Off Road

CDR Yamaha riders take the conservative approach at Kilkivan

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CDR Yamaha Off Road's Chris Hollis and Tom McCormack both took a conservative approach at the opening rounds of the Australian Off Road Championship (AORC), held at Kilkivan in Queensland over the weekend.

The sprint format used on the weekend saw both riders ensure they had a safe and smooth run on each day and can now look to build momentum as the championship moves on.

For Hollis, the hot, dusty and humid conditions didn‰Ûªt suit the veteran off road rider and using his wealth of experience, he elected to get through the weekend unscathed and not risk injury at the very first round of the championship.

Hollis understands that it is a 12 round championship and he wasn‰Ûªt going to do anything that would jeopardize his chance at the championship further down the track. He claimed sixth outright on Saturday, then improved one spot to take fifth on Sunday.

He sits in sixth place after two rounds but is lurking dangerously with only a handful of points separating several riders.

In E2 class standings, Hollis sits third on his WR450F after the opening weekend of racing.

‰ÛÏThe conditions didn‰Ûªt really suit me so I raced fairly conservatively all weekend with the aim of putting myself in contention, not knocking myself out of contention,‰Û
Tom McCormack is back in action. Credit: Mad Dog Images
For team mate, Tom McCormack, it was his first race back after 12 months on the sidelines with serious injury and getting through the weekend unscathed was at the top of his priority list. Add to the fact that McCormack has moved up to the E2 division for the first time, it was a toe in the water type weekend for McCormack and the CDR Yamaha team.

To his credit, McCormack improved as the weekend went on. He claimed 13th outright on Saturday, eighth in class but stepped it up on Sunday to take 11th outright and a very respectable fourth in class.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs good to be back and even better to get through the weekend without any issues,‰Û

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