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Wonthaggi ready to go!!!

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This weekend will see Australia's top Off Road riders converge on the seas side hamlet Wonthaggi Victoria for Rd 9 & Rd 10 of 2007 Yamaha Australian Off Road Championship. The men and their heavy machinery have been busy building the "Ballards Extreme Section" in one of the 2 special test tracks at Wonthaggi for this weekend. This section is a combination of truck tyres, tree trunks, containers, logs, pipes and water crossings for the riders to battle their way through. The section will be used by all riders and to cater for all different abilities there will be 2 ways around it - The "Ballards Extreme Way" or the "Chicken Run Way". Another attraction for this weekend will be seeing not only all the best offroad riders in Australia racing against each other, but this round has also attracted some Motocross Riders to tackle the elements of the Off Road scene. The Manufacture Teams will be attending with the biggest Off Road Team - Ballards Yamaha Off Road Team, Motorex Shift KTM Off Road Team, Team Husqvarna Racing, GHR Honda, Christensen's Motorcycles Team from Victoria and QLD Team Moto Racing. Apart from the Australia's best riders, there is strong support from Expert, Clubman and the upcoming Junior Riders following the Championship around Australia for the 12 Round Series. Championship Outright - After 8 rounds leading the Outright Position is the defending Champ riding for GHR Honda A.J. Roberts, he has a 30 point lead from Brad Williscroft riding for Motorex Shift KTM Off Road Team, but Brad is out of action for the remaining of the year with injury to his knee. The Ballard's Yamaha Off Road Team riders Jarrod Bewley and Chris Hollis are holding down 3rd & 4th positions. They will be battling it out to move into 2nd & 3rd place in Outright Class and narrowing AJ's lead with only 4 rounds remaining. Championship Enduro 1 Class - Ballard's Yamaha Off Road Team rider Chris Hollis is leading the class on 189 points from Ben Kearney riding for Motorex Shift KTM Off Road Team on 173 points and close behind is GHR Honda rider Ben Grabham on 170 points. Chris has a comfortable lead in the class, but Ben will be out to catch him and take the lead. Championship Enduro 2 Class - A.J. Roberts riding for GHR Honda is leading the class with 197 points from Brad Williscroft on 177 points and Christensen's Motorcycle rider Blake Hore on 150 points. Shannon Lewry riding Ballard's Yamaha Off Road Team is on 146 points. Championship Enduro 3 Class - Ballards Yamaha Off Road Team rider Jarrod Bewley is having a great championship with 8 wins and total of 200 points, while Victorian rider Jehi Willis is holding down 2nd place on 168 points and close by in 3rd place is QLD Team Moto Team rider Kirk Hutton on 166 points. Jehi will be out to take the win over weekend in his home state. Championship Veterans Class - Stuart Bennett riding for Team Husqvarna Racing is leading the class on 194 points from Jason Cater riding for Ballards Yamaha Off Road Team on 138 points, but with Jason out with injury for the year and Garry Dukes sitting in 3rd place on 130 points, Garry should take 2nd place after the weekend and will be trying to catch Stuart for the lead. Championship Masters Class - Team Owner of Ballard's Yamaha Off Road Team Geoff Ballard is showing everyone he still has the speed with 8 wins out of 8 starts, he is leading the Championship on 200 points from Steven Clarke on 168 points and Alan Johnston on 126 points and holding 4th place is Iain Edgar. Championship Women's Class - Alison Parker riding for Ballard's Yamaha Off Road Team is again showing her winning skills by so far taking out all of the first 8 rounds and comfortably leading on 200 points from Rosie Lalonde on 158 points and Rosie's sister Leigh Lalonde is holding down 3rd place from Kayla Bussa sitting in 4th place. A new rider to the Women's Class for Wonthaggi is Motorex KTM rider Kristy Gillespie, competing in her first Off Road Championship switching from Motocross for the weekend. The championship features classes for Pro, Expert, Clubman, Women's and Junior Riders. Tests will be exciting and challenging, but will be achievable for all riders and their abilities. The event will be fun for all involved, there will be great viewing for spectators & there is catering at the event. Spectators are welcome - Adult -$5.00 / Child - free each day. So come and see the thrills and spills. Racing is on Saturday & Sunday from 9.00am at the Wonthaggi Motocross Complex, only 3 minutes from town. If you have any enquires log on to: www.dirtbikepromotions or phone Dirt Bike Promotions on 0438 721024 or 0408 629730 Main Photo: Part of the Ballards Extreme Way Special Test

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