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The Usual Suspects Reign Supreme at Kingston SE Yamaha AORC Day 2

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Daniel Milner. Photo: John Pearson Media
In the battle of the sprints at Round 9 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) at Kingston SE, South Australia it would be Daniel Milner (E3), Daniel Sanders (E2), Fraser Higlett (E1) and Michael Driscoll taking the victories on Day 2.

After battling it out on the YZF450 test yesterday, the riders were shifted on to the Total Earthworx KTM test today. The conditions proved to be quite physical for the riders as the soft sand formed big ruts and the technical sectors which included logs proved to be quite a task for the riders.

E3
The E3 class was once again the Milner show, despite putting his bike down in the first test, he composed himself and got back to his usual speed, taking the win with a time of 54:29.417.

Milner was made to earn the win here today with the tough conditions; ‰ÛÏMy first run today I pushed too hard into the corner and tucked the front end and lost a bit of time there. There was a log section that had us all struggling and I was definitely struggling with it but once I sussed out a line I managed to overcome the logs. The track was awesome it was rough, technical, hard and something we haven‰Ûªt seen in AORC in a long time, credit to AORC for not taking it out and letting us battle through,‰Û
Daniel Sanders. Photo: John Pearson Media
E2
Daniel Sanders has continued his stellar season, taking his ninth win in as many starts since returning from Enduro GP. Sanders found a way to navigate around the tricky conditions that took a toll on the rider‰Ûªs fitness, but the Victorian rider stayed consistent to register a 54:58.946.

Sanders was happy to take the win but will look to improve at the final round; ‰ÛÏThe track was pretty rough today but I got off to a good start, but a few mistakes and crashes set me back from the times I was after today. All in all it was a good weekend for us and the team did really well to adapt to the conditions and help me achieve the win,‰Û
Fraser Higlett took out the E1 class. Photo: John Pearson Media
E1
After a second-place finish on the Saturday, Higlett has turned the tables to record his second race win of the season in the E1 class. Higlett has been known to enjoy the dusty and rough conditions and today was no exception as he stopped the clock at 58:30.922.

Frenchman Jeremy Carpentier grabbed his best finish down under, claiming second position to cap off a solid rounds riding with his third place on Saturday. The best result also comes on his 25th birthday, not a bad birthday present for the Yamaha rider.

Jack Simpson missed the previous round at Broken Hill, but he bounced straight back upon his return this weekend to snare the last spot on the podium. Simpson recorded a 1:01:07.670 to show he has found the speed again on return.

Luke Styke received a five minute penalty for deviating off the course, pushing him to fourth position with a time of 1:02.14.246.
bLU cRU Yamaha Off-Road Team's Michael Driscoll was on top in the EJ class. Photo: John Pearson Media
EJ
The rider who continues to dominate the EJ class is defending champion Driscoll, who battled the rough and technical test here at Kingston SE to register his ninth win of the season. The Yamaha rider stopped the clock at 57:24.799.

Driscoll took the win, but it wasn‰Ûªt the easiest weekend for his team; ‰ÛÏIt was definitely a technical track today and I was happy with how I rode and to take the class win again is great, big thanks to the team as it wasn‰Ûªt the easiest weekend for us, as I had a few spills throughout but we got it sorted and took the win,‰Û

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