Off Road

Snodgrass, Milner, Sanders and Bacon Deliver at Yamaha AORC Round Two


Victorian Daniel Sanders took the win in the E3 class at both round 1 and 2. Photo: John Pearson Media
Upon the close of Round 2 of the 2019 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC), Toowoomba‰Ûªs temperatures and dry conditions put the world class line-up to a final test.

With the sun beating down and humidity to boot, competitors tackled a new Off-Road Advantage Track that demanded strong technical skill.

Coming out on top after the three tests was Lyndon Snodgrass for E1, Daniel Milner for E2, Daniel Sanders for E3 and Kyron Bacon backed up his round 1 win in EJ.

Yamaha's Jessica Gardiner made it a double for the weekend in the Womens class, Kirk Hutton took out the Masters, Lee Stephens the Veterans, and Adam Giles the 2 Stroke Cup!

Coming out on top for Round 2 in the Junior classes where Jett Arnold for J2, Riley McGillivray for J3, and Blake Hollis also making it a double win in J4!
Lyndon Snodgrass took a narrow win over round one winner Luke Styke at round two. Photo: John Pearson Media
Arriving at the new Off-Road Advantage Track, Lyndon Snodgrass came in with a point to prove. Managing the new track‰Ûªs conditions alongside stifling heats, Snodgrass grappled with his bike to clinch a first place victory ahead of Round 1 winner, Active8 Yamaha Yamalube's Luke Styke by just over four seconds!

Closing out the podium in third place today was Styke's team-mate Michael Driscoll, who flew ahead of his trailing competitors to clinch the final podium spot for two days running!

Reflecting on today‰Ûªs success, Snodgrass explained that ‰ÛÏRound 2 featured a different track that was more technical than yesterday.

‰ÛÏComing into today I made some small changes, studied the new track extensively during yesterday‰Ûªs walk, and today ended up being a lot better!‰Û
Daniel Milner also had a double win weekend taking victory in the E2 class. Photo: John Pearson Media
Taking out a consecutive round title this weekend was Daniel Milner, who remained well ahead of the pack throughout the day. Regardless of tough conditions and yesterday‰Ûªs crash in the final laps, Milner remained steadfast to clinch both the Round 2 E2 title as well as the fastest time for the day!

Landing in second place, just over three minutes behind Milner was Active8 Yamaha Yamalube star, Josh Green. Green finished off today‰Ûªs three tests with a time of 38:33.191 ahead of Jeremy Carpentier. Carpentier closed off the podium ahead of Broc Grabham, with a time of 39:03.107.

With an undeniably successful weekend in the books, Milner highlighted that the opening rounds of the AORC season ‰ÛÏthe biggest thing I took out from this weekend was the right technical skills are required to ride my new 350.

‰ÛÏYesterday I found myself struggling in navigating the track, keeping the ball rolling and knowing what gear to ride. It doesn‰Ûªt matter how hard we test in the off season, conditions seen today really put you to the test!

‰ÛÏAll in all it was an awesome weekend for me, and I‰Ûªve picked up where I left off from last year. Everyone on the field seems to be getting faster, and it really goes to show that us Aussie riders are putting it to the world,‰Û
Kyron Bacon took teo wins for the weekend in the EJ class. Photo: John Pearson Media
Newcomer to the EJ class and training alongside teammate Matthew Phillips, Kyron Bacon has left Toowoomba today with two deserving round wins under his belt! Bacon lead the charge today to finish just shy of 50 seconds ahead of second place holder, Joshua Brierley.

‰ÛÏI had an awesome day today ending up in the top ten fastest times for one of the tests. Hopefully we can continue to back up the success this weekend in Dungog next month,‰Û
Round Two Womens podium with Jessica Gardiner (1), Emma Milesevic (2) and Ebony Nielsen (3rd). Photo: John Pearson Media
Delivering a glittering performance on today‰Ûªs WR 450F Track, Jessica Gardiner remained a dominating force in the Women‰Ûªs class, taking out a consecutive class title! Living up to her campaign in chasing the current record for the Women‰Ûªs titles, Gardiner lead the class by just over three minutes!

