Off Road

Local gun looks to oust long-standing national champ

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Port Macquarie motorcycle ace Chris Hollis will be one of the hundreds of enduro racers who will flock to the area for the opening rounds of the Yamaha Australian Off Road Championships (AORC) on March 15 and 16. The odds could be tipped in the local boy‰Ûªs favour, with three-time winner of the series, Queenslander Anthony ‰Û÷AJ‰Ûª Roberts unsure if he will be able to contest the first two rounds due to an injury sustained during training earlier this month. Hollis is currently in Thailand for a six-hour team event and has represented Australia at several international races, including one in Chile last year. The charismatic 23-year-old proved he was a serious contender for the AORC crown last year, beating all but one of the nation‰Ûªs fastest riders to finish second outright in the championship. Hollis‰Ûªs stand-out performances have also helped land him a ride on one of Australia‰Ûªs premier racing squads, Ballard‰Ûªs Yamaha Off Road Team. Team manager Geoff Ballard said Hollis would certainly be looking for the win this year. After several exceptional finishes last season - including a highly commended third outright placing at the Australian Four Day Enduro which was won by the world champion who was flown in from overseas - few would likely argue his chances aren‰Ûªt looking good. ‰ÛÏHe has been training really hard... he‰Ûªs in Thailand at the moment doing a race, he has teamed up with a local rider over there,‰Û

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