AORC

AORC Season Reaches Make or Break Point

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The 2015 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) reaches a critical juncture in the context of the series when it heads to Kyogle, New South Wales this weekend.

The race to the top of the overall season podium remains up for grabs in all but one class, with a number of riders having the opportunity to seal their respective class victories in Rounds 9 and 10.

On the back of securing a permanent KTM Red Bull Rally Factory Racing Team ride for the next two seasons, Motorex KTM Off-Road Racing‰Ûªs Toby Price will be especially determined to make sure his farewell to the Australian Off-Road Championship scene is a successful one.

The four-time champion is the runaway leader in both the overall and E3 class standings, and two victories in Rounds 9 and 10 this weekend in Kyogle will all but engrave his name on yet another AORC champion‰Ûªs trophy.

However, he won‰Ûªt have it all his own way, with the man primed to take over Price‰Ûªs mantle in the Motorex KTM Off-Road Racing stable Daniel Sanders snapping at his heals in the E3 class.

Price leads the class on 197 points, with Sanders on 177 and veteran Husqvarna Off-Road Team‰Ûªs Glenn Kearney on 160.

The E2 class is also proving to be hotly contested, with Active8 Yamaha‰Ûªs Beau Ralston (170 points) holding out Husqvarna Off-Road Team‰Ûªs Lachlan Stanford (156). Motorex KTM Off Road Racing‰Ûªs Tye Simmonds (151) and CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Chris Hollis (139) are also expected to make a frantic dash to the line and put pressure on the top two in the remaining rounds.

The E1 class is being dominated by Active8 Yamaha‰Ûªs Josh Green (also second in the overall standings), who has gone through the season undefeated in the class to record 200 points.

Tom Kite (Honda Privateer) and Riley Graham (KTM Privateer) round out the podium in the E1 class.

The Transmoto 19 and Under class is a four-way log jam at the top of the standings, with Yamaha Privateer Peter Daniel Allen (146), Kawasaki KX Junior Squad‰Ûªs Lyndon Snodgrass (145), Bolton‰Ûªs KTM rider Tom Mason (144) and Suzuki‰Ûªs Wil Ruprecht (130) all in contention at the pointy end of the season.

Much like Toby Price and Josh Green in their respective classes, Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Tayla Jones (200 points) will go a long way to claiming the Women‰Ûªs class championship if she can secure another two wins this weekend.

Jones currently leads fellow Yamaha duo Jemma Wilson (158) and Emelie Karlsson (146), while ShercoAus Ballards Motorex Off-Road rider Jess Gardiner (132) sits in fourth place after missing the Aratula round last month courtesy of a broken wrist.

Yamaha‰Ûªs Kirk Hutton (200) has also gone through the series undefeated, however he can relax knowing he has already secured the Veteran‰Ûªs class title with an unassailable lead ahead of the final four rounds.

The Masters class remains a closely fought battle at the top of the standings, with Suzuki Privateer Trent Lean (184) looking to secure the class title over the remaining two AORC weekends which are held in his home state of New South Wales.

Yamaha Privateer Robert Day (167) is well and truly within striking distance and sits just 17 points adrift of Lean.

In the juniors, the J4 class is down to a two-horse race between Husqvarna Privateer Fraser Higlett (194) and KTM Privateer Ben Kearns (180), while Kawasaki KX Junior Squad‰Ûªs Joshua Brierley will make it very difficult for his nearest rivals to rein him in if he can extend on his 47 point lead in the J3 class.

Brierley‰Ûªs twin brother and fellow Kawasaki KX Junior Squad rider Mitchell (194) also leads in the J2 class, but he will have young KTM Privateer Corey Hammond (182) to contend with in the final rounds.

Tickets are also now on sale for the 2015 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship Presentation Dinner at Riverwood Downs, Monkerai on August 16.

For more information, find the flyer for the event HERE.

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