Monday, February 17, 2020
With big entrant numbers across all classes for the 2020 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship, presented by MXstore, it is the junior classes that are showing positive signs for the future of the sport.
Motorcycling Australia late last year introduced three new classes to be added to the 2020 competition. Championship class – Junior Girls 12-15-years (85cc to 200cc 2-stroke and 150cc to 250cc 4-stroke) at all rounds and two new National Cup Classes – J1- 9-12 years (SW 85cc 2-stroke &150cc 4-stroke) (At rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 & 12) and JJ 9-12 years 65cc (At rounds 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 & 12)
The new classes join, J2 – 12 to 15 years (85cc 2-stroke & Up to 150cc 4-stroke), J3 – 13 – 14 years (125cc to 200cc 2 – Stroke and 200cc to 250cc 4 – Stroke), and J4 – 15 years (125cc to 200cc 2 – Stroke & 200cc to 250cc 4 – Stroke).
The junior categories are were Australia’s future champions will come, and based on last year’s on track action, Australia has a number of future world beaters in the making.
One such rider is Victorian and Alpine MCC member Riley McGillivray, who took out the 2019 J3 class.
The youngster is one to watch in 2020 aboard his KTM 250 as he enters the J4 class and is definitely a star of the future to watch.
2019 J2 Champion, NSW and Hastings Valley MCC member Billy Hargy steps up to J3 class in 2020 aboard his Husqvarna and will be hoping to take the top step this weekend to kick start his championship chase.
Motorcycling Australia Off-Road Events Manager, Matthew Falvo, said there was much excitement about round 1 and 2 this weekend in Toowoomba, Queensland.
“With the addition of new junior classes, we have seen an influx of entries, which bodes well for the health of the sport and the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship,” Mr Falvo said.
“This weekend at Toowoomba will see some very exciting racing in the junior classes, with some riders hoping to not only back up their championship winning efforts from last year, but new riders hoping to impress on the national stage.
“Together with Yamaha and OffRoad Advantage we are also introducing a new skills, tips and tricks session for junior riders prior to each round of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC), presented by MXstore.
“The Yamaha Off-Road Tech and Tips (YORTT) – will offer junior competitors in the Yamaha Off-Road Australian Championship with specialised coaching from Australian and world champion riders.
Each Friday evening from 5pm, prior to all the AORC rounds, Josh Green and the entire Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Team will be available to answer questions from riders and families covering everything from riding tips to bike maintenance and set up.
This is competitor’s opportunity to get a direct line into years of racing experience from Josh and his team and learn the tricks of the trade in off-road racing.
Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2020 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the AORC website at www.aorc.org.au , Facebook or @aorc on Instagram. Don’t forget to download the Official AORC app via Team App. It’s as easy as download Team App and search ‘AORC’!