Off Road

Top Aussie Women’s riders ready to fire at AORC

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Australia's podium finishing Women's Cup International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) team stars return to action this weekend for round five and six of the 2011 Yamaha Australian Off Road Championship (AORC) in Callington, SA.

Jemma Wilson and Jess Gardiner, who have recently returned to Aussie soil after claiming bronze with the Australian Women's team at the ISDE in Finland, will be looking to knock Swedish rider Emelie Karlsson from the lead.

Brisbane based rider Wilson, who took out third place in 2010 and claimed the Championship outright in 2009, will enter the event just three points behind leader Karlsson.

Reigning Champ Jess Gardiner from Sydney will enter the weekend in third and will be looking to put in a strong performance in these halfway rounds to set herself up to retain the crown.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back to the AORC," Gardiner said.

"I've recently got back from the ISDE in Finland, which was a really good experience. The racing was a lot tougher than in Australia and not as many people make it to the finish line there.

"The break between Nationals has been really good and has given everyone a bit more time to train, so I don't really know what to expect from these rounds. It should be a really exciting weekend in Callington."

Cairns rider Tanya Hearn, a podium finisher in 2010, will start the event in fourth position, and will be in strong contention as she looks to close the five point gap that currently separates her from the leading trio.

A host of talented female riders will join Karlsson, Wilson and Gardiner in rounding out a strong Women's Class, including Lana Stiller, Kaitlynn Sprenger, Amber Lock and Jackie Healy.

This weekend will mark the halfway point in the Series, with rounds seven and eight to be held in Mt Seaview, NSW on 10 and 11 September and the penultimate rounds slated for Sailsbury, NSW on 2 and 3 October.

For more information regarding the 2011 AORC visit the official Series website at: www.ma.org.au/aorc, and checkout the fan page on Facebook!

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