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Kyron Bacon Heads The Winners List At 2022 Australian Off-Road Championship Round Two

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Kyron Bacon took the wins in E1 on both days as well as clocking the fastest times. Photo: Troy Pears

Round 2 of the 2022 Australian Off-Road Championship saw the seniors with two test tracks – Ballards MXstore and Beta – for another day of grueling Sprints at Cherrabah, Queensland.

After seven laps, the winners were: Kyron Bacon in E1, Joshua Green in E2, Andrew Wilksch in E3, Billy Hargy in EJ, and Jessica Gardiner once again in EW. Kyron Bacon was once again the fastest rider.

E1

Kyron Bacon cooked the competition, claiming both consecutive class wins in E1, as well as the fastest overall time of 1:17:18.648. The Yamaha Tasmanian was seemingly unfazed by Cherrabah’s challenging conditions, which started off muddy and churned into a dusty haze by lap seven.

Korey McMahon maintained his second-place spot on the leaderboard for E1, finishing today with a total time of 1:20:11.812. Claiming the final spot on the podium was Jeremy Carpentier, who clocked a time of 1:21:30.235.

Special mention to Blake Hollis who fought tooth and nail but just couldn’t break into the top three after seven laps across two tests.

“Coming into the weekend I wasn’t really sure where I’d end up, so I’m glad and shocked by the result! I really expected to go down the board not up,” explained Bacon.

“The tracks were rough and wet, which was similar to home. So I was pretty comfortable out there. I’m stoked and excited to hopefully progress the rest of the year.”

Josh Green was another double winner, taking the E2 class wins on both days. Photo: Troy Pears

E2

It’s been Josh Green’s week at Cherrabah, as he kicked off the 2022 season in style. Aboard his WRF, Green took out gold with a total time of 1:18:28.993. Fellow teammate Michael Driscoll safely retained his second-place spot on the E2 leaderboard, ahead of Husqvarna’s Todd Waters, with a total time of 1:20:19.649.

Waters finished his second day of Sprints with a 1:20:36.790, just shy of 17 seconds behind Driscoll. Just behind Waters was Fraser Higlett, who just couldn’t crack into the top three before the clock ran out.

“Brutal tracks here in Cherrabah so it was hard to stay consistent through the day,” confirmed Green.

“Yesterday I played it pretty safe and it paid off with the win. Today I had a little bit of drama so I had to play catch-up but ended up with the win again! I’m super stoked with the result this weekend and looking forward to heading to Mackay.”

Andrew Wilksch took out the E3 class. Photo Troy Pears

E3

Well, we can comfortably say that Andrew Wilksch has returned from Europe with confidence and high speeds, as he claims back-to-back class wins! The Husqvarna rider clocked a total time of 1:18:14.032, claiming gold ahead of Jonte Reynders.

With a total time of 1:19:50.082, Reynders settled for second, while Stefan Granquist took out third with a time of 1:21:36.470.

“Awesome to get the win this weekend,” confirmed Wilksch. “The tracks were definitely challenging and a little bit more technical than I’ve experienced in the past in AORC. My experience in Europe definitely paid off coming into this weekend.

“I just worked to keep it smooth and consistent and it paid off! Good weekend overall and I’m still earning little bits and pieces with the new bike. Looking forward to getting to work before the next round.”

Billy Hargy took the EJ wins in both opening rounds. Photo: Troy Pears

EJ

Every year, this absolute speed demon proves his complete comfort battling it out with the top dogs. Billy Hargy rode right into first place today with a total time of 1:23:33.689, enjoying a well-deserved consecutive EJ class win.

No less a demon behind the handlebars, Riley McGillivray was roughly 45 seconds behind Hargy, settling into second place with a total time of 1:24:17.177. Last place was awarded to William Dennett, who clocked 1:32:31.659 after seven laps.

EW (Women’s)

12 months off? You couldn’t tell, as Jessica Gardiner asserted dominance in EW all weekend. With a total time of 1:38:29.934, Gardiner was well ahead of her competition, by nearly six minutes!

The podium was filled out by KTMs, with Ebony Nielson clinching second place with a total time of 1:44:43.125. Emelie Karlsson claimed third, with a total time of 1:51:40.644.

“It was a really good weekend for me,” gushed Gardiner.

“I won both days in EW, which I didn’t really expect. It was hard to know what to expect after nearly 12 months off but it feels really good to still be on top and chase my seventh title this year!

“The track conditions were really physical. When we got down to the last two laps, I was definitely focussing on just making it through. Overall it paid off and I’m really happy with the result!”

Jessica Gardiner was a big winner on both days in the women’s class. Photo: Troy Pears

Results: Round 2

2022 AORC E1 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Kyron Bacon (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 1:17:18.648
2 Korey McMahon (Gas Gas Offroad Racing Team) 1:20:11.812
3 Jeremy Carpentier (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road team) 1:21:30.235
4 Blake Hollis (Shop Yamaha Offroad racing Team) 1:22:11.098
5 William Price (Empire Kawasaki) 1:24:05.489

2022 AORC E2 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Joshua Green (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 1:18:28.993
2 Michael Driscoll (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 1:20:19.649
3 Todd Waters (Husqvarna Offroad Racing Team) 1:20:36.790
4 Fraser Higlett (Beta) 1:21:34.144
5 Callum Norton (Motul Pirello Sherco Racing Team) 1:24:07.896

2022 AORC E3 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Andrew Wilksch (Simford Racing, Husqvarna) 1:18:14.032
2 Jonte Reynders (Motul Pirelli Sherco Team) 1:19:50.082
3 Stefan Granquist (KTM Offroad Racing Team) 1:21:36.470
4 Broc Grabham 1:24:52.825
5 Hayden Keeley 1:25:45.325

2022 AORC EJ Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Billy Hargy (Husqvarna Offroad Racing Team) 1:23:33.689
2 Riley McGillivray (Shepparton Motorcycles, KTM) 1:24:17.177
3 William Dennett 1:32:31.659
4 Campbell Hall (Halls Transport Repairs) 1:34:11.599
5 Kobi Wolff 1:35:00.565

2022 AORC EW Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road team) 1:38:29.934
2 Ebony Nielsen 1:44:43.125
3 Emelie Karlsson (KTM Offroad Racing Team) 1:51:40.644
4 Julie Denyer 2:01:36.262
5 Charlotte Gamble 2:06:16.091

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