Landing in second behind Gardiner was Emma Milesevic with a time of 47:36.299. A maiden voyage in Enduro racing for Emma Milesevic, who currently continues to compete in Motocross, today‰Ûªs racing proved her growing comfort in the new discipline.

‰ÛÏSo far so good! I‰Ûªm still racing in Motocross as well, but I‰Ûªm loving the challenge and change in riding Enduro,‰Û
Lee Stephens took out the Veterans class. Photo: John Pearson Media
Lee Stephens continued his domination today, clinching his consecutive class title, leading the Veterans by just over 20 seconds! With a time of 43:19.237, Stephens was trailed by Matthew Keipert, who finished Round 2 with a time of 43:43.326.

Nabbing the final podium position in third, was Christopher Thomas, who finished behind Keipert by just over forty seconds!
Kirk Hutton mastered the Masters class at round two. Photo: John Pearson Media
Moving on up to the Masters class after previously competing in Veterans, Hutton came out victorious today to take out the Round 2 Masters class title! With a time of 44:12.694, Hutton lead the charge on the WR 450F Track, juggling both a highly technical test and stifling Queensland heats.

Reflecting on today‰Ûªs success, Hutton noted that ‰ÛÏtoday was a little bit harder than yesterday considering we tackled the Pro‰Ûªs track, which was tough straight from the get go. It was unfortunate that we didn‰Ûªt have any rain because the conditions made it that bit more difficult.

‰ÛÏThe competition this weekend has been great, making it an absolute pleasure to compete in a sport I love. I haven‰Ûªt seen Tim Martin since 1996, so it was fantastic to race against one another once again,‰Û
Blake Hollis dominated the J4 class once again to make it two in a row to kick off 2019. Photo: John Pearson Media
Dominating once again in J4 today was Blake Hollis, who increased his lead throughout today‰Ûªs challenging conditions to just over one minute. With a time of 40:11.651, Hollis found his feet early in the first of four tests, moving faster and faster as the day progressed.

Following Hollis in second was Mackenzie Johnson, with a time of 41:29.590. Rounding out the podium in third today was Oscar Collins, with a time of 41:58.118.

After finishing second yesterday, Riley McGillivray came into today with confidence, finishing the four tests to take out first place. With a time of 40:57.774, McGillivray remained strong and consistent all day to take the lead!

‰ÛÏMy plans this weekend were to stay smooth and consistent, whilst putting in the best laps I could manage. Coming from Victoria, I definitely struggled with the heat yesterday, so today I worked really hard on keeping cool,‰Û
Riley McGillivray took out the E3 class. Photo: John Pearson Media
Taking the class title for Round 2 today was Jett Arnold, leading the charge ahead of his rivals by just over forty seconds. Arnold took some time to find his feet during today‰Ûªs four tests, but once the confidence set in, he flew through the remainder of the day, finishing with a time of 43:59.560.

Following Arnold in second place for Round 2 was Campbell Hall, with a time of 44:40.490.

Rounding out the podium today in J2 was Max Phillips, with a time of 45:00.793 With two minutes separating the top three, the competition is expected to be fierce as our junior‰Ûªs head into Rounds 3 & 4 in Dungog, New South Wales!

Riders will return in Dungog, New South Wales from April 6-7, as they fight for podium real estate in Round 3 & 4!

