As the Women‰Ûªs, Vets and Masters competed from the WR450F test gate, it would be Jemma Wilson, Ben Grabham and John Baker to come out on top for their respective classes in the season opener for the 2018 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC).
The sprint format consisted of eight laps to determine the winners at Gympie, QLD.
In the Junior classes Korey McMahon has come from behind to take out the J4 class while Will Riordan took out the J3 class comfortably after a great days riding, and his brother Angus Riordan continued the winning ways in the J2 class.
Taking a phenomenal win for the Women‰Ûªs Class was Jemma Wilson on her Yamaha. Wilson recorded a time of 1:02:57.912 and will be gunning for three Women‰Ûªs titles in a row. The returning Jessica Gardiner of the Yamaha MX Store Ballard's Off-Road Team rose to the occasion today. Gardiner posted an accumulated time of 1:04:36.432, a positive return after competing in France in 2017. Emelie Karlsson rode very well on her Yamaha to finish in third with a time of 1:04:47.957. The battle will likely go down to the wire between these three women at the end of the year.