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Josh Green Carves Up Corner Inlet On Way To Round Three Victory

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Active8 Yamalube's Josh Green has won an energy sapping three hour cross country race at Corner Inlet, Victoria at the third round of the 2015 Australian Off-Road Championship today.

After overnight rain, followed by junior, clubman, Women and Vets races, the Pro and Expert class riders were treated to a perfect 15 kilometer race track that contained a handful of grass track sections along with plenty of deep black sand to ensure every rider was put through a pure endurance test.

It was Bolton KTM's privateer Tom Mason who launched out to massive holeshot and led the the field for the first half of the opening lap. Behind Mason all sorts of carnage was unfolding as reigning champion Toby Price was caught up in a second turn pile up along with CDR Yamaha's Chris Hollis.
Price and Hollis were both involved in a second turn crash with Hollis retiring from the event soon after. - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Both Price and Hollis were able to re-mount and continue in the race, however Hollis was soon forced to retire due to injury, with the CDR team leaving the venue shortly after, with Hollis not looking as though he will return for round four of the championship tomorrow.

Out front KTM Off-Road Racing's Daniel Sanders claimed control of the race, with the Active8 Yamaha duo of Beau Ralston and Green worked their wasy into second and third respectively in the opening laps, while Price and team-mate Tye Simmonds both worked their way inside the top ten after Simmonds also ran into early trouble leaving him as far back as 25th.
Josh Green crosses the line to claim victory - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
By the half way mark of the race, Green had control of the race and was never headed, running away to the grueling nine lap race in just under three and a half hours.

"I feel pretty good, but I did start to cramp in that last lap, it was a long race." Green told Fullnoise.com.au after the race. "I crossed the line at three hours and twenty two minutes I think, the race was probably a lap longer than It should have."

"I'm a bit sore, I think everyone will be, the track got really deep and rough out there," Green added.

With round four being held on the same track as today, with the 15km loop being split into two 7.5Km sprint tracks, Green is eager to restore the energy levels before getting a good nights rest.

"It's time to head go and get a parma and a pasta and a couple of cokes, then come back tomorrow and try to do it again." Green who also claimed the E1 class win for the round concluded..
Daniel Sanders was impressive on his way to second outright
The race for second place came down to a battle between Sanders and Ralston with the duo swapping positions on a couple of occasions as their pit stop strategies played out.

With a couple of laps to run, Sanders in second placed ducked into the pits to top up, with Ralston fast closing in. Sanders however was able to exit the pits with a handy lead ahead of Ralston before going on to cross the line in a very solid second position and the leading E3 rider.

Ralston came through for third to give the Active8 team a double podium result and their second class win for the round, picking up the Victory in the E2 class.
Beau Ralston continues to move up the AORC ranks after making the switch from MX to Off-road - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Toby Price crossed the line in fourth position and it looked as though the entire KTM Off-Road team would finish inside the top five until Simmonds bike gave up in the final lap after the former Motocross pro worked his way all the way to fifth position and closing in on Price entering the final lap.

Husqvarna's Lachlan Stanford swept through for 5th position ahead of team-mate and boss Glenn Kearney, while Broc Grabham finished in a fine 7th position aboard his Sherco.

Yamaha privateer Stafan Granqvist rode strong all day, though looked to have some type of bike issue, looking down at his rear wheel on numerous occasions on the final few laps eventually finishing in 8th, with Tom Kite in 9th and KTM supported Ivan Long rounding out the top ten.

Mason held on to finish the day in 11th and take the win in the Under 19s class.

Earlier in the day, Yamaha privateer Taylor Jones was a clear winner in the Women's class leading home not just the women, but all Clubman and Veterans in a dominating display of riding. Sherco's Jessica Gardiner finished second with Yamaha privateer Emelie Karlsson in third.
Glenn Kearney was solid in 6th as he continues to get used to his rear brake being controlled by hand - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
2015 AORC Round 3 Outright Results
1. Josh Green - 3:22:14.718
2. Daniel Sanders - 3:24:43.219
3. Beau Ralston - 3:25:40.915
4. Toby Price - 3:27:10.312
5. Lachlan Stanford - 3:28:36.138
6. Glenn Kearney - 3:31:19.666
7. Broc Grabham - 3:33:11.645
8. Stefan Granqvist - 3:37:28.750
9. Tom Kite - 3:37:45.456
10. Ivan Long - 3:37:56.027

For Full Round 3 Results - CLICK HERE

Top Image: Josh Green on his way to victory at Hedley

Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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