It was Husqvarna mounted rider Mathias Bellino who excelled across nine timed tests today to come out victorious under the hot Merrijig sun at the 2016 Yamaha Australian Four Days Enduro.
After CDR Yamaha’s Daniel Milner took the Day One spoils yesterday, he woke up this morning with a target on his back, every competitor wanting to beat the already four time A4DE champion. Husqvarna mounted Mathias Bellino especially eager to show his French fight, winning the first five tests in a row.
On the KTM test first up Bellino posted a quickest time of 6:33.910, a track that he crashed on in yesterday’s slippery conditions. The Yamaha test which played to his strengths yesterday, also worked in favour today rounding out test two with the quickest time of 2:11.226.
The third, fourth and fifth test played out much the same with Mathias winning. His five consecutive wins meant he overtook Milner’s early lead from yesterday, but close behind was Hollis, ready to snatch back some times and Active8 Yamaha Yamalube’s Josh Green increased his speed with every test.
The afternoon saw a long break at the high country township of Jamieson, both sides of the street filled with team colours, tents, flags and banners where riders pulled in, gassed up, tinkered, dusted off and set out again.
Active8 Yamaha Yamalube’s Josh Green, after a well-deserved rest clinched his first outright test win of the event with a 4:52.262 time. Chris Hollis was the next man to attack striking a time of 4:40.657 and winning the Beta test outright before it was straight to the Force Accessories test at the Yamaha A4DE today.
By the eighth test (Force Accessories) the temperature had warmed and so too did Yamaha rider Josh Green’s performance, pulling out a 7:47.541 with Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders nipping at his heels with 7:47.582 –almost too close to call.
Concluding the day, riders had one more test (Yamaha) before their day was done and they could look ahead to tomorrow’s competition. The river crossings, rocks and slippery conditions didn’t deter Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team’s Lachlan Stanford who on the final test today showed his mighty fight with a flying lap time of 2:14.930.
A notable absentee from day one’s results, but a strong Australian Off-Road competitor KTM Enduro Racing Team’s Tye Simmonds also made use of his rival’s fatigue posting a second quickest time of 2:15.258. Bellino (2:15.297) slotting in third, cementing his charge at the half way point in the competition.
Although there was plenty of push back from Australian competitors to overtake the French rival, Bellino was too quick in this morning tests and secured himself an overall time of 54:20.620 across the first two days. Milner (54:28.172) and Hollis (54:39.941) now sit in second and third respectively.
Mathias concluded the day sharing that “everything went well for me today. It was one of those days where everything just worked. I really enjoyed the motocross style Yamaha Test track before it was chewed up over the course of the day.”
“I am enjoying the conditions and the terrain here. We had really nice view points and scenery, nice fun, fast and flowing tracks. Everywhere you go in the world it is different, naturally,” he concluded.
Respectively winning Day Two’s events outright in the E1, E2 and E3 classes were Green (45:40.175), Bellino (45:25.057) and Stanford (45:56.832).
Womens’ and Veterans competitors Tayla Jones (50:36.806) and Dylan Rees (48:30.489) had another cracking day around the country side of rural Victoria cementing their leads in their respective classes after nine tests and plenty of kilometres on their machines today. David Fleming also showing his strength in the Master’s field managing a fastest overall time of 51:35.343.
Once again it was New South Wales who proved their dominance in the state team titles with the three, Senior, Junior and Women’s Trophy Teams all victorious strengthening their lead over the remaining states.
The conclusion of today marked the half way point in the 2016 Yamaha Australian Four Days Enduro , and with each competitor getting familiar with the trails and tests, anticipation is building for faster times and more competition coming up through the ranks.
*All results from Day one of the 2016 Yamaha Australian Four Days Enduro are provisional
Yamaha A4DE top ten outright results:
- Mathias Bellino 54:20.620
- Daniel Milner 54:28.172
- Chris Hollis 54:39.941
- Josh Green 54:44.294
- Lachlan Stanford 55:12.195
- Daniel Sanders 55:26.057
- Matt Phillips 55:30.151
- Glenn Kearney 55:41.806
- Lyndon Snodgrass 56:00.994
- Jack Simpson 56:05.112
Yamaha A4DE top five day two E1 results:
- Josh Green 45:40.175
- Glenn Kearney 46:55.311
- Jack Simpson 47:01.578
- Riley Graham 47:24.247
- Stefan Granqvist 47:59.735
Yamaha A4DE top five day two E2 results:
- Mathias Bellino 45:25.057
- Chris Hollis 45:51.619
- Daniel Milner 45:53.887
- Matt Phillips 46:18.719
- Broc Grabham 46:48.860
Yamaha A4DE top five day two E3 results:
- Lachlan Stanford 45:56.832
- Daniel Sanders 46:23.605
- Lyndon Snodgrass 47:11.422
- Christopher Davey 47:33.866
- Nic Tomlinson 47:51.199
Yamaha A4DE top five day two Women’s results:
- Tayla Jones 50:36.806
- Jemma Wilson 52:28.237
- Jess Gardiner 53:39.067
- Emelie Karlsson 54:39.501
- Sophie Coldicutt 56:02.713
Yamaha A4DE top five day two Veteran’s results:
- Dylan Rees 48:30.489
- Damian Smith 49:02.782
- Kirk Hutton 50:35.620
- Rowan Pumpa 52:37.954
- Brandon Kienhuis 54:40.175
Yamaha A4DE top five day two Master’s results:
- David Fleming 51:35.343
- Jason Salopayevs 54:22.274
- Brett Steel 54:29.953
- Mark Peacock 55:48.727
- Fred Patterson 55:53.561
For a full list of results click here.
Image courtesy of T. Spragg. Pictured Husqvarna mounted Mathias Bellino after a great day two at the 2016 Yamaha Australian Four Days Enduro today – Click on the image for High Resolution.