Off Road

Battle Lines Drawn in Yamaha AORC


E3 Points leader Daniel Milner. Photo: John Pearson Media
The 2018 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) is about to reach the crucial mid-season milestone this weekend with Round 7 Broken Hill.

The title fights are set to heat up this weekend, as the riders prepare for a historic first AORC cross country desert race! Now marks a great time to anaylse who is flying and gunning for a championship trophy in 2018.

In the E1 class, a new Enduro star is rising in the form of Active8 Yamaha Yamalube‰Ûªs, Luke Styke. His switch from Motocross to Enduro has been well documented this season and he has taken to the sport like a duck to water. Styke is well on track to take out a championship in his first attempt and Yamaha should be applauded for recognising the talent within him.

Styke has dropped only a single round so far to Fraser Higlett. The rising star, Higlett is competing in his first season out of the EJ class and showing all the right signs that he can contend for championships in the near future.
E2 points leader Daniel Sanders. Photo: John Pearson Media
Over in E2, it‰Ûªs been the Daniel Sanders show, as he made his return to AORC after a difficult EnduroGP campaign. The Victorian rider has managed a clean sweep so far and is well on track to take out the coveted class trophy. Yamaha‰Ûªs Josh Green has finished second to Sanders in the majority of rounds, however he‰Ûªs usually amongst the fastest overall riders on track.

Lyndon Snodgrass is a rider that still appears to be adapting to 450EXC-F. After taking out a championship last year, Snodgrasss has yet to set the world on fire with the transition to E2. He could be a rider that could take it up to the front runners once he finds his rhythm, he definitely has the talent to do so.
Yamaha's Luke Styke leads the E1 class heading into Broken Hill. Photo: John Pearson Media
Moving on to E3, it‰Ûªs a Daniel Milner lockout. The multiple champion is hungry and motivated to be the first to win the triple crown and the results back that up. Like Sanders, he has not dropped a single round to his opposition. Husqvarna‰Ûªs Lachlan Stanford has finished second to Milner in every round bar the first. It will be difficult for him to take the fight to Milner, who is in the form of his life.

Yamaha mounted, Michael Driscoll has dominated the EJ Class and looks set to retain his title. Joshua Brierley on the Husqvarna has impressed with his graduation from the J4 class with second place in the standings.

Its set to be a thrilling weekend for AORC Round 7 this weekend, with Juniors set to race on Saturday, whilst the Seniors prologue on Saturday and race on Sunday. Competitors will brave the dry conditions and battle it out for supremacy in a four-hour race along a 38km loop. Stay tuned to all AORC channels to keep up with the action.
Yamaha mounted, Michael Driscoll has dominated the EJ Class. Photo: John Pearson Media
2018 AORC Points Standings

1. Luke STYKE 147 Points
2. Fraser HIGLETT 123 Points
3. Jack SIMPSON 120 Points
4. Jeremy CARPENTIER 94 Points
5. Tomas RAVENHORST 93 Points
6. Brad HARDAKER 87 Points
7. Baylee DAVIES 84 Points
8. Peter-Daniel ALLAN 75 Points
9. Nicolas TOMLINSON 70 Points
10. Neil COLLARD 53 Points

1. Daniel SANDERS 150 Points
2. Joshua GREEN 128 Points
3. Lyndon SNODGRASS 124 Points
4. Stefan GRANQUIST 102 Points
5. Riley GRAHAM 95 Points
6. Matt MURRY 80 Points
7. Brent DEAN 41 Points
8. Luke BUNNIK 39 Points
9. Wil RUPRECHT 36 Points
10. Sean HOLMES 32 Points

1. Daniel MILNER 150 Points
2. Lachlan STANFORD 123 Points
3. Broc GRABHAM 108 Points
4. Thomas MASON 96 Points
5. Andrew WILKSCH 95 Points
6. Jesse LAWTON 84 Points
7. Jamie ROBINS 83 Points
8. Stuart HOLT 69 Points
9. Kane HALL 68 Points
10. Scott KEEGAN 40 Points

1. Michael DRISCOLL 150 Points
2. Joshua BRIERLEY 126 Points
3. Corey HAMMOND 110 Points
4. Mitchell BRIERLEY 94 Points
5. Harrison TEED 93 Points
6. Lachlan ALLAN 83 Points
7. Riley NANCARROW 58 Points
8. Dalton JOHNSON 53 Points
9. Luke ALLAN 51 Points
10. Mason Semmens 44 Points

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