Domination Central For Gardiner And Hutton While Smith Steals Veterans Top Spot
As we close the chapter on Round 6 here in Kyogle, New South Wales (NSW), the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship’s (AORC) Women’s, Veterans and Masters showcased their undisputed talent as they tackled the WR 450F test track.
It was back-to-back class wins for both Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha MX Store Ballards Off-Road Team) for Women’s and Kirk Hutton (Yamaha Motor Australia) for Masters. In the Veterans class though, it was Damian Smith who took out the Round 6 win, knocking Dan Ralph off his Round 5 class win perch.
Round 6 marks a momentous occasion for Gardiner, notching up six consecutive round wins, which is the first time she has managed such a feat since 2014! With a total time today of 1:29:13.827, Gardiner finished ahead of Emelie Karlsson (Yamaha Motor Australia), who settled for second place with a total time of 1:30:33.373. Locking in the third and final podium after Karlsson was Emma Milesevic (Honda RideRed Team), who pushed hard after a difficult Round 5 to finish today with a total time of 1:31:06.414.
Ebony Nielsen conceded for fourth place today, after a strong result in Round 5. Nielsen ended Round 6 with a total time of 1:32:10.592.
AORC Women’s Round 6 Top 10 Provisional Results:
- Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha MX Store Ballards Off-Road Team) 1:29:13.827
- Emelie Karlsson (Yamaha Motor Australia) 1:30:33.373
- Emma Milesevic (Honda RideRed Team) 1:31:06.414
- Ebony Nielsen 1:32:10.592
- Danielle Foot (Road & River Motorcycles, Sherco) 1:41:39.284
- Emi Ruprecht 1:42:17.401
- Charlotte Gamble 1:45:25.802
- Zoe Boccari 1:48:58.034
- Julie Denyer1:49:22.934
- Ivy Cross 1:55:15.096
Knocking Ralph clean off his perch today was Smith, who took home the Round 6 Veterans win, with a total time of 1:25:04.425. Ralph came in hot after Smith, settling for second place with a total time of 1:25:25.477. Rounding out the podium for the Veterans today was Lee Stephens, who clocked in with a total time of 1:26:29.090.
AORC Veterans Round 6 Top 10 Provisional Results:
- Damian Smith 1:25:04.425
- Dan Ralph 1:25:25.477
- Lee Stephens 1:26:29.090
- Christopher Thomas 1:29:08.721
- Jason Pearce 1:30:57.630
- Daniel Sawtell 1:31:09.695
- Paul Chadwick 1:33:10.721
- Luke Ablitt 1:34:29.773
- Phil Newman 1:38:37.913
- Brendan Knight 1:39:08.850
It was nothing but success for Hutton today, as he took out a consecutive Masters class win, finishing today with a total time of 1:24:46.594. Second place was awarded to Timothy Martin, who clocked in a total time of 1:28:34.627. Closing out the Masters podium for Round 6 was Peter Rudd, with a total time of 1:33:45.874.
“I had a really good weekend down here at Kyogle. It’s basically a home track for me and I found that the tracks really suited me. Today’s WR 450F track was really great and the bike handled it well all day,” explained Hutton.
“I had surgery during the three-month break and have only been riding for the past two weeks, so this weekend was set to be challenging regardless of the outcome”
AORC Masters Round 6 Top 10 Provisional Results:
- Kirk Hutton (Yamaha Motor Australia) 1:24:46.594
- Timothy Martin 1:28:34.627
- Peter Rudd 1:33:45.874
- Craig Treasure 1:34:06.107
- Ian McGillivray 1:35:31.132
- Hank Wilkes 1:35:51.033
- John Murray 1:36:03.486
- David Pratten 1:36:58.615
- Shane Dawson 1:39:32.458
- Stephen Matheson 1:42:13.197
AORC returns on August 10th for Round 7 of the 2019 Championship, in Broken Hill, NSW. Featuring a three-hour Cross Country racing format, this weekend is not to be missed! Submit your entry today at AORC.org.au!
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