi Rossi (Paint Tech SA, Kessner Motorcycles) 45:01.691
4 Cooper Parkes (Coffs KTM, Wauchope Concreting) 45:31.356
5 Rusty Killick (MXstore, Glen Echo Dirt Bike Park) 46:21.054
2023 AORC Round 12 JJ Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Ryder Lambing (GasMoto, Monza Imports) 48:45.343
2 Maxi Harris (Morgans Financial Port Macquarie, KTM) 49:16.789
3 Ryder Burchell (McDonald’s Racing Team) 49:25.783
4 Thomas Hathway (Get Switched On) 52:59.262
5 Zain Lennon (GASGAS) 54:30.317