Ramping up the intensity at the penultimate round of the 2019 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC), Round 10 was nothing short of spectacular.
Featuring an unmissable battle between Emelie Karlsson, Emma Milesevic and Jessica Gardiner, today‰Ûªs Cross-Country format spanned six laps and just over two hours of superb action.
Coming out on top today was Karlsson, Lee Stephens, Peter Rudd and Chris Perry for the Women‰Ûªs, Veterans, Masters and 2 Stroke Cup.
Anyone who questions whether the talent in the AORC Women‰Ûªs category is disappearing can be quickly silenced after today‰Ûªs epic battle between three outstanding competitors. Karlsson, Milesevic and Gardiner tangoed one beautiful dance today, right from the starting line.
After a lack lustre start to her race, Gardiner had her work cut out for her over the six laps, as she did what Gardiner does best and fought tooth and nail to recover her position. But as the race progressed, the race to watch was between Karlsson and Milesevic, with only 0.483 separating each other at the finish line! The ‰Û÷Flying Swede‰Ûª Karlsson came out victorious with a total time of 2:10:00.873, with Honda‰Ûªs Milesevic a hairs breathe off first, settling instead for second with a total time of 2:10:01.356.
Gardiner conceded for third place today, clocking in a total time of 2:12:47.661. With a third place finish, Gardiner's hold on the 2019 Championship will now come down to Sunday's racing.
‰ÛÏIt was pretty cool race. Emma and I came off together. She passed me on the straight before the log on the first lap. Then she fell off during the race, which allowed me to get in front for the most part of the race,‰Û