It was a case of every rider gets a prize for the Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Racing Team riders at the opening weekend of the Australian Off Road Championships with all three riders climbing on the podium after a hectic weekends‰Ûª action at Toowoomba in Queensland.
The long, hot and dry summer that has beat down in South East Queensland in recent months left the Murphy‰Ûªs Creek venue extremely dry and with a over 250 riders entered for the event and a final burst of summer from a scorching sun, conditions were dry, dusty and downright nasty as competitors battled their way through bull-dust filled ruts that lined the course.
Luke Styke picked up where he left off in 2018 and was in fine form as he took control of the E1 (250cc) class from the get go. Styke dominated the class in round one on Saturday, winning every test and taking a comfortable class win and an impressive third outright in a great start to his championship.
Round two on Sunday Styke started the day a fraction off the pace and lost time to his rivals leaving him to play catch up at the remaining tests. He clawed back five seconds in the next test and another second in the third test but his charge stopped there when organisers decided to declare the event due to the dangerous and dusty conditions.
‰ÛÏI would to have liked to have won every test and take the win on both days but I made some mistakes in the first test on Sunday and lost 11 or 12 seconds,‰Û