AORC E1 Round 2 Provisional Results
Lyndon Snodgrass 38:03.337
Luke Styke 38:07.726
Michael Driscoll 38:48.957
Fraser Higlett 39:09.410
Jonte Reynders 40:35.042
Seton Broomhall 43:43.988
Lachlan Allan 44:30.347
Joseph Cole 46:05.772
Mackenzie Bowser 46:07.220
Jarrad Vanderhor 46:15.756

AORC E2 Round 2 Provisional Results
Daniel Milner 37:04.789
Joshua Green 38:33.191
Jeremy Carpentier 39:03.107
Broc Grabham 41:17.709
Brad Hardaker 41:57.983
Kristian Sprenger 42:34.533
Kaleb Treasure 42:56.997
Wesley Keeley 43:17.885
Brent Dean 43:30.524
Jack Judge 43:31.188

AORC E3 Round 2 Provisional Results
Daniel Sanders 37:27.786
Andrew Wilksch 40:10.830
Beau Ralston 40:31.481
Jesse Lawton 41:47.381
Matt Murry 43:37.824
Daniel Welsh 45:26.922
Daniel Middleton 45:49.855
Timothy Lonsdale 46:42.994
Jackson Caldwell 46:48.398
Luke Morrison 48:28.428

AORC EJ Round 2 Provisional Results
Kyron Bacon 40:21.778
Joshua Brierley 41:09.418
Harrison Teed 41:53.032
Korey McMahon 42:38.214
William Price 43:05.254
Cooper Sheidow 43:38.153
Riley Nancarrow 44:00.211
Nathan Howe 44:08.461
Matthew Pye 44:31.791
Matt Waters 44:32.447

AORC Women‰Ûªs Round 2 Provisional Results
Jessica Gardiner 44:21.944
Emma Milesevic 47:36.299
Ebony Nielsen 48:16.332
Danielle Foot 48:57.051
Emelie Karlsson 49:28.960
Zoe Boccari 56:57.933

AORC Veterans Round 2 Provisional Results
Lee Stephens 43:19.237
Matthew Keipert 43:43.326
Christopher Thomas 44:30.010
Benjamin D‰ÛªArcy 45:30.266
Jason Pearce 45:55.472
Daniel Sawtell 47:39.455
Paul Chadwick 47:40.939
Luke Ablitt 48:41.890
Phil Newman 51:19.834
Daniel Wall 51:54.248

AORC Masters Round 2 Provisional Results
Kirk Hutton 44:12.694
Timothy Martin 45:34.107
John Baker 47:36.194
Ian Jenner 48:11.147
Craig Treasure 48:30.065
Peter Rudd 49:47.717
Ian McGillivray 49:58.049
Kenneth Hicks 50:19.411
Andrew Dennett 50:29.575
Zac Williams 50:40.066

AORC 2 Stroke Cup Round 2 Provisional Results
Adam Giles 42:25.605
John Isherwood 46:53.488
Todd Charlick 48:56.977
Luke Francis 50:56.691

AORC J4 Round 2 Provisional Results
Blake Hollis 40:11.651
Mackenzie Johnson 41:29.590
Oscar Collins 41:58.118
Charlie Milton 42:04.277
Cody Chittick 42:08.592
Zac Perry 42:23.625
Kobe Conley 43:30.128
Jay Simister 45:34.060
Hayden Campbell 45:51.944
Clay Parsons 46:42.581

AORC J3 Round 2 Provisional Results
Riley McGillivray 40:57.774
Campbell O‰ÛªDonnell 41:25.296
William Dennett 43:17.461
Kodi Stephens 43:18.250
Jack Bithell 44:11.868
Maxwell Liebeknech 44:24.802
Kelly Woolston 46:47.542
Jethro Carriage 46:57.343
William Cooper 47:03.253
Jake Hayes 47:12.359

AORC J2 Round 2 Provisional Results
Jett Arnold 43:59.560
Campbell Hall 44:40.490
Max Phillips 45:00.793
Kyle Sandstrom 47:43.948
Luke Chellas 48:30.285
Jack Shearer 48:55.449
Thomas Vance 50:08.795
Jack Hendrickson 51:34.044
Max Mensforth 52:32.781
Jet Brien 54:46.064

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