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.