Unfortunately, the terrain didn‰Ûªt prove so forgiving for team mates, Josh Green and Wil Ruprecht. Both experienced freak mechanical issues that saw rocks and debris caught between the chain and the engine cases causing damage to Green‰Ûªs bike while Ruprecht suffered serious rear wheel damage and both unable to get a result.
It was a bitter blow for both riders as they had shown good form in the lead up to the event and good pace in the pre-event prologue.
‰ÛÏWhat happened to Josh‰Ûªs bike was something I had not seen in a long time. It appears rocks, or some kind of debris, got caught between the chain and the front sprocket and caused damage to the engine cases. Wil had a rear wheel issue and while trying to fix the problem he received some outside assistance, which you can‰Ûªt do at an AORC event and as a result was disqualified.
‰ÛÏIt was a disappointing way to finish the weekend as all four guys were riding well and were in with a great chance of their best outright results of the year. But, that‰Ûªs the way it goes, and we will go back, do our homework and learn whatever we can from what has happened this weekend and be better at the next round,‰Û