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Wrap Up Of 2024 Australian Off-Road Championship Round Four

Author: Caitlin Hynes

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Photo of Korey McMahon at the 2024 Australian Off-Road Championship at Mount Misery, Victoria.
Korey McMahon. Photo: Troy Pears

Round 4 of the 2024 Australian Off-Road Championship saw riders once again tackle the WR450F test track but that didn’t make today’s Sprints any easier.

Mount Misery in Waubra, Vic offered dry conditions, mixed in with super technical tracks that weren’t gentle on body or mind, putting Australia’s best off-road racers to the test. After five Sprints, the outright victories were clinched by Korey McMahon in E1, Daniel Milner in E2, Riley McGillivray in E3, Danielle McDonald in EW and Jett Yarnold in EJ.

E1
There has been unexpected turbulence in E1 as the current leaderboard holder, Kyron Bacon dropped heavily down the pecking order due to bike troubles. Stepping up onto the top step was McMahon!

After a challenging day across the WR450F track, McMahon managed to fend off the likes of Tom Buxton and Will Price for the glory. McMahon clocked off today with a total time of 1:07:43.563.

“The conditions this weekend have been super tough,” explained McMahon.

“We’ve been doing 13-minute pretty much extreme tests with a little bit of grass tracks. It’s not easy but it’s definitely separated the men from the boys. People like Milner, Bacon and Reynders definitely showed us how to ride this stuff this weekend.

“I got pretty banged up yesterday and came into Round 4 sore. It took me a bit of time to find my feet but we worked some things out and took our time. Consistency definitely pays off!

“Kyron had some dramas today and that’s just Enduro racing. I don’t like to win like this but I’ll take any win I can get.”

Buxton rode into second place today, behind McMahon just shy of 20 seconds. He finished Round 4 with a total time of 1:08:02.365.

Rounding out the E1 podium for Round 4 was Price, with a total time of 1:10:17.604.

Photo of Daniel Milner at the 2024 Australian Off-Road Championship at Mount Misery, Victoria.
Daniel Milner. Photo: Troy Pears

E2
It was an undisputed, clean sweep for Daniel Milner at Mount Misery! From start to finish, the Victorian racer was utterly unstoppable as he went hell for leather for the top step in E2 as well as the fastest overall time. After five sprints, Milner truly set the pace with a total time of 1:03:52.269.

Behind Milner in second place was Jonte Reynders, who bounced back after a lacklustre start to the weekend yesterday. The Motul Pirelli Sherco rider comfortably claimed silver thanks to a total time of 1:05:10.309.

Last but certainly not least was Yamaha’s Will Dennett, in third place. With a total time of 1:06:45.944, Dennett couldn’t quite crack silver but had no trouble defending his position the rest of the field.

Photo of Riley McGillivray at the 2024 Australian Off-Road Championship at Mount Misery, Victoria.
Riley McGillivray. Photo: Troy Pears

E3
In E3 it was another orange-coloured weekend of glory as McGillivray claimed another consecutive class win! The Victorian local was once again comfortable on the WR450F track, regardless of the many twists and turns. After five Sprints, McGillivray claimed the top step with a total time of 1:07:58.699.

Stefan Granquist jumped up the leaderboard today to claim second place, thanks to a total time of 1:08:33.229. Granquist tangoed all day with Jye Dickson, managing to successfully fend off the speedster by a difference of just over 16 seconds.

Dickson settled for third, clocking off with a total time of 1:08:49.304.

Photo of Danielle McDonald at the 2024 Australian Off-Road Championship at Mount Misery, Victoria.
Danielle McDonald. Photo: Troy Pears

EW
It was Danielle McDonald’s day to shine in the EW class! After battling it out with teammate, Jess Gardiner all weekend long, McDonald managed to produce super-fast Sprints all day to claim first place. After five Sprints across the Offroad Advantage track, McDonald finished with a total time of 51:31.583.

“My day was good,” gushed McDonald.

“I managed to claim the win with a solid lead, whilst enjoying some great battles with Jess today and yesterday.

“The track conditions here in Victoria were tough with plenty of bulldust and rocky hail but I enjoyed the fast, grassy tracks.”

Gardiner conceded for second place, clocking off with a total time of 52:40.136. The Yamaha racer was in fine form all day however she couldn’t quite beat the demon behind the handlebars that was McDonald.

Third place was claimed once again by Emelie Karlsson who comfortably protected her spot on the podium from the likes the Ebony Nielsen and Courtney Rubie, finishing five Sprints with a total time of 55:18.428.

Photo of Jett Yarnold at the 2024 Australian Off-Road Championship at Mount Misery, Victoria.
Jett Yarnold. Photo: Troy Pears

EJ
There was even more action to witness over in EJ, as the field screamed across the WR450F test track. After five Sprints, Jett Yarnold reclaimed his position at the top of the leader board thanks to a total time of 1:10:41.221. Clearly yesterday’s lesson was learnt as he climbed back up from third to first, beating yesterday’s victor, Kogan Lock.

Looking back on Round 4, Yarnold confirmed that “My day was good. We regrouped from yesterday and ended having a great day!

“The track was rough, rocky with some great loamy, grass tracks out back. The competition was tight the weekend between me, Kogan and Eli, it definitely made for some great racing.

“Now I’ll work on regrouping, getting stronger and preparing for Edenhope next month.”

Lock dropped to second place, with a total time of 1:12:54.931. While he couldn’t quite beat Yarnold, the Hard Enduro rider was able to protect silver from Eli Tripcony.

Tripcony settled for third place today, thanks to a total time of 1:13:12.315.

The championship continues West to Edenhope, Victoria for Rounds 5 & 6 from 18-19 May.

FULL Results can be found here

2024 AORC Round 4 E1 Top 3 Provisional Results:
1 Korey McMahon (GASGAS Australia, Motorex) 1:07:43.563
2 Tom Buxton (KTM Australia, DM31 Racing Team) 1:08:02.365
3 Will Price (Empire Motorsports Kawasaki Off Road Racing Team) 1:10:17.604

2024 AORC Round 4 E2 Top 3 Provisional Results:
1 Daniel Milner (KTM Australia, DM31 Racing Team) 1:03:52.269
2 Jonte Reynders (Motul Pirelli Sherco) 1:05:10.309
3 Will Dennett (Shop Yamaha, Threesix Motorsports) 1:06:45.944

2024 AORC Round 4 E3 Top 3 Provisional Results:
1 Riley McGillivray (Shepparton Motorcycles, KTM) 1:07:58.699
2 Stefan Granquist (Husqvarna) 1:08:33.229
3 Jye Dickson (Beta Racing Australia) 1:08:49.304

2024 AORC Round 4 EW Top 3 Provisional Results:
1 Danielle McDonald (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 51:31.583
2 Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 52:40.136
3 Emelie Karlsson (Cassons, Husqvarna) 55:18.428

2024 AORC Round 4 EJ Top 3 Provisional Results:
1 Jett Yarnold (Yamaha Motor Australia, Yamalube) 1:10:41.221
2 Kogan Lock (GASGAS) 1:12:54.931
3 Eli Tripcony (Husqvarna, Motorex) 1:13:12.315

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