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Battle Lines Drawn in AORC

The 2018 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) is about to reach the crucial mid-season milestone this weekend with Round 7 Broken Hill. The title fights are set to heat up this weekend, as the riders prepare for a historic first AORC cross country desert race! Now marks a great time to anaylse who is flying and gunning for a championship trophy in 2018.

In the E1 class, a new Enduro star is rising in the form of Active8 Yamaha Yamalube’s, Luke Styke. His switch from Motocross to Enduro has been well documented this season and he has taken to the sport like a duck to water. Styke is well on track to take out a championship in his first attempt and Yamaha should be applauded for recognising the talent within him.

Styke has dropped only a single round so far to Husqvarana’s Fraser Higlett. The rising star, Higlett is competing in his first season out of the EJ class and showing all the right signs that he can contend for championships in the near future.

Over in E2, it’s been the Daniel Sanders show, as he made his return to AORC after a difficult EnduroGP campaign. The Husky rider has managed a clean sweep so far and is well on track to take out the coveted class trophy. Yamaha’s Josh Green has finished second to Sanders in the majority of rounds, however he’s usually amongst the fastest overall riders on track.

KTM’s Lyndon Snodgrass is a rider that still appears to be adapting to 450EXC-F. After taking out a championship last year, Snodgrasss has yet to set the world on fire with the transition to E2. He could be a rider that could take it up to the front runners once he finds his rhythm, he definitely has the talent to do so.

Moving on to E3, it’s a Daniel Milner lockout. The KTM rider is hungry and motivated to be the first to win the triple crown and the results back that up. Like Sanders, he has not dropped a single round to his opposition. Husqvarna’s Lachlan Stanford has finished second to Milner in every round bar the first. It will be difficult for him to take the fight to Milner, who is in the form of his life.

Yamaha mounted, Michael Driscoll has dominated the EJ Class and looks set to retain his title. Joshua Brierley on the Husqvarna has impressed with his graduation from the J4 class with second place in the standings.

Its set to be a thrilling weekend for AORC Round 7 this weekend, with Juniors set to race on Saturday, whilst the Seniors prologue on Saturday and race on Sunday. Competitors will brave the dry conditions and battle it out for supremacy in a four-hour race along a 38km loop. Stay tuned to all AORC channels to keep up with the action.

2018 AORC Points Standings

1. Luke STYKE  147
2. Fraser HIGLETT 123
3. Jack SIMPSON 120
4. Jeremy CARPENTIER 94
5. Tomas RAVENHORST 93
6. Brad HARDAKER 87
7. Baylee DAVIES 84
8. Peter-Daniel ALLAN 75
9. Nicolas TOMLINSON 70
10. Neil COLLARD 53

1. Daniel SANDERS 150
2. Joshua GREEN 128
3. Lyndon SNODGRASS 124
4. Stefan GRANQUIST 102
5. Riley GRAHAM 95
6. Matt MURRY 80
7. Brent DEAN 41
8. Luke BUNNIK 39
9. Wil RUPRECHT 36
10. Sean HOLMES 32

1. Daniel MILNER 150
2. Lachlan STANFORD 123
3. Broc GRABHAM 108
4. Thomas MASON 96
5. Andrew WILKSCH 95
6. Jesse LAWTON 84
7. Jamie ROBINS 83
8. Stuart HOLT 69
9. Kane HALL   68
10. Scott KEEGAN 40

1. Michael DRISCOLL 150
2. Joshua BRIERLEY 126
3. Corey HAMMOND  110
4. Mitchell BRIERLEY  94
5. Harrison TEED 93
6. Lachlan ALLAN  83
7. Riley NANCARROW  58
8. Dalton JOHNSON 53
9. Luke ALLAN 51
10. Mason Semmens 44

For more information about Yamaha AORC Round 7 visit the AORC website.

2018 AORC Supplementary Regulations can be found by here.

To see the schedule for Round 7 at Broken Hill, NSW click here.

As usual to stay up to date with all the AORC action head to AORC website, like AORC on Facebook and follow AORC on Instagram. 

Photos courtesy of John Pearson Media