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All The Winners From Round 7 of the 2023 Australian Off-Road Championship

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Kyron Bacon won the E1 Class and maintains his lead in standings despite challenging conditions, Photo: Troy Pears.

Riders were welcomed by sunshine but encountered cooler temperatures, cloud cover, and limited visibility at Round 7 of the 2023 Australian Off-Road Championship in Keyneton, South Australia.

The event showcased challenging tracks and dry terrain, prompting competitors to set aside their nerves and vie for victory.

The seniors category saw triumphant performances from Kyron Bacon in E1, Andy Wilksch in Tefol E2, Riley McGillivray in E3, Jess Gardiner in EW, and Luke Chellas in EJ. Notably, Leigh Bentley secured a victory in EM, Rowan Pumpa dominated in EV, and Stephen Matheson emerged victorious in EL among the remaining Senior classes.

In the highly competitive Junior division, Jackson Versteegen clinched the top spot in J4, while JG was claimed by Danielle McDonald, J3 saw Jackson Rossi as the victor, Mitch Ford secured the lead in J2, Chase Weston emerged triumphant in J1, and Ryder Lambing achieved victory in JJ.

The fastest time today was scored by Andy Wilksch, with a total time of 2:56:34.293.

E1
Despite his current lead in the E1 standings, Korey McMahon faced a challenging day as the conditions presented him with hurdles. This allowed Kyron Bacon to surge ahead and secure the top position in today’s Cross Country event. Returning from an injury, Bacon displayed his characteristic composure and confidence, even with just two weeks of riding since recovery, navigating through the treacherous mix of slippery dust and limited visibility.

Taking the second spot was Will Price, completing the race with a total time of 3:08:13.056. Cooper Sheidow rounded out the E1 podium for the day. Overcoming the challenges of the course, Sheidow managed to maintain control over both himself and his bike, crossing the finish line with a cumulative time of 3:13:18.262.

Photo of Australian Off Road rider Andy Wilksch
Andy Wilksch emerged victorious In E2 and also clinched the fastest time of the day. Photo: Troy Pears.

Tefol E2
Taking the lead right from the start, Andy Wilksch strategically leveraged his initial success by maintaining his position at the forefront throughout all six laps. This tactical move ensured him optimal visibility on the challenging course, culminating in a commanding victory and securing the fastest overall time for the day.

Josh Green, the reigning leader of the Tefol E2 Championship, found himself trailing behind Wilksch, crossing the finish line 2 minutes and 18.730 seconds later. Despite this setback, Green skillfully held off the advances of Jye Dickson, known for his Motocross prowess, and successfully safeguarded his second-place finish, accumulating crucial points in the 2023 Championship.

Jye Dickson, on the other hand, claimed the third and final spot on the podium. Completing the demanding six-lap course, each spanning 21 kilometers, Dickson showcased his endurance and skill, achieving a total time of 3 hours, 4 minutes, and 46.456 seconds.

E3
Stefan Granquist faces a formidable challenge this weekend, as Riley McGillivray accumulates valuable points in the closing stages of the 2023 Championship. In the latest Cross Country event, McGillivray claimed the coveted top spot, completing the challenging course in a total time of 3 hours, 48.458 seconds. However, Granquist trailed behind the KTM rider by a narrow margin of 3.248 seconds, securing a commendable second place.

Meanwhile, Sam Pretscherer secured third position, displaying solid performance and clocking in at an impressive total time of 3 hours, 8 minutes, and 32.986 seconds. With only a single point separating Pretscherer and Granquist after Rounds 3 & 4, their ongoing rivalry for the top spot in the Championship remains intense, promising an intriguing showdown in Round 8.

Photo of Australian Off Road rider Jess Gardiner
Jess Gardiner was back on top in the EW class: Photo: Troy Pears

EW
Jess Gardiner dominated the competition in the EW Class. Despite challenging dusty tracks and limited visibility, Gardiner’s sharp focus helped her navigate through the obstacles. After completing five laps, she finished with a time of 2:52:57.011.

