In Queensland fashion, Round 1 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) was a steamy affair with temperatures reaching into the mid-thirties and humidity adding that sweaty cherry on top at Toowoomba.
Dry, dusty conditions combined with a new highly technical WR 450 Track pushed the world-class line-up from start to finish as they fought for podium real estate, with Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Racing Team) quickest on track.
With the completion of Round 1 and the first day of Sprints, the day was won by Luke Styke (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube) for E1, Daniel Milner for E2, Daniel Sanders for E3 and newcomer to the Senior category Kyron Bacon for EJ.
Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha MX Store Ballards Off-Road Team) took home opening round honors in the Women‰Ûªs class, Kirk Hutton took out the Masters, Lee Stephens the Veterans and Adam Giles for the 2 Stroke Cup.
Billy Hargy took out the best time for J2, Campbell O‰ÛªDonnell for J3 and Blake Hollis for J4.
Reigning E1 Champion, Luke Styke, maintained his place at the top of his class, achieving the fastest test times in E1 today. Styke finished ahead of Lyndon Snodgrass and Active8 Yamaha Yamalube's Michael Driscoll to take out the gold, with a time of 1:00:11.804.
‰ÛÏIn today‰Ûªs opening round of racing, it wasn‰Ûªt the heat that made competing difficult. Instead, it was the dust which continued to move with each passing rider, making it increasingly difficult to remain fast and mistake free,‰Û