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Ruprecht, Milner, Stanford and Driscoll take the wins at AORC Round 10

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Ruprecht, Milner, Stanford and Driscoll take the wins at AORC Round 10
It was a brilliant start to Round 10 at Kyogle of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC), with a daunting challenge ahead for competitors; tensions were high to see who would end up on top.

Wil Ruprecht, Daniel Milner, Lachy Stanford and Michael Driscoll won the Enduro races for their respective classes.

E1
Bringing it home for E1 was Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Team‰Ûªs Wil Ruprecht to solidify another fine weekend for himself and his team. Ruprecht has come under pressure from Snap Fitness Yamaha Team‰Ûªs Scott Keegan in previous rounds, however Ruprecht has risen to the pressure and delivered a clean sweep at Kyogle. Ruprect managed to outpace Keegan in all of the tests towards an overall time of 53:46.953. In second position was Keegan on his Yamaha machine. After suffering a retirement on Saturday, Keegan managed to score solid points for his team. Keegan‰Ûªs total elapsed time was a 54:59.367, to finish 72 seconds behind his title rival Ruprecht. The final podium position belonged to Jack ‰Û÷simmering‰Ûª Simpson on his KTM. Simpson has finished on the podium both days to mark a successful return, after missing the last two rounds at Renmark. Simpson took 55:56:454 to complete the Enduro course, close to a minute behind behind Keegan.

Ruprecht described his love for the Enduro format; ‰ÛÏWe started off very strong on both days and came out fighting out the blocks. There were a few mistakes here and there but I was very comfortable on the bike. The Enduro format is by far my favourite, simply due to the lengthy track time.‰Û
Ruprecht, Milner, Stanford and Driscoll take the wins at AORC Round 10
Michael Driscoll at Kyogle. Credit: John Pearson Media
E3
The E3 Enduro spoils went to Lachy Stanford of the Husqvarna Enduro Team. Stanford has raced on the Kyogle tracks on plenty of occasions as a local to the area. Stanford‰Ûªs time in the first test was particularly strong and help to set him up for a commanding win. Stanford managed to snatch victory from KTM Enduro Team‰Ûªs Lyndon Snodgrass. Stanford only took 53:41.862 to complete the course. Snodgrass posted a total time of 54:49.377, the difference between the two being over a minute. Up next was Jesse Lawton, for a very popular podium position with his time of 53:41.862. Lawton battled with Tom Mason for the duration of the Enduro and managed to come out on top on this occasion.

Stanford shared his thoughts; ‰ÛÏI think the Enduro format is my strongest. The technical track with a single trial and lots of off camber sections really suits my style. You also have to avoid making mistakes and we definitely stayed tidy throughout the whole weekend. Its was great to have the edge on Lyndon today and the last rounds at Omeo will be on grass track as well so that suits me just fine!

Transmoto EJ:
The Transmoto EJ provided the closest battle for the lead within the Senior classes. Yamaha rider and former Motocross rider Michael Driscoll managed to turn the tables on Husqvarna rider Fraser Higlett for the win. Driscoll managed to complete the Enduro with a time of 55:26.110. Despite leading in the early tests, Higlett fell behind in the mid stages of the race. Higlett finished a further 19 seconds behind Driscoll with his time of 55:45.937. Nic Tomlinson finished in the final podium position, his time was a 56:18.174.

It‰Ûªs been wall-to-wall, action packed rounds for the Yamaha AORC in 2017. With so many stories and triumphs so far, its sure to be a thrilling finish for the Championship at Omeo, VIC. Can't wait to see what lies in store.

Main Photo: Daniel Milner
Credit: John Pearson Media

E1 Provisional Results
1. Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team) ‰ÛÒ 53:46.953
2. Scott Keegan (Snap Fitness Yamaha Team) ‰ÛÒ 54:59.367
3. Jack Simpson - 55:56:454
4. Brad Hardaker ‰ÛÒ 56:29.806
5. Geoff Braico ‰ÛÒ 56:55.191
6. Baylee Davies ‰ÛÒ 57:44.637
7. Andrew Janke ‰ÛÒ 59:32.656
8. Kristian Sprenger ‰ÛÒ 59:55.871
9. Mackenzie Bowser ‰ÛÒ 1:02:02.068
10. Nathan Watson ‰ÛÒ 1:02:43.495

E2 Provisional Results
1. Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Team) ‰ÛÒ 52:45.452
2. Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team) ‰ÛÒ 53:57.707
3. Riley Graham ‰ÛÒ 54:48.036
4. Stefan Granquist ‰ÛÒ 55:47.066
5. Andrew Wilksch (DSR Motul Pirelli Sherco Off-Road Team) ‰ÛÒ 56:35.178
6. Kane Hall ‰ÛÒ 57:23.167
7. Kaleb Treasure ‰ÛÒ 58:46.739
8. Matt Murry ‰ÛÒ 58:53.694
9. Brodie Crane ‰ÛÒ 1:00:10.504
10. Casey Treasure ‰ÛÒ 1:01:06.822

E3 Provisional Results
1. Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Enduro Team) ‰ÛÒ 53:41.862
2. Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM Enduro Team) ‰ÛÒ 54:49.377
3. Jesse Lawton ‰ÛÒ 57:26.909
4. Tom Mason ‰ÛÒ 57:54.100
5. Hayden Conroy ‰ÛÒ 58:50.964
6. Bill Everingham ‰ÛÒ 1:06:32.137
7. Matthew Adcock ‰ÛÒ 1:11:32.892
8. Steven Braico ‰ÛÒ 3:07:17.648
9. Sam Quin ‰ÛÒ 2:44:26.995

Transmoto EJ Provisional Results
1. Michael Driscoll ‰ÛÒ 55:26.110
2. Fraser Higlett ‰ÛÒ 55:45.937
3. Nic Tomlinson ‰ÛÒ 56:18.174
4. Dalton Johnson ‰ÛÒ 57:50.623
5. Wes Keeley ‰ÛÒ 57:51.807
6. Kade Dorrington ‰ÛÒ 58:38.480
7. Lachlan Allan ‰ÛÒ 59:10.008
8. Harry Teed ‰ÛÒ 59:14.843
9. Hayden Keely ‰ÛÒ 59:30.245
10.Neil Collard ‰ÛÒ 1:00:01.556

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