With a comfortable lead of 2 minutes and 20.296 seconds, Gardiner secured the top spot on the podium. Following her was Emelie Karlsson, who controlled the rest of the EW field and claimed second place with a total time of 2:55:17.307.

Monique Simioni secured the third position, finishing the race with a time of 3:19:22.911.

EJ
Luke Chellas seized the spotlight in EJ, outpacing the competition, including current leaderboard leader Will Dennett, to secure the top spot on the podium.

Enduring a challenging course over six demanding laps, Chellas emerged victorious in the EJ category of the Cross Country event, clocking in with a total time of 3 hours, 5 minutes, and 12.035 seconds. Not far behind, Billy Hargy clinched the second position, finishing just 1 minute and 13.767 seconds after Chellas, tallying a total time of 3 hours, 6 minutes, and 25.802 seconds.

Keeping the pressure on Hargy Will Dennett remained in the mix. Despite intense competition, Dennett secured the third place finish, concluding the race with a total time of 3 hours, 6 minutes, and 57.604 seconds.

EM (Masters)
Leigh Bentley has carried over the glory from earlier rounds this season into Keyneton to claim another first place finish in EM! With a total time today of 2:19:10.251, Bentley finished ahead of the likes of Anthony Greene and Loui Stylianou, with a lead of 1:31.406 in front of Greene.

Greene claimed second while Stylianou took out third. Their respective total times today were 2:20:41.657 and 2:23:40.110.

EV (Veterans)
Rohan Pumpa by name and Pumpa by nature! The Kessner Motorcycles racer was in fine form regardless of the tough conditions, claiming an impressive first place win in EV. With a total time of 2:54:40.091, Pumpa led the charge in EV by 19:09.689.

Rounding out the EV podium today was Josh Murphy and Matthew Boyle, with respective total times of 3:13:49.780 and 3:34:55.286.

EL (Enduro Legends)

Currently leading the Championship in EL, Craig Treasure dropped down to third place in today’s Cross Country. The Husqvarna racer was knocked off his perch by Matheson, who clocked in an impressive time of 2:31:46.332 after four tough laps.

Behind Matheson finishing in second place was Michael Widdison. Trailing Matheson by 7:29.947, Widdison greeted the chequered flag with a total time of 2:39:16.279.

EWD (Enduro Women’s Development)
Today Shaylynne Kuhnke navigated challenging conditions in EWD. After four tough laps here in Keyneton, the Yamaha racer clocked off Round 7 with a total time of 3:44:23.990.

Photo of Australian Off Road rider Jackson Versteegen
Jackson Versteegen mastered the J4 class. Photo: Troy Pears

JUNIORS:

J4
Jackson Versteegen was utterly miles ahead of the pack today in Keyneton, finishing nine laps of a Cross Country with a whopping lead of 3:15.959. Behind Versteegen in second place today in J4 was Riley Crimmins with a total time of 2:04:51.590.

Crimmins comfortably protected his silver medal from the likes of Levi Stephens and Davey Gear.

After nine laps, Stephens beat Gear to the third and final podium position. They finished today’s racing with total respective times of 2:06:02.189 and 2:06:18.735. With Gear holding the top step overall for the J4 leaderboard, we’re anticipating the young rider to come in all guns blazing for Round 8 tomorrow.

Photo of Australian Off Road rider Danielle McDonald
Danielle McDonald was once again the top of the tree in Junior Girls. Photo: Troy Pears

JG
Danielle McDonald absolutely set a blistering pace in JG for today’s Cross Country! After nine laps, McDonald finished in first place with a total time of 2:05:54.527. Sitting comfortably in second place was Madi Simpson, ahead of Audrey Moller in third.

Photo of Australian Off Road rider Jackson Rossi
Jackson Rossi took out the J3 class. Photo: Troy Pears

J3
Jackson Rossi has come out of seemingly nowhere to change up the pace and leaderboard in J3! After nine laps and a total time of 2:07:40.917, Rossi finished 57.108 seconds ahead of Charlie Connolly who conceded for second place.

