All the attention usually goes to the riders at the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) but with Hedley just four days away, AORC had a chat with the unsung heroes who spin the tools and keep the rider‰Ûªs bikes ticking over.
AORC sat down with Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team‰Ûªs Lewie Landrigan before the first cross-country of the 2018 season at Hedley, Victoria on May 5-6. Landrigan took AORC through what he faces in the lead up to a round, what his role is and what happens after the round from a mechanic‰Ûªs perspective.
What goes into prepping the bikes for an AORC round?
From round to round for us here at Husqvarna, we basically start with cleaning and stripping the bikes, whilst inspecting wiring wounds. We give the bikes a thorough clean and whilst we are cleaning we also get the best chance to inspect the bike, and get a feel for the wear of parts, to make sure they haven‰Ûªt worn prematurely. The bike also goes through a regular service which includes brakes, clutches, wheel bearings and we make sure there are no leaks in the suspension.
What goes on during an AORC event, take us back to round 1 & 2 which was a sprint format?
At Gympie both days were sprints, the guys will go out and compete in the sprints and whilst they are out there we try to keep a time for them, so we can give them an idea of how they went as soon as they finish. Once the guys are back in the pits, the biggest part for us is to speak with the riders as soon as they get the helmet off, whilst the information is fresh in their head. If we wait 20 minutes the guys can forget the information and then we can‰Ûªt make any adjustments to help the issue.
Our Husqvarna riders are pretty good with passing on feedback, but Daniel Sanders has been a great addition to the team as he is quite particular with his set up and bounces his ideas of the other guys (Lachlan Stanford and Fraser Higlett) and we get the best set up for the different conditions. Once we make the adjustments, we then have a look at fuel levels, a quick look over the bike to check for damage, oil leaks and then quick look over the tyres.