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Matt Phillips confident of podium finish this weekend aboard his refined WR450

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Matt Phillips confident of podium finish this weekend aboard his refined WR450
Yamaha's factory supported team, Ballard's Yamaha Park and Fly Off-Road team head into the third and fourth rounds of the Australian Off Road Championship holding, two class leaders and three rider in the Outright top-five.

Tasmanian young gun, Matt Phillips, is one of those riders and is currently rounding out the top five in the outright classification and leads Championship E2 on his WR450F.

Phillips has high hopes for this weekend's sprint format races, after taking a win against strong competition at a Dandenong Club event held at the same venue on March 25th.

"A top three result's looking really promising; I think I can get top three Outright," Phillips said.

"I've been refining my set up of the new WR450F and should have it dialled for this weekend. The tracks at Wonthaggi are going to be rough and the pace is going to be fast." the 18 year old added.

"The competition is tough this year, tougher than last year for sure. Everyone is healthy and doing their thing, but I'm feeling confident." concluded the Tasmanian based born rider.
Matt Phillips confident of podium finish this weekend aboard his refined WR450
Stefan Merriman currently sits second outright as well as in the E3 class - Photo Credit: Yamaha Australia
Five-time world champion, Stefan Merriman, sits second in the E3 Championship as well as second out right aboard the big-bore WR450F.

Newcomer to the team, Victorian rider, Daniel Milner, is flying on the YZ250F; first in Championship E1 and fourth Outright.

Team manager, Geoff Ballard, said it "was a shame" that organisers were unable to run the cross-country format race that was planned for this Saturday.

"It's a bit too dry down there for a cross-country," Ballard said. "It's going to be a big weekend, but we're in a good position: winning E1 and E2 and coming second in E3."

"We're trying to get the Overall, the bikes are fantastic and now we've fine-tuned the set up, it's looking very good for this season." Ballard concluded.

Main Photo: Matt Phillips aiming to be podium bound this weekend.
Photo Credit: Yamaha Australia

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