The 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) Junior competitors were the first to compete on the 16 kilometer circuit in Cross Country format this morning.
Racing lived up to all expectations with exciting battles up front with Joshua Brierley and Corey Hammond being the highlight. Winners for the Junior classes included Brierley, Jayden Rudd and Wil Riordan. With all Junior championship classes still (mathematically) in the running heading into Rounds 11 & 12, this weekend is absolutely vital for competitors to seal their respective titles.
Two Junior Championship titles were claimed today. Joshua Brierley managed to pull enough of a gap to his brother in J4, clenching honors. Jayden Rudd also managed to win his championship by scoring enough points to put the title out of reach for Ned Chapman.
Husqvarna rider, Joshua Brierley was on top of his game today crossing the finish line first. After managing the sensational win, Brierley was declared J4 class champion. The focus of the race was an epic battle between Brierley and KTM mounted rider Hammond that raged until the final lap where, Brierley managed a last gasp overtake, to win in style. Only one second separated the duo as they crossed the line. Brierley taking 2:04:37.328 and Hammond a 2:04:38.678, to complete the Cross Country circulation. Completing the podium positions was Joshua‰Ûªs brother, Mitchell Brierley. (Mitchell) Brierley took only 2:05:58.085 to finish the Omeo course, a further 80 seconds behind the two J2 class leaders.
Brierley shared; ‰ÛÏIt was a great battle with Corey (Hammond) all race long. I managed to overtake him on the last lap after trailing him for much of the race. I‰Ûªm very happy to have won the 2017 J4 Championship after this excellent battle!‰Û