Right behind Connolly and claiming third in today’s Cross Country was Dylan McDonald. McDonald met the chequered flag with a total time of 2:08:49.652.

J2
Ford has continued to improve his lead for the J2 Championship title ahead of Harry Gilbertson (Brandt John Deere, Sears Electrical), as he claims another win this time in Keyneton. Finishing on top for J2 in today’s Cross Country, Ford created a sizeable distance of 1:05.084 in front Gilbertson. Rounding out today’s podium was Kai Austin (GASGAS), who finished today’s racing with a total time of 2:03:42.674.

Photo of Australian Off Road rider Chase Weston
Chase Weston styled his way to the J1 win. Photo: Troy Pears

J1
Chase Weston has succeeded in pushing ahead of Darcy Huston for the top step on the J1 leaderboard, by claiming the Cross Country win today. Creating a 1:40.239 lead ahead of Levi Rossi, Weston finished first with a total time of 1:30:01.414. Rossi conceded for second, with a total time of 1:31:41.653.

Rounding out the J1 podium today was Huston, who finished a whopping 17 laps with a total time of 1:34:06.304.

JJ
Ryder Lambing has beaten the current leaderboard holder for JJ, Ryder Burchell to the win in today’s Cross Country. With a total time of 1:32:06.002, Lambing created a 1:33.215 lead for that extra sizzle. Burchell finished 15 laps with a total time of 1:33:39.217 ahead of Tao Letton, who clinched the third and final podium position.

Riders will return bright-eyed and bushy-tailed tomorrow morning, for Round 8 which will feature Sprints for all classes.

Photo of Australian Off Road rider Ryder Lambing
Ryder Lambing took the win in the JJ class. Photo: Troy Pears

SENIORS

2023 AORC Round 7 E1 Top 4 Provisional Results:
1 Kyron Bacon (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 2:58:08.263
2 Will Price (Empire Kawasaki Off Road Team) 3:08:13.056
3 Cooper Sheidow (Yamaha) 3:13:18.262
4 Miller Mendham (Yamaha) 3:04:54.623 (+1 lap)

2023 AORC Round 7 E2 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Andy Wilksch (KTM Australia, Alpinestars) 2:56:34.293
2 Joshua Green (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 2:58:53.023
3 Jye Dickson (GASGAS) 3:04:46.456
4 Fraser Higlett (Beta) 3:04:53.981
5 Jeremy Carpentier (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 3:07:01.035

2023 AORC Round 7 E3 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Riley McGillivray (Shepparton Motorcycles, KTM) 3:00:48.458
2 Stefan Granquist (Husqvarna) 3:03:48.706
3 Sam Pretscherer (Simford Motorsport Group) 3:08:32.986
4 Patrick McGillivray (KTM) 3:20:47.535
5 Jayden Rudd (Kessner Motorcycles, Husqvarna) 2:56:18.827 (+1 lap)

2023 AORC Round 7 EW Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 2:52:57.011
2 Emelie Karlsson (Husqvarna) 2:55:17.307
3 Monique Simioni (Husqvarna) 3:19:22.911
4 Ariana Collins (Husqvarna) 3:23:08.507
5 Emma Haylock (Butlers Mechanical, BMS Racing) 3:21:28.559 (+1 lap)

2023 AORC Round 7 EJ Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Luke Chellas 3:05:12.035
2 Billy Hargy (Husqvarna Offroad Racing Team) 3:06:25.802
3 Will Dennett (Yamaha Australia) 3:06:57.604
4 Max Midwinter (Ridetune Suspension, Blue City Motorcycles) 3:18:35.652
5 Jett Yarnold (Yamaha Australia, Yamalube) 3:19:35.351

