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Motorex KTM Off-Road Team set for Coonawarra

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The Motorex KTM Off Road Racing Team begins the second half of its Australian Off-Road Championship adventure as rounds seven and eight of the series take place this weekend in South Australia‰Ûªs Coonawarra region, 380 km south-east of Adelaide

A brand new venue combined with the only back-to-back Sprint racing format of the season will provide interesting new challenges and opportunities for the cream of Australia‰Ûªs off road racing talent.

Despite withdrawing from a round at the last AORC event with a pinched nerve in his spine, Motorex KTM‰Ûªs Round One winner Chris Hollis sits just ten points from the championship lead, and hopes to reclaim the ascendency with a strong weekend aboard the 450EXC.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm feeling good, I‰Ûªve just done some suspension testing with Danny Apro and the bike is really good, I‰Ûªm just chasing that elusive 100% like always and after yesterday I‰Ûªm a bit more comfortable and everyone‰Ûªs happy." Hollis stated.

"The conditions we‰Ûªre heading into I don‰Ûªt have around where I live but I‰Ûªve been around long enough to be able to adapt to everything," he added.

"Two days of sprint format is a lot better for me because that‰Ûªs what we used to do when I first started, and by Sunday the track won‰Ûªt be beat up to crap from 200 riders doing 3 hours on it the day before and we won‰Ûªt have the same fatigue factor to push through.

"With the shorter races we can just focus on going fast and getting to know the track. It‰Ûªll bring out the intensity in everyone, and come down to who‰Ûªs got the raw speed. I hope I can come out on top.‰Û
Ben Burrell has been training hard in the lead up to the second half of the 2013 AORC - Credit: JP
The teams E1 racer Ben Burrell is looking to returning to action this weekend S.A

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a while since we raced an off-road round so it will be good to get back into it again." Burrell commented. "I‰Ûªve been training hard to work toward the form that I want.

"I‰Ûªve got a few good practice tracks and been doing a lot with the stopwatch to pick up the intensity, but also putting in some two-hour motos to work towards conditioning and concentration in preparation for Hattah, which is coming up.

"The bike‰Ûªs running sweet; I‰Ûªve done nothing but made a few clicks here and there but nothing more. I love racing in pine forests and I‰Ûªm looking forward to it. My goal is just to improve my championship position.‰Û

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