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First Champions Crowned At 2023 Australian Off-Road Championship Penultimate Round

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Will Dennett and his team celebrate his 2023 EJ Championship win. Photo: Troy Pears

At the penultimate round of the 2023 Australian Off-Road Championship, under clear skies and scorching conditions, riders faced challenging timecard Enduro trials.

Dungog, NSW, provided a spectacular backdrop as six new champions emerged: Josh Green (E1), Will Dennett (EJ), Jess Gardiner (EW), Rowan Pumpa (EM), Leigh Bentley (EV), and Danielle McDonald (JG).

While more champions will be determined at tomorrows twelfth and final round, notable senior winners from Round 11 included Kyron Bacon (E1), Jonte Reynders (E2), Stefan Granquist (E3), Gardiner (EW), Damian Smith (EM), Darren Lloyd (EV), Stephen Matheson (EL), and Blake Scott (2T).

Junior winners for the day featured Dennett (EJ), Riley Crimmins (J4), McDonald (JG), Bradley Rayner (J3), Harley Hutton (J2), Darcy Huston (J1), and Ryder Burchell (JJ).

Jonte Reynders secured the fastest overall time with a total of 50:59.551.

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E1 winner Kyron Bacon. Photo: Troy Pears

E1
Kyron Bacon, fresh back from an impressive debut in the EnduroGP Championship in Protugal, finished today’s one-day Enduro with a total time of 51:23.008 and the Round 11 E1 class win. His rival, Korey McMahon just couldn’t quite meet Bacon’s blistering speeds, dropping valuable seconds to finish in third place.

The star of the show today was Cooper Sheidow. The Queenslander was sitting pretty in first place on the Championship leader board as racing headed into Dungog and if he keeps up the steady work, he could leave this weekend with a coveted AORC E1 Championship title!

For Round 11, Sheidow finished in second place ahead of McMahon, thanks to a total time of 52:33.019.

Photo of Australian Off Road rider Josh Green
Josh Green took out the 2023 E2 Championship with a round to spare. Photo: Troy Pears

Tefol E2
Josh Green’s consistency all year, battling it out with the likes of Jonte Reynders, Andy Wilksch and Jye Dickson, has seen him crowned as the 2023 AORC Tefol E2 Champion! With at least four AORC titles under his belt, Green confirmed that, “I’m just stoked to do it again and be a back-to-back Champion.”

“E2 is always one of the strong classes and this year Jonte, Andy, Fraser and Jye really pushed me,” Green said. “It was a really tough year for me! I want to give a huge shout out and thank you to my Shop Yamaha team, my whole crew, my team back at home, my sponsors and everyone who helped me get to this moment.”

Winning the Round 11 Tefol E2 class was Jonte Reynders. The speed demon created a whopping near one-minute lead ahead of Green, to claim an undisputed first place finish. Green rode happily into second place, ahead of Dickson in third. Dickson finished eight tests in today’s timecard Enduro with a total time of 52:26.420.

Photo of Australian Off Road rider Stefan Granquist
Stefan Granquist took the E3 win by less than two seconds. Photo: Troy Pears

E3
It was less than two seconds that separated Stephane Granquist and Riley McGillivray from the top step! After eight gruelling tests in today’s timecard Enduro, Granquist managed to take the fight to McGillivray, the heat and the dry track conditions to claim the gold.

McGillivray settled for second place, leaving Sam Pretscherer to clinch the third and final podium spot. After a long day on the bike, Pretscherer clocked off with a total time of 53:32.877.

It all comes down to tomorrow for the super competitive E3 class, with only a few points hanging in the balance.

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At just 30 years of age, Jess Gardiner now has eight EW championships to her name. Photo: Troy Pears

EW
Claiming her eighth Australian Championship title, Jess Gardiner won the show well and truly with another EW class win thanks to a total time of 58:40.217. Reflecting on the past season, Gardiner explained “I’m 30 years old now and to get my eighth title is pretty special.”

“It’s been a big year, especially after just coming back from Portugal and wrapping up another Aussie title. Thank you to everyone who supports me, you’ve all become like family to me.

