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