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Wrapup From 2024 Australian Off-Road Championship Round Three

Author: Caitlin Hynes

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

Round 3 of the 2024 Australian Off-Road Championship featured technical twists, dry conditions and an absolute need for patience.

After seven tests, it was the patient racers who claimed victory at Mount Misery, Victoria. Landing atop the leaderboard was Kyron Bacon in E1, Daniel Milner in E2, Riley McGillivray in E3, Jess Gardiner in EW and Kogan Lock in EJ.

E1
In E1 is has been three for three for Tasmania’s Kyron Bacon. Right from Test number one on the WR450F track, Yamaha’s fan favourite was leading the charge. Clocking in the fastest total time for Round 3, Bacon finished with a blistering time of 1:29:51.311. Mount Misery didn’t faze Bacon at all, as he comfortably tackled every twist and turn.

“Today was actually quite technical,” confirmed Bacon.

“I really enjoyed my time out there and even managed to stay upright most of the time. The competition was tough. I battled out with Milner all day, as well as the boys in E1.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there again tomorrow.”

Behind Bacon in second place was Korey McMahon. McMahon had a fantastic day of racing as he successfully kept Tom Buxton at bay. McMahon finished Round 3 with a total time of 1:34:30.939.

Rounding out the podium today was Buxton. The DM31 Racing Team member from New Zealand protected his bronze seat from the likes of Brock Nichols and Billy Bray. After seven tests, Buxton finished with a total time of 1:35:30.020.

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

E2
After entering under an injury cloud Daniel Milner was unstoppable in E2 as he claimed another consecutive class win. A Victorian local was completely at home in today’s conditions. After seven tests, Milner couldn’t beat Bacon to the fastest overall time but clocked off with a total time of 1:30:23.028.

“Round 3 was quite difficult, that’s for sure,” explained Milner.

“The WR450F test was quite a technical track with granite sand that dug away and rocks that formed up over time.

“All in all, I’m pretty happy with how I’ve fared this race considering the lead-up. It’s been a rough one, so to win the class and come out with the second fastest overall time was a great boost.”

Andy Wilksch claimed second place jumping up the leaderboard since Roma! With a total time of 1:33:40.695, Wilksch couldn’t quite compete with Milner and Bacon, but he comfortably protected silver from Will Dennett.

Dennett settled for third place today, thanks to a total time of 1:35:43.523.

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

E3
It was a clean sweep in E3 as Riley McGillivray claimed another top step finish. After a long day on the bike where a drop in focus resulted in dropping precious seconds, McGillivray remained consistent to ensure his first-place finish. With a time of 1:34:49.610 and also managed to fend off Jye Dickson.

With just over 20 seconds separating McGillivray and Dickson, Round 4 tomorrow should be an exciting set of Sprints to watch! Dickson finished seven Sprints to claim second place, ahead of Queensland’s Fraser Higlett.

Higlett clinched bronze thanks to a total time of 1:36:33.137.

Reflecting on Round 3, McGillivray confirmed that “My day wasn’t too bad, I just struggled to get going.

“The conditions here are pretty testing and very different to home, which I honestly wasn’t expecting. I slowly built during the day and had some pretty good tests in the middle of the day. There were a few mistakes in the last couple of tests which was unfortunate. The 500 was a lot to wrestle out there but in the fast stuff I was definitely loving it!

“It was frustrating to not get results I know I can get. All in all though I got the class win so I’m happy with that. Tomorrow we’ll work to stay smooth and consistent.”

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

EW
Over on the MXstore track, Jess Gardiner had her work cut out her all day. Over five gruelling Sprints, the multiple champion had to tackle tight, technical tracks whilst fending off teammate, Danielle McDonald for the top step.

After five tests though, Gardiner claimed gold thanks to a total time of 41:52.167. With a lead of just over 10 seconds, there’s no doubt both Gardiner and McDonald will come into Round 4 with that first-place spot in their sights.

“Today was wild,” confirmed Gardiner.

“It didn’t start out great for me, I had a few crashes and got stuck in a few little ‘techo’ bits – which was a bit out of character for me. I pulled it back together though and had a pretty solid day considering me and Danielle were battling it out.

“It was also pretty cool to see us both go first and second out on a track ahead of over 200 Clubman!

“Heading into Round 4, we’re working on recovery and recharge for another solid day tomorrow.”

McDonald conceded for second place today, with a total time of 42:03.172. Rounding out the podium was Emelie Karlsson, with a total time of 45:23.867.

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

EJ
There was an upste in EJ with Jett Yarnold being knocked off the top step by Victorian local Kogan Lock. Skilled in Hard Enduro, Lock blitzed his EJ competition to comfortably claim first place. Clocking off with a total time of 1:39:37.043, Lock beat Eli Tripcony and Yarnold to the glory by over one minute.

“Technical suits me that’s for sure,” explained Lock.

“The rockiness and sandy conditions definitely suited me to a T. The track was awesome and I had heaps of fun.

“I managed to have the lead most of the day which was nice. I rode smooth and consistently and rode my best race. Coming away with the win, I’m really happy!”

Tripcony rode into second place today, finishing seven Tests across the WR450F track with a total time of 1:40:57.256. Behind Tripcony in third is Yarnold, with a total time of 1:42:07.188.

Racing continues tomorrow morning for Round 4, here at Mount Misery.

FULL Result can be found here

2024 AORC Round 3 E1 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Kyron Bacon (Shop Yamaha, Threesix Motorsports) 1:29:51.311
2 Korey McMahon (GASGAS Australia, Motorex) 1:34:30.939
3 Tom Buxton (KTM Australia, DM31 Racing Team) 1:35:30.020
4 Brock Nichols (Husqvarna) 1:41:42.505
5 Billy Bray (GASGAS) 1:48:18.208

2024 AORC Round 3 E2 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Daniel Milner (KTM Australia, DM31 Racing Team) 1:30:23.028
2 Andy Wilksch (Beta Offroad Team) 1:33:40.695
3 Will Dennett (Shop Yamaha, Threesix Motorsports) 1:35:43.523
4 Beau Ralston (Empire Motorsports Kawasaki Off-Road Racing Team) 1:36:32.442
5 Ben Kearns (Ballards Offroad, BETA Australia) 1:37:10.298

2024 AORC Round 3 E3 Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Riley McGillivray (Shepparton Motorcycles, KTM) 1:34:49.610
2 Jye Dickson (Beta Racing Australia) 1:35:11.534
3 Fraser Higlett (Beta Australia) 1:36:33.137
4 Billy Hargy (Simford Group Motorsport) 1:37:57.315
5 Stefan Granquist (Husqvarna) 1:38:43.163

2024 AORC Round 3 EW Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 41:52.167
2 Danielle McDonald (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 42:03.172
3 Emelie Karlsson (Cassons, Husqvarna) 45:23.867
4 Ebony Nielsen (Beta Motorcycles Australia) 46:19.700
5 Courtney Rubie (Wearlusty, GASGAS) 47:35.941

2024 AORC Round 3 EJ Top 5 Provisional Results:
1 Kogan Lock (GASGAS) 1:39:37.043
2 Eli Tripcony (Husqvarna, Motorex) 1:40:57.256
3 Jett Yarnold (Yamaha Motor Australia, Yamalube) 1:42:07.188
4 Jackson Versteegen (Peter Stevens, Fox Australia) 1:44:43.861
5 Cody Howell (Tweaked Performance) 1:46:03.647

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