Round 4 of the 2019 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) cemented the fact that Australia’s emerging Junior talent will produce our next generation of internationally leading Off-Road stars.
As our AORC Juniors tackled their second consecutive day of a timecard Enduro format on the bLU cRU loop, Round 4 featured a change up with Kodi Stephens and Max Phillips taking out the J3 and J2 class wins. Reigning victorious for two days in a row was Kyron Bacon (MX Store, KTM) and Blake Hollis for EJ and J4.
Under Dungog’s glittering blue sky and atop tacky soil, the AORC Juniors navigated four loops of the bLU cRU Cross and Enduro tests.
The podium for Round 4 of the 2019 season finished like a mirror reflection of Saturday’s Round 3, with Bacon, Joshua Brierley and Korey McMahon holding onto their respective podium standings. The EJ competitors tackled once again the bLU cRU loop, finishing Sunday with seven laps under their belt.
KTM mounted Bacon continued his irrefutable EJ success with a fourth consecutive class win, finishing Sunday with a total time of 34:51.309.
Biting at Bacon’s heels all weekend was Brierley, with a total time of 35:08.773. Rounding out the final podium spot for Round 4 was McMahon, with a total time of 36:14.286.
Reflecting on Sunday, Bacon stated “I’m feeling pretty happy. I made a few mistakes on Sunday but brought it all together toward the end and just my own race.
“Matty Phillips has been sending through tips throughout the weekend which has been an enormous help, which has also helped lift the weight off my shoulders a little!”
2019 AORC Round 4 EJ Top 10 Provisional Results
1. Kyron BACON (MX Store, KTM) 34:51.309
2. Joshua BRIERLEY 35:08.773
3. Korey MCMAHON 36:14.286
4. Nathan HOWE 37:09.453
5. Riley NANCARROW 37:44.496
6. Cooper SHEIDOW 37:44.581
7. Mathew PYE 38:12.066
8. Matt WATERS 38:18.966
9. Jayden RUDD 38:35.191
10. Thomas TEED 39:26.195
Dungog, like Toowoomba, has treated Hollis to a superb weekend of racing. Finishing in first place with a total time of 37:45.063, Hollis has proven his undeniable Enduro racing talent, maintaining a cool head during mentally and physically challenging conditions.
Reflecting on the weekend and the challenges he confronted, Hollis stated “today was tough. I had a few crashes which made today difficult, but I managed to push through to take out the class win!
“The tracks weren’t as technical on Sunday as they were on Saturday but the conditions remained really favourable,” highlighted Hollis.
Taking the silver today was Mackenzie Johnson with a total time of 38:31.573.
Rounding out the J4 podium in third place was Cody Chittick, who finished hot on Johnson’s heels with 18 seconds with separating them. Chittick finished Round 4 with a total time of 38:49.678.
2019 AORC Round 4 J4 Top 10 Provisional Results
1. Blake HOLLIS 37:45.063
2. Mackenzie JOHNSON 38:31.573
3. Cody CHITTICK 38:49.678
4. Zac PERRY 39:15.101
5. Kobe CONLEY 39:31.762
6. Charlie MILTON 40:22.506
7. Oscar COLLINS 40:44.815
8. Brandon CLARKE 44:55.467
9. Luke COOK 47:31.529
10. Hayden JONES 48:21.715
Sunday threw the J3 class bets right out the window, as Saturday’s Champion relinquished his titled to Stephens. Thriving off the adrenaline experienced by racing his rivals, Stephens finished Sunday’s racing with a total time of 39:45.180.
Rounding out the podium on Sunday was Will Dennett and Maxwell Liebeknecht in second and third respectively. Dennett finished Round 4 with a total time of 40:28.246, with Liebekecht close behind with a total time of 41:28.130.
2019 AORC Round 4 J3 Top 10 Provisional Results
1. Kodi STEPHENS 39:45.180
2. Will DENNETT 40:28.246
3. Maxwell LIEBEKNECHT 41:28.130
4. Charlie MOLLER 41:38.159
5. Jethro CARRIAGE 42:05.810
6. Jack BITHELL 42:06.354
7. William COOPER 43:51.236
9. Kelly WOOLSTON 44:01.758
10. Jake HAYES 44:04.528
Our J2 class packed a big punch as they blazed a trail on the bLU crU loop. Coming out on top was Phillips, with a total time of 39:46.953. Enjoying fantastic conditions that dried up as the day and racing continued, Phillips was followed onto the podium by Campbell Hall and Round 3 J2 Champion Billy Hargy for second and third place. Campbell clocked in a total time after four loops of 39:57.103, followed by Hargy with a total time of 40:14.887.
2019 AORC Round 4 J2 Top 10 Provisional Results
1. Max PHILLIPS 39:46.953
2. Campbell HALL 39:57.103
3. Billy HARGY 40:14.887
4. Cody KILPATRICK 42:05.487
5. Thomas VANCE 43:29.652
6. Luke CHELLAS 43:52.069
7. Kyle SANDSTROM 44:03.553
8. Corbin RIDDLE 44:07.440
9. Samuel CODRINGTON 44:11.888
10. William VELLA 44:30.537
AORC is now on a hiatus until July 20-21, when riders land in Kyogle, New South Wales for Rounds 5 & 6. Until then you can stay updated on all things AORC and Off-Road by checking out AORC.org.au, Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to follow the Official AORC hashtag, #only1roadoffroad!
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