“Today was quite dusty and the club did an awesome considering all the conditions. It was really fun to do a traditional Enduro to cap off the season.”

Ebony Nielsen took second place ahead of Emelie Karlsson. After eight tests they clocked off with respective total times of 59:57.570 and 1:00:46.232 respectively.

Photo of Australian Off Road rider Will Dennett
Will Dennett proudly displays his number one after becoming the 2023 EJ Champion. Photo: Troy Pears

EJ
The 2023 season well and truly belongs to the EJ giant, Will Dennett as he celebrates both the 2023 EJ Championship title and the Round 11 class win. Dennett beat Billy Hargy to the punch today, putting a sizeable distance between them to win. Hargy took second place, with a total time of 45:30.565.

“I would like to thank my dad in particular,” said Dennett.

“He’s always been there to support me, help me and I believe he’s the reason I’m here today celebrating my first Australian Championship title.

“Today’s racing was great. The tracks got rougher throughout the day and as it got rougher, I felt more comfortable. Tomorrow I’ll go and have fun and definitely still aim for the win.”

Rounding out the podium in third was Jett Yarnold. With a total time of 45:49.053, Yarnold was breathing hard down Hargy’s neck. It should be all action tomorrow in EJ for the final 2023 Round.

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Damian Smith took the win in the Masters class. Photo: Troy Pears

EM (Masters)
He may have come in second for Round 11 but Leigh Bentley’s consistency all season long has won him a well-deserved 2023 AORC EM Championship title! With a total time of 59:51.909, Bentley was fairly comfortable regardless of the hot weather and dry conditions.

Winning the Round 11 EM class was Damian Smith, thanks to an impressive total time of 56:15.914 after eight tests.

Rounding out the EM podium for Round 11 was Sam Miller, who clocked off with a total time of 1:04:33.513.

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Darren Lloyd took the win in the Veterans class. Photo: Troy Pears

EV (Veterans)
Similar to EM, Rowan Pumpa clocked off eight tests in second place for EV in Round 11 but his steadfast presence on the podium all season sees him win the 2023 AORC EV Championship title! Pumpa clocked off with a total time of 57:19.907.

Claiming the top step for Round 11 was Darren Lloyd, with a red-hot total time of 55:28.711. Lloyd cooked the competition, with a new two-minute lead ahead of Pumpa and a near five-minute lead ahead of Brett McDonnell. McDonnell claimed the final podium spot.

EL (Enduro Legends)
Stephen Matheson just couldn’t be beat in EL, as he created a near one-minute lead ahead of his competition. Behind Matheson in second place was Craig Treasure, thanks to a total time of 1:05:18.205. Rounding out the podium today after eight tests of today’s Enduro, was Jason Pearce with a total time of 1:05:56.901.

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Blake Scott took out the T2 class. Photo: Troy Pears

2T
After eight tests underneath Dungog’s scorching sun, Blake Scott claimed the top step in 2T with a total time of 1:14:14.782. Behind Scott in second place today was Tim Newman, thanks to a total time of 1:16:54.227.

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EWD Winner Shaylynne Kuhnke. Photo: Troy Pears

EWD (Enduro Women’s Development)
It was a hard day of riding here in Dungog but Shaylynne Kuhnke pushed on to complete six tests of today’s Enduro. Kuhnke clocked off Round 11 with a total time of 3:15:21.510.

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Riley Crimmins won the J4 class. Photo: Troy Pears

J4
Riley Crimmins won by a landslide in J4, creating a whopping near 1-minute lead to claim gold. With a total time of 36:28.357, Crimmins beat Jackson Versteegen to the top step, leaving the Savage Motorcycles rider to settle for second.

Rounding out the J4 podium after six tests in today’s Enduro format was Ryan Jordan. Jordan clocked off with a total time of 37:18.328.

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Danielle McDonald took out her second JG Championship in a row. Photo: Troy Pears

JG
Danielle McDonald has claimed her second AORC JG Championship title! Even with plenty of Championship points under her belt, McDonald didn’t take it easy for Round 11, screaming across Dungog to claim another JG class win. Her Round 11 win was marked by just over a 5-minute lead.

