Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team riders Lachy Stanford and Glenn Kearney are ready to take on their toughest physical challenge of the racing year so far when the Australian Off-Road Championships continue this weekend at Hedley in Victoria.
While the opening rounds of the series in Queensland adopted the shorter sprint format on both days, the second stop on the calendar will open on Saturday with the gruelling three-hour cross-country format in the deep, dark energy-sapping sands for which Hedley is famous, before reverting to the shorter sprint format for Sunday‰Ûªs fourth round.
After claiming his first ever AORC outright podium last time out aboard his Husqvarna FE 350, Lachy Stanford will continue with renewed confidence in the E2 class where he currently sits fourth.
‰ÛÏHeading down for round three and it's the first cross-country/sprint." Stanford said. "The cross-country is always fun, and we've changed up the training a lot for this style of race, doing longer motos and cardio sessions.
"It's good to mix up the training a little bit, so I‰Ûªm really looking forward to getting out there and getting into the cross-countrys. We‰Ûªll run a bigger tank on the 350 and being as how it‰Ûªs a sand track we've got a slightly different set-up on the bike, but not much.
"That first round result was important, it definitely gives you a confidence boost to know that your speed is up there, and you believe you can do it. It's a big bonus knowing that you can run with the front guys. It gives you a bit of an edge.‰Û