AORC

Toby Price Takes Outright Honours At Opening AORC Round Of 2015

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KTM Off-Road Racing rider and four-time championship winner Toby Price has claimed outright honours in the opening round of the 2015 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship at Kilkivan in Queensland on Saturday.

A muggy and dusty day greeted competitors for the first round of the series, but with the prospect of overnight rain, all indications suggest that conditions for Round 2 on Sunday will be a lot more favourable for riders.

Price dominated his E3 class in the sprint format with a total time of 41:15.259, ahead of E2 class winner and Active8 Yamaha‰Ûªs Beau Ralston in second place overall (41:29.779).

Young Queenslander Lachlan Stanford (41:36.588) rounded out the top three aboard his Husqvarna Off-Road team entry, while Active8 Yamaha‰Ûªs E1 class winner Josh Green (41:51.338) and CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Chris Hollis (41:55.079) also featured in the top five.

Still recovering from an AC joint injury suffered in February racing in the Australian Enduro-X Nationals, Hollis burst out of the blocks to take out the first heat, but a mishap in the second heat eradicated his marginal early lead; allowing Motorex KTM Off-Road Racing youngster Daniel ‰Û÷Chucky‰Ûª Sanders to claim heat two.

Hollis recovered to win heat three and the impressive Ralston topped the field in heat five, but it was the ultra-consistent Price with wins in the fourth and sixth heats that saw him get his AORC season off to the best possible start.

In the Transmoto 19 and Under class, winner Peter Daniel Allen blitzed the field to finish in 17th overall for the round; a massive 17 seconds ahead of fellow podium-goers in the class Tom Mason (Bolton‰Ûªs KTM) and Wil Ruprecht (MX1 Suzuki).

In the Women‰Ûªs class, Tayla Jones continued on with her fantastic form from the last 12 months with a win aboard her Yamaha Racing entry, ahead of Jess Gardiner (ShercoAus Ballards Motorex Off-Road) and local Gympie girl Jemma Wilson (Yamaha Racing).

In the remaining classes, Trent Lean claimed victory in the Masters, Kirk Hutton won the Veterans (by almost four minutes), Fraser Higlett topped the J4 class, Jessie Bishop claimed the J3 and Mitchell Brierley took out the J2.

The second round of the 2015 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship will again take place in Kilkivan on Sunday.

Outright Top 10
1. Toby Price (KTM Off Road Racing)
2. Beau Ralston (Active8 Yamaha)
3. Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Off-Road Team)
4. Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha)
5. Chris Hollis (CDR Yamaha)
6. Daniel Sanders (KTM Off Road Racing)
7. Tye Simmonds (KTM Off Road Racing)
8. Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna Off-Road Team)
9. Stefan Granqvist (Yamaha Privateer)
10. Scott Keegan (Husqvarna Privateer)

For full outright and class results from round one can be found by CLICKING HERE

Top Image: Toby Price took out Round 1 of the 2015 Yamaha AORC in Kilkivan today.

Credit: On The Pipe Images

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