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Yamaha Unleash Three-Pronged Off Road Attack In 2019

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Yamaha Unleash Three-Pronged Off Road Attack In 2019
After winning the Under 19 division for two years running, Michael Driscoll will now make the big step up to the E1 class for 2019. Photo: John Pearson Media
Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Racing will send three warriors into battle in the 2019 Australian Off-Road Championships with Josh Green, Luke Styke and Michael Driscoll remaining with the team for another season.

After a successful 2018 campaign that saw both Styke and Driscoll wrap up national class championships in the E1 (250cc) and EJ (under 19) classes respectively, as well as another solid performance from Josh Green, it was simply a matter of keeping the band together for another year, just with a few minor tweaks.

After winning the Under 19 division for two years running, Michael Driscoll will now make the big step up to the E1 class for 2019 where he will instantly become a championship threat. He now has three full seasons of off road racing under his belt and has gone from strength to strength each year and feels more than ready to tackle the established pros having gained the needed skills and experience in the EJ class.

‰ÛÏI feel like I have a good foundation to enter the professional classes now and confident I can mix it up with the best in the class right from the get go,‰Û
Yamaha Unleash Three-Pronged Off Road Attack In 2019
Former Motocross star Luke Styke proved a revelation in 2018 as he dominated proceedings in the E1 category. Photo: John Pearson Media
Motocross convert, Luke Styke, proved a revelation in 2018 as he dominated proceedings in the E1 category taking the win in the AORC as well as the A4DE and landing well inside the top five Outright at the majority of the events. This all in his first foray into off road and his first full season of racing a range of formats and terrains he had never experienced before.

Now, with a year to learn the ropes, Styke has set his goals even higher for 2019 and if history is any guide, he is a strong chance to make good on those lofty ambitions.

‰ÛÏOff road was completely new to me this time last year and almost every event I went to I had to learn not just about the bike, the rules or the riding, but also the formats and the fitness required to succeed at the highest level, so it was a lot to take in all at once but I was happy with how the year turned out.

‰ÛÏBut for 2019, I now have that experience, so my time and focus can be on fine tuning my program to get the most from myself and being better again. Last year the goal was to win my class, in 2019, the next step is outright and although Daniel Milner is riding exceptionally well and one of the best riders in the world, there is no point racing if we don‰Ûªt have him as the bench mark and try and beat him.

‰ÛÏIt will take a lot of work and preparation but the team and I'm already hard at work and looking to make the next step in our performance,‰Û
Yamaha Unleash Three-Pronged Off Road Attack In 2019
Entering into his eighth season with the Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Team, Josh Green is back and determined to lead the way for the team in 2019. Photo: John Pearson Media.
Entering into his eighth season with the Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Team, Josh Green is back and determined to lead the way for the team in 2019. His working relationship with team manager AJ Roberts is like that of Statler and Waldorf, the two old critics in The Muppets, as the pair bounce off one another and set the tone for the team.

Despite the familiar surroundings, Josh Green shows no lack of motivation and still has the burning desire to be at the leading edge of Off Road racing in Australia.

His approach to training and riding continues to escalate with each season and he shows his younger teams mates the way after years of fine tuning his skills in the bush and in off road racing around the world.

‰ÛÏI still want to win as much as I did in my first season with AJ and the team,‰Û
Yamaha Unleash Three-Pronged Off Road Attack In 2019
Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Racing will send three warriors into battle in the 2019 Australian Off-Road Championships
2019 AORC Schedule
Rd1 ‰ÛÒ 9 March ‰ÛÒ QLD
Rd2 ‰ÛÒ 10 March ‰ÛÒ QLD
Rd3 ‰ÛÒ 6 April ‰ÛÒ NSW
Rd4 ‰ÛÒ 7 April ‰ÛÒ NSW
Rd5 ‰ÛÒ 20 July ‰ÛÒ NSW
Rd6 ‰ÛÒ 21 July ‰ÛÒ NSW
Rd7 ‰ÛÒ 11 August ‰ÛÒ NSW
Rd8 ‰ÛÒ 31 August ‰ÛÒ SA
Rd9 ‰ÛÒ 1 September ‰ÛÒ SA
Rd10 ‰ÛÒ 14 September ‰ÛÒ VIC
Rd11 ‰ÛÒ 15 September ‰ÛÒ VIC

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