The Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Off-Road Racing Team have covered themselves in glory with all three riders finishing on the podium at the 2018 Yamaha Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE), held at Cessnock, NSW, after the final test wrapped up on Saturday afternoon.
After four intense days of competition that included around two hours of special tests littered throughout the week, Luke Styke, Josh Green and Wil Ruprecht all finished on the podium, with Styke taking the E1 (250cc), while Green and Ruprecht locked up second and third respectively in the E2 (450cc) division.
bLU cRU Yamaha‰Ûªs Michael Driscoll, who also races with significant support from the Yamaha Active8 Yamalube team, managed to keep the podium streak going as he registered a third-place finish in the E1 class. That puts all Yamaha team supported riders inside the top eight in a strong showing for the blue brand.
Luke Styke‰Ûªs transformation from motocrosser to off road sensation took another huge stride forward after he claimed an ultra- impressive victory in the E1 class. Styke, competing in his first four-day event, showed real poise and skill as he navigated his way through four days and looked more like an experienced campaigner then a first-time rookie.
Styke over came some spirited riding by his rivals, as well as hot and extremely dusty conditions to take the E1 win by over a minute to his nearest competitor and announce that he is serious about his transition to off road. The class win also saw him finish a very respectable fourth outright.
‰ÛÏWhen I talk to the off-road guys, they say the four day is a great event and a really prestigious one to win so for me to win it means a lot to me and the work we have done as a team. Its been a really hard event as it presents so many challenges over the week and it really is a team effort to get it done.
‰ÛÏThank you to the Yamaha Active8 Yamalube team for all the effort they put in and also to Josh and Wil who have both helped me so much learning about off road. Their help with tyre changes and just how the event runs has been unreal,‰Û