It was business as usual for Michael Driscoll in the EJ class, taking the win aboard his Yamaha to continue his perfect season in the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC). In the J4 class it was Kyron Bacon taking the win on his Honda, whilst in J3 Will Riordan showed his class taking the win and in J2 it was Kobe Conley using the Dungog conditions to his advantage.
Driscoll has been in a class of his own in season 2018 and today was no different for the Yamaha rider, putting time on his competition right from the word go. Driscoll completed his day with a time of 1:16:42.848. In second place and showing great improvement since moving into the EJ class, Joshua Brierley put in a great ride on his Husqvarna stopping the clock at 1:19:05.269. Harrison Teed found his way onto the last step of the podium with a solid ride in the Dungog conditions, finishing Round Five with a time of 1:20:11.094.
Driscoll enjoyed the Dungog conditions, “The tracks were really good out there and for me I enjoyed that they were short, and the trail was a bit dusty that did make it hard for us but all in all it was a good day for us. I felt fresh all day and I’m looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow,” said Driscoll.
Round 5 EJ AORC Provisional Results
1. Michael Driscoll (bLU cRU Yamaha Racing Team) 1:16:42.848
2. Joshua Brierley 1:19:05.269
3. Harrison Teed 1:20:11.094
4. Corey Hammond 1:21:22.766
5. Mitch Brierley 1:21:31.592
Bacon looked to be really enjoying the Dungog conditions as the Honda rider put good time on the field early in the day, before taking the win and finishing with a time of 30:58.663. New South Wales local Korey McMahon would have to settle for second place at round five, after stopping the clock at 32:39.204 on his KTM. Matthew Pye was solid around the Dungog track, put in consistently good times throughout the day and finishing on the last step of the podium with a time of 33:34.217.
Round 5 AORC J4 Provisional Results
1. Kyron Bacon 30:58.663
2. Korey McMahon 32:39.204
3. Matthew Pye 33:34.217
4. Raife Dooley 34:28.532
5. Bailey Smith 34:43.325
Riordan continues his stellar 2018 season grabbing his fifth win in as many starts, once again leading the field aboard his KTM, finishing the day with a time 32:18.971. In second place was Angus Riordan who has moved into the J3 class after jumping up from J2 and did he make it look like a good fit. Angus pushed the whole day but couldn’t quite reel his brother in, settling for second with a 32:20.634. Rounding out the podium behind the Riordan brothers was the Yamaha rider in Blake Hollis, who continued his solid season with another podium.
Round 5 AORC J3 Provisional Results
1. Will Riordan 32:18.971
2.Angus Riordan 32:20.634
3. Blake Hollis 32:34.685
4. Ned Chapman 34:16.382
5. Thomas Teed 34:46.641
Conley set the pace at Dungog and didn’t look back in the J2 class, taking the win with a time of 35:23.548 and setting himself up for a big weekends racing. One of the usual suspects at the top of the J2 class, Mackenzie Johnson once again found himself on the podium with a time of 35:56.248 aboard his Yamaha.
The podium was rounded out by Zac Perry who had a consistent day but just couldn’t find the same speed as both Conley and Johnson, ending the day with a time of 35:57.057.
Round 5 AORC J2 Provisional Results
1. Kobe Conley 35:23.548
2. Mackenzie Johnson 35:56.248
3. Zac Perry 35:57.057
4. Billy Hargy 36:09.473
5. Will Dennett 36:12.660
Photos courtesy of John Pearson Media