Jade Chellas rode into second place today, with a total time of 44:48.664 after six tests. Behind Chellas in third place was Amity Cork, thanks to a total time of 47:57.057.

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Bradley Rayner was the J3 winner. Photo: Troy Pears

J3
Bradley Rayner has protected his top dog position in J3, bringing the success in Kyogle down to Dungog! With a first-place finish thanks to a total time of 36:40.920, Rayner was mere seconds ahead of Dylan McDonald.

McDonald conceded for second place, clocking off with a total time of 36:46.173. Rounding out the podium today was Cooper Boyd. Boyd fought off Oscar Harris to win bronze, clocking off with a total time of 37:42.887.

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Harley Hutton was back on top in J2. Photo: Troy Pears

J2
Harley Hutton claimed a strong win in J2, with more than one minute lead ahead of his competition. After six tests and a long day under the Dungog sun, Hutton is looking primed to continue his success into Round 12 tomorrow.

Harry Hubbard claimed silver, thanks to a total time of 39:56.285. Behind Hubbard in third place was Kai Austin, with a time of 40:45.104.

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Darcy Huston on his way to the J1 class win. Photo: Troy Pears

J1
After six tough tests in today’s Enduro, Darcy Huston claimed first place. With a total time of 30:44.839, Huston finished ahead of Phoenix O’Brien with minimal seconds to spare, especially considering O’Brien clocked off with a total time of 31:07.644. Rounding out the Round 11 J1 podium was Chase Weston. Weston managed to fend off Levi Rossi and Cooper Clarke for the final podium spot, thanks to a total time of 31:32.835.

JJ
It was action-central in JJ, as Ryder Burchell tangoed with Ryder Lambing and Maxi Harris for the top step. Like Groundhog Day, you might remember that this is the same podium from Kyogle from Round 10! Burchell clinched first place thanks to a total time of 34:01.067. Lambing conceded for second ahead of Harris in third, each with total times of 34:30.044 and 34:33.282, respectively.

The twelfth and final AORC Round continues tomorrow. All remaining Champions will be crowned in another one-day Enduro.

Photo of Australian Off Road rider Ryder Burchell
Ryder Burchell was the JJ winner. Photo: Troy Pears

Results: 2023 AORC Round 11

2023 AORC Round 11 E1 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Kyron Bacon (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 51:23.008
2 Cooper Sheidow (Yamaha) 52:33.019
3 Korey McMahon (GASGAS Australia, Motorex) 52:52.390
4 Brock Nichols (Husqvarna) 53:23.979
5 Troy Weinert (KTM) 58:46.231

2023 AORC Round 11 E2 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Jonte Reynders (Motul Pirelli Sherco) 50:59.551
2 Joshua Green (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 51:58.967
3 Jye Dickson (GASGAS) 52:26.420
4 Andy Wilksch (KTM Australia, Alpinestars) 52:30.733
5 Travis Silk (Pro-Moto Suspension, KTM) 53:14.148

2023 AORC Round 11 E3 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Stefan Granquist (Husqvarna) 52:30.222
2 Riley McGillivray (Shepparton Motorcycles, KTM) 52:32.223
3 Sam Pretscherer (Simford Motorsport Group) 53:32.877
4 Thomas Henry (Beta) 54:13.773
5 Patrick McGillivray (Shepparton Motorcycles, Tunetech Suspension) 55:26.063

2023 AORC Round 11 EW Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 58:40.217
2 Ebony Nielsen (Beta) 59:57.570
3 Emelie Karlsson (Husqvarna) 1:00:46.232
4 Courtney Rubie (KTM) 1:03:16.786
5 Ariana Collins (Husqvarna) 1:08:17.218

2023 AORC Round 11 EJ Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Will Dennett (Yamaha Australia) 44:45.643
2 Billy Hargy (Husqvarna Offroad Racing Team) 45:30.565
3 Jett Yarnold (Yamaha Australia, Yamalube) 45:49.053
4 Luke Chellas (Northbound Driver Training, KTM) 47:02.329
5 Eli Tripcony (Husqvarna) 47:14.716

