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Yamaha AORC Saturday Support Class Wrap from Kingston SE

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Yamaha's Jessica Gardiner took out the womens class. Photo: John Pearson . Media.
The Kingston SE weather turned it on for Round 8 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) as the support class riders took to the Blu Cru test for nine laps.

Making the most of the glorious conditions and the excellent track was Jessica Gardiner (Womens), Rowan Pumpa (Veterans) and Michael Widdison (Masters) who all took commanding victories.

The shortest of the three tests was in store for the Womens, Veterans and Master‰Ûªs class here at Kingston SE, with the Blu Cru test length being 4.5km. Although the test was the shorter of the three tracks here, it definitely put the riders to work with different terrains such as, sandy grasstrack, low tree scrub and open flowy sections.

The battle in the junior classes were once again a tight affair with all three results being decided by under a minute after eight tests. The sun-soaked Kingston SE saw Korey McMahon (J4), Blake Hollis (J3) and Billy Hargy (J2) continue their strong seasons and add another win to their tally.

In a return to the sprint format after the first ever AORC desert cross country, the Keyneton Motorcycle Club certainly brought their A-game, providing three impressive tests. The junior riders battled it out on the KTM test, which covered five kilometres and saw the terrain change from flowy sandy grasstrack through to tight and technical sections which included limestone outcrops and low tea tree scrub.

Womens
Gardiner has made her way back into the winner‰Ûªs circle here in the Womens class of the AORC, after putting in a great days riding on her Yamaha. Gardiner set the tone for her victory by jumping out of the block ahead of her competition with three test times under six minutes and ten seconds.

Gardiner enjoyed the conditions here at Kingston SE finishing with a time of 55:08.902; ‰ÛÏToday was fun, I really enjoyed it. Today‰Ûªs conditions were exactly what I like to ride in, nice and sandy. I felt really good on my WR250 and I look forward to jumping on the track again tomorrow,‰Û
Korey McMahon beat Korey Bacon for victory in the J4 class. Photo: John Pearson Media
J4
The J4 class was a battle between eventual winner McMahon and returning Honda rider Korey Bacon, the pair were a step above the rest of the field at Kingston SE. McMahon got off to a great start to the day and put a good gap on Bacon before Bacon came home strong but it was enough as McMahon‰Ûªs time of 47:10.570 took the win.

Bacon will go into tomorrow with great confidence after missing the previous AORC round, grabbing second position with his time of 48:06.350. Bacon will be hoping to get off to a better start in tomorrow‰Ûªs sprints as they cost him today.

The last spot on the podium went to Matt Waters who had a great battle throughout the day with Matthew Pye, but Waters got the better of the battle and grabbed third with a time of 50:33.400.
Blake Hollis has continued his strong form at Kingston SE taking the J3 win. Photo: John Pearson Media.
J3
After taking the win at Broken Hill, Hollis has continued his strong form at Kingston SE. The Yamaha rider set up his win with a great first test, gaining over 40 seconds on the rest of his competition. After such a strong start, Hollis continued to gap his opponents and ended the day with a time of 50:17.344.

The rider finishing with the second-best time in the J3 class was none other than Charlie Milton, who put together a great day riding to register a time of 51:24.198.

Rounding out the podium on his Yamaha was Ned Chapman, who started the day slow before finding his feet during the middle of the day. Despite his slow start to the day, Chapman finished with a time of 52:47.980 to grab third position.

J2
The J2 class saw Hargy take the class win and continue his fine 2018 season, the Husqvarna rider managed his way through the flowy grass track to record a 54:35.910 on his way to another victory.

A battle is brewing in the J2 class with Kobe Conley continuing his great rise this season, after a break out win earlier this season he once again was up the pointy end of the pack. Conley finished in second position with a time of 55:34.719.

The final spot on the J2 podium went to Max Phillips who put in a solid days riding to record a 55:59.061, which was good enough for third place.

The riders are back in action again tomorrow here at Kingston SE for Round 9, with another day full of sprints.

AORC Round 8 Womens Provisional Top 4
Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha MX Store Ballards Off-Road Team) 55:08.902
Emelie Karlsson 57:28.481
Danielle Foot (Motul Pirelli Sherco Off-Road Team) 1:01:10.094
Hayley Gray 1:28:07.388

AORC Round 8 Veterans Provisional Top 5
Rowan Pumpa 52:14.564
Leigh Bentley 54:14.153
Richard Chibnall 54:24.474
Peter Rudd 54:59.944
Jade Gartlan 55:20.181

AORC Round 8 Masters Provisional Top 5
Michael Widdison 57:48.365
Geoffrey Ballard 59:00.730
Craig Treasure 59:41.332
Michael Klein 1:05:35.760
Andrew Widdison 1:07:28.201

AORC Round 8 J4 Provisional Top 5 Results
Korey McMahon 47:10.570
Korey Bacon 48:06.350
Matt Waters 50:33.400
Matthew Pye 50:38.270
Zane Plati 52:31.829

AORC Round 8 J3 Provisional Top 5 Results
Blake Hollis 50:17.344
Charlie Milton 51:24.198
Ned Chapman 52:47.980
Samuel Pretscherer 53:23.006
Zak Crafter 54:37.610

AORC Round 8 J2 Provisional Top 5
Billy Hargy 54:35.910
Kobe Conley 55:34.719
Max Phillips 55:59.061
Taj Gow-Smith 56:04.003
Zac Perry 58.33.934

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