2023 AORC Round 7 EM Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Leigh Bentley (Yamaha) 2:19:10.251
2 Anthony Greene (Ride Tune Suspension, KTM) 2:20:41.657
3 Loui Stylianou (GASGAS) 2:23:40.110
4 Jason Pearce (Newcastle KTM, WEARELUSTY) 2:29:27.103
5 Owen Richards (Husqvarna) 2:45:32.395

2023 AORC Round 7 EV Top 5 Provisional Result:
1 Rowan Pumpa (Kessner Motorcycles, Motorex) 2:54:40.091
2 Josh Murphy (KTM) 3:13:49.780
3 Matthew Boyle (Husqvarna) 3:34:55.286
4 Matt Curyer (Husqvarna) 2:52:34.543 (+1 lap)
5 Alex McGorman (Thornby, KTM) 3:10:56.094 (+1 lap)

2023 AORC Round 7 EL Top 4 Provisional Result:
1 Stephen Matheson (Bite Me Bakehouse, SMW Hornsby) 2:31:46.332
2 Michael Widdison (Heavy mechanical services, KTM) 2:39:16.279
3 Craig Treasure (Husqvarna) 2:40:34.435
4 Jason Pearce (Wearelusty, Newcastle KTM) 2:44:50.826

2023 AORC Round 7 EWD Provisional Result:
1 Shaylynne Kuhnke (Yamaha) 3:44:23.990

JUNIORS

2023 AORC Round 7 J4 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Jackson Versteegen (Savage Motorcycles, Michelin) 2:01:35.631
2 Riley Crimmins (KTM) 2:04:51.590
3 Levi Stephens (True Painting, KTM Newcastle) 2:06:02.189
4 Davey Gear (Sinclair Electrical Naracoorte, Limestone Coast Motorcycles Naracoorte) 2:06:18.735
5 Jesse Ryan (Wearelusty, Motorex) 2:06:27.756

2023 AORC Round 7 JG Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Danielle McDonald (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 2:05:54.527
2 Madi Simpson (Honda Ride Red, Fly Racing) 2:01:50.501 (+1 lap)
3 Audrey Moller (Alltac) 2:10:00.676 (+1 lap)
4 Jade Chellas (KTM) 2:15:34.726 (+1 lap)
5 Sinead Maher (Simford Group Motorsport) 2:15:48.088 (+1 lap)

2023 AORC Round 7 J3 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Jackson Rossi (Paint Tech SA, Kessner Motorcycles) 2:07:40.917
2 Charlie Connolly (KTM) 2:08:45.291
3 Dylan McDonald (McDonald Racing) 2:08:49.652
4 Oscar Harris (Simford Group Motorsport) 2:08:49.652
5 Marcus Nowland (Yamaha Australia Junior Racing) 2:10:54.212

2023 AORC Round 7 J2 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Mitch Ford (Thrila Furnikation Rynopower Rivalnink) 2:01:00.194
2 Harry Gilbertson (Brandt John Deere, Sears Electrical) 2:02:05.278
3 Kai Austin (GASGAS) 2:03:42.674
4 Harry Hubbard 2:04:15.633
5 Archie Salopayevs (Boltons) 2:05:25.511

2023 AORC Round 7 J1 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Chase Weston (Tdub, ProCoat Aus) 1:30:01.414
2 Levi Rossi (Paint Tech SA, Nicolai Farms) 51:31:41.653
3 Darcy Huston (Citycoast Motorcycles, Holeshot graphics) 1:34:06.304
4 Phoenix O’Brien (Inix Group, Montdami Bongiorno) 1:35:34.489
5 Rusty Killick (MXstore, Fasthouse) 1:33:25.869

2023 AORC Round 7 JJ Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Ryder Lambing (GasMoto, Monza Imports) 1:32:06.002
2 Ryder Burchell (McDonald’s Racing Team) 1:33:39.217
3 Tao Letton (Cummins Bearings & Engineering) 1:34:04.832
4 Austin Schulz (Nutrien Keith, Keith IGA) 1:34:33.833
5 Reid Haydon (GASGAS, CMC Craig Marshall Concepts) 1:35:09.489

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