2023 AORC Round 11 EM Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Damian Smith (Husqvarna) 56:15.914
2 Leigh Bentley (Yamaha) 59:51.909
3 Sam Miller (Hartley Service Centre, KTM) 1:04:33.513
4 Stephen Hicks (Husqvarna) 1:05:04.505
5 Loui Stylianou (GASGAS) 1:06:19.029

2023 AORC Round 11 EV Top 5 Provisional Result:
1 Darren Lloyd (Husqvarna) 55:28.711
2 Rowan Pumpa (Kessner Motorcycles, Motorex) 57:19.907
3 Brett McDonnell (KTM) 1:00:44.413
4 Justin Seymour (Suttos, KTM) 1:01:40.182
5 Josh Murphy (Driftcon, KTM) 1:04:16.378

2023 AORC Round 11 EL Top 5 Provisional Result:
1 Stephen Matheson (Bite Me Bakehouse, SMW Hornsby) 1:04:29.434
2 Craig Treasure (Husqvarna) 1:05:18.205
3 Jason Pearce (KTM) 1:05:56.901
4 Robert Dummer (Husqvarna) 1:07:42.214
5 Wayne Smith (Ray Smith Electrical, Husqvarna) 1:11:34.972

2023 AORC Round 11 2T Top 2 Provisional Result:
1 Blake Scott (KTM) 1:14:14.782
2 Tim Newman (Clearview Innovations, GASGAS) 1:16:54.227

2023 AORC Round 11 EWD Provisional Result:
1 Shaylynne Kuhnke (Yamaha) 3:15:21.510

2023 AORC Round 11 J4 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Riley Crimmins (KTM) 35:26.666
2 Jackson Versteegen (Savage Motorcycles, Michelin) 36:28.357
3 Ryan Jordan (NW Motorcycles D Signs) 37:18.328
4 Oliver Paterno (Port Macquarie Motorcycles) 37:28.190
5 Levi Stephens (True Painting, KTM Newcastle) 37:28.458

2023 AORC Round 11 JG Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Danielle McDonald (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 38:02.550
2 Jade Chellas (KTM) 44:48.664
3 Amity Cork (Corkys Electrical, Beta) 47:57.057
4 Tia Bowers (Two Wheel Obsession, Yamaha) 51:31.202
5 Olivia Johnson (Husqvarna) 53:00.705

2023 AORC Round 11 J3 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Bradley Rayner (KTM Newcastle, Dungog MCC) 36:40.920
2 Dylan McDonald (McDonald Racing) 36:46.173
3 Cooper Boyd (Port Macquarie Motorcycles, Mid Coast Bearings Taree) 37:42.887
4 Oscar Harris (Simford Group Motorsport) 38:04.496
5 Beau Tripcony (Husqvarna) 38:06.898

2023 AORC Round 11 J2 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Harley Hutton (GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing) 38:46.904
2 Harry Hubbard (Tdub, QB4) 39:56.285
3 Kai Austin (Wauchope Concrete, RSM Motorcycles) 40:45.104
4 Nate Munro (Powerhouse Motorcycles, 501 Motorsports) 41:16.269
5 Harry Gilbertson (Brandt John Deere, Sears Electrical) 41:21.701

2023 AORC Round 11 J1 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Darcy Huston (Citycoast Motorcycles, Holeshot graphics) 30:44.839
2 Phoenix O’Brien (Inix Group, Montdami Bongiorno) 31:07.644
3 Chase Weston (Tdub, ProCoat Aus) 31:32.835
4 Levi Rossi (Paint Tech SA, Kessner Motorcycles) 31:47.231
5 Cooper Clarke (Maiden Homes, KTM) 31:47.611

2023 AORC Round 11 JJ Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Ryder Burchell (McDonald’s Racing Team) 34:01.067
2 Ryder Lambing (GasMoto, Monza Imports) 34:30.044
3 Maxi Harris (Morgans Financial Port Macquarie, KTM) 34:33.282
4 Thomas Hathway (Get Switched On) 36:58.332
5 Zain Lennon (GASGAS) 38:41.599

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