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Yamaha MXstore Ballards Offroad Team off to a flying start at AORC opener

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Yamaha MXstore Ballards Offroad Team off to a flying start at AORC opener
Jess Gardiner opened her 2020 account with a pair of wins.
The Yamaha MXstore Ballards Offroad Team was in Toowoomba, QLD over the weekend for rounds 1&2 of the Yamaha Australian Offroad Championships (AORC).

Jess Gardiner and youngster Danielle McDonald both walked away from the weekend with wins after the event was run in ideal conditions The team riders were also present at the local primary on Friday morning to present 270 kids with signed posters and talk to them about motorcycling and enduro.

The nerves were high for all riders as they went into Saturdays racing after 4 months without riding against the other competitors. The blucru presence was very strong and the team had all their new gear on display.

Jess Gardiner came out full swing on Saturday for round 1, winning every test in the Women‰Ûªs category on her WR250F. Claiming the day victory over Emelie Karlsson for 1 minute and 49 seconds. Gardiner stated, ‰ÛÏI really enjoyed the special tests today as it was more technical and suited my riding style. My new 2020 WR250F didn‰Ûªt miss a bit and I‰Ûªm really impressed with this new bike‰Ûªs performance‰Ûª.

Jeremy Carpentier piloted his WR450F to a hard earned 12th outright on the Pro track (separate to the track Gardiner raced) and 8th in the stacked E2 category. A big crash in the 1st sprint and damaging a gear lever resulted in Jeremy playing catch up for the remainder of the day. Jeremy said, ‰ÛÏI really struggled on the track today as it was really high speed and with a few annoying injuries over the offseason, I definitely missed some bike fitness.‰Û
Yamaha MXstore Ballards Offroad Team off to a flying start at AORC opener
A crash on day one slowed Jeremy Carpentier but he rallied on day two for a stronger result. Photo: Troy Pears
The team prepared for Sundays competition that afternoon with mechanics Steve and Josh preparing bikes, the riders walked the special tests. The seniors switched tracks for Sunday and the junior circuit was extended.

Jess Gardiner kept up her fine form on Sundays track with another impressive win in the Women‰Ûªs category. Gardiner took home 5/6 test wins and won the day by 1 minute and 4 seconds over her closest rival, Emma Milesvic. Gardiner mentioned, ‰ÛÏI really didn‰Ûªt know what to expect on todays track, as it was really rough from the Pros and quite high speed. I‰Ûªm really happy to be able to hold it out front for a double win this weekend.‰Û
Yamaha MXstore Ballards Offroad Team off to a flying start at AORC opener
Youngster Danielle McDonald took a pair of wins on debut with the team and looks to be one to watch for the series. Photo: Troy Pears
Danielle McDonald also continued her fine form as Jess winning 5/6 tests in the Junior Girls category. Something tells us Jess has found her perfect protÌ©gÌ©! Danielle rode exceptional all day on her YZ85LW. Danielle innocently stated, ‰ÛÏI wasn‰Ûªt having the best day as I had a few crashes although I was still winning, which is pretty awesome. I really enjoyed my time with the team this weekend and can‰Ûªt thank Jess and Jeremy enough‰Û
Yamaha MXstore Ballards Offroad Team off to a flying start at AORC opener
Jeremy Carpentier (L) , Danielle McDonald (C) and Jess Gardiner. Photo: Troy Pears

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