EnduroCross

Chris Hollis avoids the carnage to win 2013 Yamaha King of the Enduro-X

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Motorex KTM Off-Road racings Chris Hollis won the 2013 Yamaha King of the Enduro-X held under-lights inside the Gillman Speedway in South Australia on Saturday night.

In front of a large and enthusiastic crowd Hollis set a side some misfortunes from throughout the night to hold off an all star line up when the money was on the line at the end of the night.

While CDR Yamaha rider Danile Milner was able to claim the victory in the Pro class for the nights heat racing by virtue of his two race wins, along with a second and third place finish in the two remaining heats, it was Hollis who asserted his authority when the riders hit the track for the Superpole session to determine gate picks for the nights main event, laying down the quickest lap around the very technical track.

The Yamaha King of the Enduro-X finals format is conducted via a three race back to back format with the bottom five riders at the end of the first leg being knocked out of the race, followed by the another five riders being given their marching orders at the end of the second leg, with the top six riders then battling it out for the $4000 winners check on offer over a final four lap race.
Daniel Milner won two heat races during the night and won the Pro Class for the evening - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
When the gates dropped on the first Final it was Hollis who rocketed to the front, holding the field at bay, while back in the pack the fight was on to finish in side the top eleven. The battle on the final lap came down to a race between Jack Gaynor and Adrian Harry, with Gaynor holding on to advance to race two.

Race two started off much the same as race one, with Hollis launching to the front of the pack and never challenged. He was followed across the finish line by Carlton Dry Honda backed racer Peter Boyle, Milner, Stefan Granquist and Bret Dean who were all safely in to the final.

Behind the top five, local Husaberg rider Ivan Long racing for Flinders Motorcycles held a transfer spot in to the final race of the night but was coming under increased pressure from Husqvarna Racing's Glenn Kearney.

With the two riders heading in to the City Discount tyres, tyre section with the race end in sight, Long made a mistake in the section which was filled from end to end with loose tyres, allowing Kearney to capitalise on the situation and sneak through for sixth place and the final spot in the nights big race.

The start of the final race for the evening was identical to the previous two legs, with Hollis firing his KTM 450 EXC in to the lead out of the first corner ahead of Boyle and Milner.

Behind the lead three, things got pear shaped for each of the remaining riders, with Bret Dean retiring from the race, while the City Discount tyres section reached up and pulled Kearney out of contention. The following lap it was Grandquist in fourth place who come undone in the tortures tyre section ruling him out of contention.
Hollis was unstoppable when the final races got underway - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Out front Hollis held on to take the race win ahead of a fast charging Boyle, with Milner rounding out the podium.

"Tonight was awesome, there were a lot of people here and I had a lot of fun," Hollis commented after the race, while signing autographs for a never ending line of both new and long time fans.

"My KTM EXC 450 was really good tonight and I have to thank the local KTM dealership, Kessner motorcycles for helping me out a lot tonight," he added.

"At the end of the night it all came good for me and I claimed the win. All of us top enduro boys have been hanging out together tonight and had a ball and will definitely be back again next year.

"The event was really well run, the club came and spoke to us about any problems and that is what a good promoter does and we can bounce ideas of each other and we end up with an awesome event like we had here tonight." Hollis concluded.
Boyle claimed the second step of the podium with a solid ride when it counted. - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
For Victorian Peter Boyle it was a case of being close but not close enough as he finished second to Hollis in all three legs of the main event, securing second place at the event, that he too was racing for the first time this year.

"It was a really good event, a fair crowd came and I kept them entertained with a few big crashes on those cars over there," Boyle said with a smile on his face.

"I certainly finished off the night better than I started and it was good to finish second.

"I have had a bit of a slow start to the year, hopefully this is what I need to get back in to it now and start getting some results," he added.

Rounding out the podium was the rider who currently sits third outright in the 2013 Australian Off-Road Championships, Danile Milner.

"The event was unreal, the track lay out and all the obstacles were perfect." Milner stated. "The event had everything, there was some hard stuff and also some easy stuff and it made the event so much fun and that is the reason we do this type of racing for, to get the enjoyment out of it.

"To have it under-lights is a bonus, it is the show off spectacle of Enduro and everyone loves to show off so it worked out really good.

"My result was not to bad, I got third so I can't complain about that. I was a bit stuffed by the end of the night, but you get that," Milner concluded.

Yamaha mounted Stefan Grandquist came across the line in fourth place, with Glenn Kearney rounding out the top five for the evening.

While the Pro Riders made the course look somewhat easy for the most part, though even every Pro ran in to trouble at some point during the night, the expert, clubman and junior classes kept the crowd on their feet cheering all night with a combination of some great skills and riding along with moments of out-right carnage with bikes and bodies bouncing everywhere.

For Full Results from each class from the 2013 Yamaha King of Enduro-X CLICK HERE
2013 Yamaha King of the Enduro-X Podium - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Yamaha King of the Enduro-X Main Event Final Results:
1. Chris Hollis
2. Peter Boyle
3. Danile Milner
4. Stefan Granquist
5. Glenn Kearney
6. Brent Dean

Top Image: Chris Hollis claimed main event Victory at the 2013 Yamaha King of the Enduro-X
Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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