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Milner and KTM Reflect On Another Successful Weekend Of AORC Racing

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KTM Enduro Racing Team rider Daniel Milner and his KTM450 EXC-F are rapidly becoming established as the benchmark in the Australian Off-Road Championship after the Victorian held a masterclass at the championship‰Ûªs third and fourth round at Miva in Queensland.

In the face of hot competition, Milner stretched when he needed to and conserved when he didn‰Ûªt, to craft another brilliant back-to-back victory in perfect conditions.

On Saturday, he fended off the challenge of Josh Green and KTM‰Ûªs Jack Simpson, who kept his little KTM 250 XC-F singing all day long to earn the fifth AORC podium of his young career, while Sunday‰Ûªs victory came ahead of Green and Lachlan Stanford.

The performance extends Milner‰Ûªs lead in both the Outright and E2 categories.

‰ÛÏThe first day was really good; it was nice and relaxing and easy, just making sure I could get every line right." Milner commented. "And then today was a bit more motocross-friendly so the moto guys came out swinging.

"It‰Ûªs the first time this year I‰Ûªve been beaten in a test. Simmo and Greeny were on my hammer all day but I pushed as hard as I could and came away with the win.

"I‰Ûªm really hungry this year and really enjoying working with a new team. I put in a massive off season on and off the bike and I‰Ûªm very excited with the start we‰Ûªve got. With the bike we had everything today; we had rooty, rocky, sandy, plenty of rocks and the rest of it. It was really technical and for my setup to swallow all of those conditions with ease, I‰Ûªve definitely got it to where I like it in a very short time.‰Û
Milner‰Ûªs team mate, teenager Lyndon Snodgrass finished the weekend with 6, 4 outright scores, and took part in a mighty tussle with seasoned campaigner Lachlan Stanford for E3 class supremacy, putting the KTM 300 EXC into second place on both days.

‰ÛÏThe tracks were awesome today so it was good to be tearing it up out there. With sixth yesterday and fourth today, it‰Ûªs been the best Queensland round I‰Ûªve ever had. Me and Lachy had another big battle again but he ended up getting me in the end. It was a little bit hard at the beginning of the day picking lines on the two stroke, but once I got it sorted I was really enjoying it. In the deep ruts and in and out of the trees, it was pretty awesome.‰Û
In the E1 category, 21-year-old defending Champion and Peter Stevens Motorcycles rider Jack Simpson looked set for a repeat performance today, but in his efforts to eclipse Milner, cut the course and was penalised five minutes for the infraction, which dropped him to third in class and 15th outright.

‰ÛÏYesterday started off well, the track was not wet and sloppy for once, and I liked the layout so I just went out on my merry way and didn‰Ûªt change a thing all day." SImpson refelceted. "It started well and ended well with my fifth outright podium.

"Today I had my head down and arse up and in the very last sprint and there was a right hander where the bunting was down and there were six or seven lines that went through it. In an instant I thought, if it‰Ûªs down, go through it, because everyone else will be - like in the past when I‰Ûªve had people randomly beat me by 18 seconds. But I did the wrong thing and I admit that.

"I‰Ûªm not brought up to be a cheater or anything like that, I‰Ûªd rather stick to my own track. But I‰Ûªll cop this on the chin and learn from it.‰Û

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