Off Road

Daniel Sanders heads the KTM charge at Portland AORC rounds

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KTM Enduro Racing Team rider Daniel ‰ÛÏChucky‰Û
Tye Simmonds. Credit: John Pearson
In the E2 category Tye Simmonds continued his battle with tight, technical conditions, but still powered his KTM 450 EXC to two podium finishes and still managed sixth and seventh overall for weekend.

"I've got no complaints about the weekend - it was awesome, but I‰Ûªm not happy about my results," Simmonds said.

"That's the way it goes though, that's racing," he continued, "I'm definitely glad I came and spent some time with Grabbo beforehand, I wouldn't have liked to have seen my results if I hadn't come and trained in the stuff. I know the tight, technical off camber, single-trail stuff is a weakness of mine but I‰Ûªve just got to spend more time in it.

"I‰Ûªll drive home tonight, pick the old man up and then carry on up to Finke now, where we‰Ûªll be for a week, so I'm keen to go stretching throttles cables now.‰Û
Jack Simpson. Credit: John Pearson
Riding the KTM 250 SX-F, former pro-motocrosser Jack Simpson continued his stellar introduction to off-road racing, and despite the very un-motocrossy conditions, the Victorian KTM factory support rider used 3, 4 results for the weekend to position himself just two points away from the E1 class lead.

‰ÛÏRound three started a little bit slow but I finally found my feet and learnt a lot," Simpson offered. "I struggled a little bit on the technical, tight stuff, but once I got into the grass track, that's where I made that time back.

"The technical, rocky stuff was nothing like I've ever ridden, so I‰Ûªm just learning as fast as I can every single race. It‰Ûªs a really fresh new challenge, having not been to these properties before and having not done this type of racing before. I‰Ûªm eager to learn and conquer it. I‰Ûªd like to thank Chucky, who showed me a couple of lines when we were walking the track, and Grabbo and the team for helping me out.‰Û
Nic Tomlinson. Credit: John Pearson
Nic Tomlinson continued his sparkling form in the Transmoto 19 and Under class with a dominant display that netted him and his KTM 300 EXC two victories, while cracking the top 15 outright on both days. The KTM factory support rider from Forbes, NSW now holds a six-point lead in the category.

‰ÛÏI'm pretty happy with the way I went this weekend, a lot better than last round, but still not quite where I want to be," Tomlinson said. "I really enjoyed the track, so it was good to ride in some tight bush with gnarly, snotty rocks again. It‰Ûªs similar to home. It's good to be winning the class overall at the moment. I haven‰Ûªt done a round at Murray Bridge before, but from what I‰Ûªve heard it should be more like home.‰Û

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