Yamaha Racing riders laid solid foundations for championship success after day one of competition at the Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) at Harvey, in Western Australia.
235 riders took off on day one, covering some 240 kilometres and eight special tests, in an exciting start to Australia‰Ûªs highest profile off road motorcycle event.
Yamaha have a wide range of riders representing the blue brand, from the factory supported teams of CDR Yamaha and Active8 Yamaha, to the Vets and Girls classes. With day one now in the books, Yamaha have four riders entrenched in the top 10 outright and plenty of class podium positions.
CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Daniel Milner (Victoria) leads the charge sitting in second place outright and leading the E1 class (bikes under 250cc). He sits just 10 seconds behind the leader, Husqvarna's Matthew Phillips, after the opening day, winning three of the special tests conducted and feeling in good touch on his YZ250F machine. Milner is the reigning A4DE champion and out to make it two in a row in 2013.
Team mate Stefan Merriman rounded out day one in sixth outright on his WR450F in the E2 class. The former multi time world champion rode with his usual precision in the rough and sandy conditions and sits 2minutes from the outright lead. He is fourth in class and well placed as the field fires up for day two.