Off Road

Yamaha AORC Sunday Support Class Wrap from Kingston SE


Yamaha's Jessica Gardiner took out the Women's class for the second day in a row. Photo: John Pearson Media
It was another glorious day at Kingston SE as Round 9 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) once again saw competitors battle it out over nine sprints.

Jessica Gardiner (Womens) and Rowan Pumpa (Master‰Ûªs) both backed up Saturday‰Ûªs win with another here today, whilst Geoffrey Ballard turned the table to grab the master‰Ûªs Victory.

After battling it out yesterday on the bLU cRU test, the Women‰Ûªs, Veterans and Master‰Ûªs moved onto the YZF450 test. The test was a fraction longer today for the riders and with the ruts already established, the riders had a battle on their hands. The soft sand and low tea tree bush section played a part as the riders had to find new lines to stay at the front.

In the Juniors the perfect weather was matched by perfect performances from Korey McMahon (J4), Blake Hollis (J3) and Billy Hargy (J2).

Yesterday the junior riders were battling it out on the Total Earthworx KTM and today they moved onto the bLU cRU test, which was a little bit shorter but today it was quite challenging as the track was rough and rugged.

Backing up her efforts from Saturday was none other than Gardiner who showed once again that she loves the sandy conditions here at Kingston SE. Gardiner aboard her Yamaha got off to a solid start in the first few sprints, but as the day went on Gardiner pulled away, showing her work off the bike has been paying off, and recording a time of 1:12:29.690.

‰ÛÏSand is my favourtie terrain to ride and for me it was all about staying upright and I managed to do that bar one test where I had one off. I had a lot of fun out there and when it got a bit rough I was lucky that my pro moto suspension handled it with ease,‰Û
Rowan Pumpa did the double, taking wins in the Veterans on both days. Photo: John Pearson Media
Pumpa made it two from two at Kingston SE as he left the field in his wake on the way to victory with a time of 1:09:30.703. Pumpa used his local knowledge to his advantage and was a man on a mission this weekend.

Just like yesterday it would be Leigh Bentley finishing just behind Pumpa to make it a pair of second place finishes. Bentley recorded the time of 1:09:49.444 to end a solid weekends riding for the South Australian rider.

Snaring the last spot on the podium was once again Richard Chibnall on his KTM, a man who has been at the front of the Veterans field for most of the season to date, would have to settle for third with his effort of 1:12:52.379.

After a narrow defeat yesterday, not even a cut to the arm would get in the way of Ballard taking the win today, aboard his KTM as he stopped the clock at 1:16:48.660.

Finishing just three seconds behind was Saturday‰Ûªs winner Michael Widdison, posting a time of 1:16:51.665, which handed him second place.

Rounding out the podium in the master‰Ûªs class was Craig Treasure with his time of 1:19:01.029, Treasure is a consistent front runner in the class and showed great skills throughout the challenging terrain.

In the J4 class it was once again McMahon who was just in a class of his own, which has been a common theme of late in the J4 class. The KTM rider set the tone by gaining 13 seconds over his nearest rival and continued to find speed and continue onto a commanding victory.

Backing up his efforts upon his return to AORC was Kyron Bacon, as he grabbed another second-place finish behind McMahon, leaving the pair with an intriguing battle heading into the final two rounds at Omeo, Victoria in just under two weeks.

Jumping into the final place on the podium was Husqvarna rider Mathew Pye, after missing out yesterday Pye put his head down and snagged the last spot on the podium.
Yamaha's Blake Hollis was the winner in E3. Photo: John Pearson Media
The rider who has found great form in the last few rounds of the AORC J3 class has been Hollis and he continued his form with another win today. The Yamaha rider has been the standout rider in the J3 class at the past couple of rounds and here at Kingston SE, it was no different.

Taking home second place at Kingston SE was Charlie Milton aboard his KTM and showing he is quite skilled in the tricky conditions.

The last spot on the podium went to Samuel Pretscherer as he showed a real liking to the sandy terrain and has set himself up for a solid finish to his 2018 season.

Hargy has had a weekend to remember here at Kingston SE backing up his win on Saturday with another win today, the win now cements Hargy as the rider to beat for this years J2 Championship. The Husqvarna rider showed great skills as he made his way through the tricky terrain on the bLU cRU test.

Finishing in second place behind Hargy on his KTM was Max Phillips who improved upon his third place on Sunday to grab second today. Phillips will be looking to grab another win to add to his wins earlier this season.

Snaring the final spot on the podium was Taj Gow-Smith, showing great speed on his Yamaha. Gow-Smith will be happy with his efforts in what is his home round of the championship.

The final rounds of the AORC will see the riders venture to Omeo, Victoria on October 6-7, with a Cross Country on Saturday and then sprints on Sunday. There will also be the AORC Night of Nights on Sunday night, you can buy your tickets here.

AORC Round 9 Womens Provisional Top 3
Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha MX Store Ballards Off-Road Team) 1:12:29.690
Emelie Karlsson 1:14:37.282
Danielle Foot (Motul Pirelli Sherco Off-Road Team) 1:17:08.257

AORC Round 9 Veterans Provisional Top 5
Rowan Pumpa 1:09:30.703
Leigh Bentley 1:09:49.444
Richard Chibnall 1:12:52.379
Jade Gartlan 1:13:12.736
Peter Rudd 1:15:08.618

AORC Round 9 Masters Provisional Top 5
Geoffrey Ballard 1:16:48.660
Michael Widdison 1:16:51.665
Craig Treasure 1:19:01.029
Michael Kerin 1:23:45.308
Andrew Widdison 1:28:54.298

AORC Round 9 J4 Provisional Top 5
Korey McMahon
Kyron Bacon
Matthew Pye
Matt Waters
Rory Hill

AORC Round 9 J3 Provisional Top 5
Blake Hollis
Charlie Milton
Samuel Pretscherer
Ned Chapman
Zak Crafter

AORC Round 9 J2 Provisional Top 5
Billy Hargy
Max Phillips
Taj Gow-Smith
Kobe Conley
Zac Perry

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