With the first time carded enduro facing the paddock of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) it would be a test of speed, power and fitness to get over the line. Jessica Gardiner stood up to the task and took out the Women’s class, whilst Richard Chibnall continued his form in the Veterans.
Geoffrey Ballard was back to his best in the Masters class proving to be just a class above throughout today’s racing. In a first for AORC, the vintage bikes were welcomed to Dungog with the Evo Pre 86 machines and it would be Ashley Sprenger taking the inaugural win.
Gardiner has continued her stellar season by taking the win today at Dungog, in front of a home crowd Gardiner didn’t disappoint, showing great speed on her way to victory. The Yamaha rider stopped the clock at 55:12.131. Emelie Karlsson has been quite consistent this season and just couldn’t find the speed of Gardiner to challenge for the win, finishing in second with a time of 55:18.906. Danielle Foot would round out the podium after a solid days riding but finished a lap behind clocking in with a time of 50:16.722.
Round 5 AORC Women’s Provisional Results
1. Jessica Gardiner (MX Store, Ballards Off Road Team) 55:12.131
2. Emelie Karlsson 55:18.906
3. Danielle Foot 1:00:25.539
4. Courtney Rubie 1:44:40.098
5. Holly Cuneo 2:50:16.722
Chibnall is showing this season that he is the rider to beat this season, once again showing a clean pair of heels to take the win with a time of 52:36.550. Jade Gartlan battled away in second place and pushed all the way to the end of the day but settled for second place checking in at 53:18.375. Just missing out on second place was Simmo Arthur who battled throughout the day but just couldn’t quite catch Gartlan, rounding out the podium after stopping the clock at 53:32.428.
Round 5 AORC Veterans Provisional Results
1. Richard Chibnall 52:36.550
2. Jade Gartlan 53:18.375
3. Simmo Arthur 53:32.428
4. James Burgess 53:34.589
5. Peter Rudd 55:02.097
Ballard was a man on a mission today when he got out on the bike, and he didn’t put a foot wrong as he took out the masters win with a time of 55:04.708. With the tough task of trying to reel Ballard in, Brett Kenny pushed all the way till the end but had to settle for second stopping the clock at 59:00.096. Ian Jenner was the rider who landed on the final step on the podium with a time of 50:56.905.
Round 5 AORC Master’s Provisional Results
- Geoffrey Ballard 55:04.708
- Brett Kenny 56:59.069
- Ian Jenner 57:20.876
- Jeff Curley 58:02.636
- Scott Campbell 59:00.096
Pre Evo-86 Vintage
In a first for AORC, the Pre Evo-86 Vintage bikes hit the Dungog track and what an effort it was for the riders to put the older machines to the test. It would be Sprenger who would find a way to victory, pushing his bike to the limit and finishing with a time of 57:24.592. Andrew Dennett was another who battled the Dungog conditions and found speed out there, stopping the clock at 58:24.022. The inaugural podium was filled with Deeds Raymond who took the final spot with a ride that saw him end the day at 59:14.402.