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Luke Styke Aiming For Back-To-Back E1 Titles In 2019 AORC

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Luke Styke. Photo: John Pearson
With just over two weeks remaining until the 2019 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) kicks off for Rounds 1 & 2 in Toowoomba, Queensland, 2018 E1 Champion Luke Styke (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube) is chomping at the bit for racing to commence.

2018 treated Styke to a showstopping AORC season, jumping across from Motocross to Enduro.

Taking a moment to pause and reflect on the 2018 season and his plans for 2019, Styke chatted with Motorcycling Australia on his three goals for the new season, his new Yamaha YZ and his new life as a father!

With 2018 being your first year at AORC and then taking out the E1 championship, how are you finding the Enduro discipline after moving across from MX?

The transition has been really smooth and taking out the E1 Championship title last year was the icing on the cake. I found last year that I relied heavily on my MX skills to get through each weekend however I found myself gradually adapting to the changing riding styles and track conditions.

What did you get up to in your off season?

The off season has seen me become a new dad, whilst also working on my new Yamaha YZ. There‰Ûªs no juggling of caring for my son and working on my AORC training, so the off season has been fantastic in both being a dad and working on the new bike.
Luke Styke. Photo: John Pearson
Coming from an MX background, are you still finding time to continue riding recreationally or competitively in MX?

I‰Ûªve really upped the ante in the off season by riding almost completely in Off-Road and Enduro.

Most of my old training mates and friends continue to ride MX so I still get out and ride with them, but right now I am focussing heavily on developing my Off-Road skills and getting the most I can out of the 2019 season.

What are your plans for the 2019 season? Are you aiming to make it back to back titles in the E1 class?

My of my main goals for 2019 is achieving back-to-back titles in the E1 class. I‰Ûªm also working on landing consistently throughout the season in the top three fastest times, which I couldn‰Ûªt do last year due primarily to my inexperience. I‰Ûªve been working hard in the off season to develop my riding and fitness, so I‰Ûªm confident that I can achieve that goal!

My third goal for the season is to be picked for Team Australia‰Ûªs ISDE World Trophy Team!

Who do you think will be your biggest competition in 2019?

I think everyone will bring something new to the table in 2019, so anyone I competed against in the E1 class for 2018 will definitely continue to be my biggest competition. Coming into 2019 with one year under my belt, I feel pretty confident about maintaining the title!

I‰Ûªm super excited to get the racing underway and start getting some results rolling in!

Round one of the 2019 AORC Championship kicks off at Toowoomba, QLD, on March 9th.

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