The 2018 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) is just around the corner and Motorcycling Australia (MA) caught up with Motocross convert turned 2017 EJ Champion, Michael Driscoll, to discuss his off-season and what AORC fans can expect from the defending EJ champion.
Q. Michael what a smooth transition it was for you into AORC from your motocross background, how did you find your first season?
Yeah look my first season was a big learning curve, I learnt a lot in my first year of AORC. The learning started at the state titles then onto the Australian titles and also the International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) and these experiences helped me grow as a person and as a rider. I believe my first year of AORC has made me a stronger person, and better mentally as a rider and I can‰Ûªt wait for the 2018 season.
Q. How has the off-season been for you? What have you been up too? What has the training workload been like?
In the off-season I‰Ûªve been constantly working my butt off, working my day-to-day job and then heading to the gym after work and using my weekends to get on the bike. I have been busting my gut to make sure I am ready to apply myself and get the most out of the bike for the coming season. I am quite lucky that my boss is in the off-road game, so he allows me to work three days a week and this is giving me the best chance to prepare this off-season a be ready for Gympie on March 10-11.