Off Road

Strong Showing for Yamaha Racing at SA AORC

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Michael Driscoll continues to dominate proceedings in the EJ class. Photo: John Pearson Media
Perfect conditions greeted the riders for rounds eight and nine of the Australian Off Road Championship, held at Kingston in South Australia, with the Yamaha riders again prominent in the results.

The Yamalube Yamaha Active8 Team was bursting at the seams with a full rider line up and all in contention for class podiums as the championship enters the business end of the season.

Michael Driscoll continues to dominate proceedings in the EJ (Under19) division as he controlled both rounds with ease. But perhaps the most pleasing factor in Driscoll‰Ûªs development is his climb up the Outright charts.

Driscoll won both days in his division and found himself in the top seven outright and ahead of many of the E1 (250cc) riders. His times in the special tests throughout the weekend were impressive as he knocks on the door of outright podium contention. He now carries a 35point lead into the final two rounds and is on track to retain his number 1 plate in the EJ class after his championship success in 2017.

‰ÛÏWeekend was good for me and I love riding in those conditions,‰Û
Josh Green claimed fourth in the E2 (450cc) class on Saturday. Photo: John Pearson Media
It was a mixed weekend for Josh Green who was flat on Saturday after a fall early in the day but rebounded well to finish strongly on Sunday. Green claimed fourth in the E2 (450cc) class on Saturday and an uncharacteristic sixth outright after he fell heavily during one of the specials tests but he soldiered on for the rest of the day.

But after a good nights‰Ûª rest, Green was back up and firing on all cylinders on Sunday to bounce back to take second in class and third outright and leave Kingston with some confidence in his riding.

‰ÛÏI was struggling a bit on Saturday and wasn‰Ûªt really feeling it but then I crashed pretty good and I definitely wasn‰Ûªt feeling it after that,‰Û
Wil Ruprecht impressed on Saturday as he charged to a second in the E2 class and an outstanding third Outright, his best result this year. Photo: John Pearson Media
Wil Ruprecht has had a shocking run of injures during the 2018 season but for the first time this year, the New South Welshmen was able to get some consistency in his training and preparation leading up to the Kingston round and that showed in his results.

Ruprecht impressed on Saturday as he charged to a second in the E2 class and an outstanding third Outright, his best result this year.

On Sunday, he couldn‰Ûªt quite match those results but still ended up a very respectable fourth in class and sixth outright in a confidence boosting weekend.

‰ÛÏIt was nice to finally get some results that I can be happy with and proud of. ‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been such a frustrating year dealing with my injuries and not being able to ride and train at 100% but it was good to just get a good base of training in and then race well on the weekend.

‰ÛÏHopefully, it‰Ûªs the start of things to come and I can race at 100% from now one,‰Û
Luke Styke had a win on Saturday but was penalised 5 minutes for an on-course incident on Sunday, The matter is currently before the jury. Photo: John Pearson Media
Luke Styke continues to lead the E1 (250cc) class despite some issues over the weekend. Styke won the division on Saturday but was then the subject of some controversy on Sunday when he was penalised 5 minutes for an on-course incident. The matter is currently before the jury and will take some time before an official announcement is made.

The final rounds of the AORC take place at Omeu in Victoria on October 6-7.
Beau Ralston

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