Off Road

Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Well Placed After AORC Opener

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Active8 Yamaha Yamalube‰Ûªs Josh Green and Beau Ralston have laid done solid foundations for their Australian Off Road Championship (AORC) aspirations after the opening round of the championship was contested at Kilkivan in Queensland over the weekend.

New signing and Australia‰Ûªs fastest female racer, Tayla Jones, also made her debut for the team and put in a very respectable effort in what now is an ultra-competitive E1 men‰Ûªs class.

In hot and humid conditions, the Active8 Yamaha Yamalube teamsters set about getting their championship off on the right foot. Over-night rain on Saturday night improved conditions but the heat was relentless and made competitors work for their results.

Josh Green, the 2015 E1 (250cc) champion, has stepped up to the E2 division and mounted on the all new WR450F. Green signaled his intentions over the weekend and showed plenty of raw speed taking seven special test wins out of the 14 contested.

Unfortunately, a mistake on each day cost Green any chance of winning either day but lessons were learnt and Green is right in contention as the championship moves to rounds three and four next month.

Green leaves Kilkivan sitting in second place outright and leading the E2 (450cc) class.

‰ÛÏI felt pretty good on the bike all weekend but just pushed a bit hard in a couple of tests each day and that cost me,‰Û
Beau Ralston is well placed after the weekend
Beau Ralston is also right in the heat of the battle as he posted a very consistent weekend on his WR480F in the E3 category. Ralston logged a fourth outright on day one and then a sixth outright on day 2, to sit in fifth outright. He also is currently running third in the E3 division after the weekend.

Ralston can take confidence from the weekend and feels there is plenty of room for improvement in his riding.

‰ÛÏI was pretty consistent over the weekend, although I certainly felt better on the bike on Saturday and it showed in the results. Sunday wasn‰Ûªt bad but my riding was just a bit off and with the tests being a little faster due to the rain, I wasn‰Ûªt quite able to generate the speed I needed.

‰ÛÏOtherwise, the weekend was smooth sailing and the bike is working well. I have a couple of weeks before the next round so with the opening round out of the way, now I can relax and ride properly,‰Û
Tayla Jones made a strong debut for the Active8 Yamaha team
Tayla Jones leapt into the deep end as she choose to leave the women‰Ûªs division after dominating the class in 2015 and jump in with the boys in E1 (250cc). 2016 now sees the E1 class considerably deeper than previous seasons, yet Jones stuck to the task and finished 17th in class and 53rd outright on Saturday while on Sunday, she jumped 10 positions to land in 43rd outright and move to 15th in E1.

‰ÛÏElecting to race the guys is so can I challenge myself to be a better rider and race with more intensity than I would if I was racing the other girls,‰Û

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