Round 3 of the 2020 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship presented by MXstore (AORC) delivered a big set of challenges for our Juniors. With water crossings and slick conditions to begin the day, our younger classes were presented with new tests that only got more demanding at midday once the rain rolled in.
True to form and why there’s only one road, Off-Road, our Juniors pushed on for up to twelve laps of the Offroad Advantage and Holeshot Graphics test tracks. Coming out victorious for Round 3 was Blake Hollis (bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Team) in EJ, Riley McGillivray (AJs Motorcycles Superstore, Tunetech Racing) in J4, William Dennett in J3, Levi Stephens in J2, Max Stevenson in J1 and Ariana Collins (Jeff Collins Plumbing) in JG.
After remaining quiet during Toowoomba, Hollis came out swinging in the Gog, clocking up a total time of 50:31 across his twelve laps.
Very close on his heels and uninterested in losing that winning streak from Toowoomba, Korey McMahon (Kessner Motorcycles, KTM) pushed all day. In the end though, he conceded for second place, clocking in a total time of 50:52.
Stealing away third was Matt Waters, with a total time of 51:31.
2020 AORC Round 3 EJ Top 5 Provisional Results:
- Blake Hollis (bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Team) 50:31
- Korey McMahon (Kessner Motorcycles, KTM) 50:52
- Matt Waters 51:31
- Jayden Rudd (Kessner Motorcycles, Total Earthworks) 53:50
- Kobe Conley (Fist Handwear, City Bike Centre) 54:06
Regardless of the added challenges and changes in weather, McGillivray was cool, calm and collected as he rode straight into first place in J4. With a total time of 24:57, McGillivray finished ahead of Kodi Stephens by just over one minute.
Completing the J4 Round 3 podium was Kobi Wolff (Westlink Petroleum, MPE Suspension), with a total time of 26:36.
2020 AORC Round 3 J4 Top 5 Provisional Results:
- Riley McGillivray (AJs Motorcycles Superstore, Tunetech Racing) 24:57
- Kodi Stephens 26:13
- Kobi Wolff (Westlink Petroleum, MPE Suspension) 26:36
- Corbin Riddle 29:04
- Jackson Murray (Brisbane Dirtbike Services, Northstar Yamaha) 29:12
With a total time of 20:34, Dennett has shifted the power away from Billy Hargy, claiming the fastest total time for J3. Hargy, whose winning streak has been dashed, resolved himself to Third place with a total time of 21:44.
Second position was won by Max Phillips (Phillips Transport, Mototech) with a total time of 21:40.
2020 AORC Round 3 J3 Top 5 Provisional Results:
- William Dennett 20:34
- Max Phillips (Phillips Transport, Mototech) 21:40
- Billy Hargy 21:44
- Ty Soutter 22:14
- Luke Chellas 22:45
The winners crown has been handed over from Jett Yarnold to Levi Stephens, who clocked an impressive total time of 22:16 over six laps. Third place today was scored by Tate Young with a total time of 24:40.
2020 AORC Round 3 J2 Top 3 Provisional Results:
- Jet Yarnold 22:16
- Levi Stephens 23:27
- Tate Young 24: 40
Stevenson was totally unfased by the weather and tricky conditions as he rode across the Offroad Advantage and Holeshot Graphics test tracks, sliding effortlessly into first place with a total time of 17:31 over three laps.
Mason Boucher (Team Moto, Maben Racing) claimed second place from Cooper Boyd, who conceded for the third and final podium with a total time of 18:49.
2020 AORC Round 3 J1 Top 5 Provisional Results:
- Max Stevenson 17:31
- Mason Boucher (Team Moto, Maben Racing) 18:30
- Cooper Boyd 18:49
- Lachlan Roche (Four Sons Racing) 18:53
- Dylan McDonald 21:42
Who run the world? Girls! Regardless of the challenges that stood in their way, our JG class smashed Round 4 out of the park with Collins claiming first place. Clocking in at 26:23 over six laps, Danielle McDonald (Yamaha Ballards MXstore Off-Road Racing Team) beat Ariana Collins and Monique Simioni to the gold.
2020 AORC Round 3 JG Top 5 Provisional Results:
- Danielle McDonald (Yamaha Ballards MXstore Off-Road Racing Team) 26:23
- Ariana Collins (Jeff Collins Plumbing) 26:28
- Monique Simioni 29:36
- Chelsea Muir 35:46
- Ashleigh Hunt 24:17 +1 lap
Our Juniors return this morning in Dungog for Round 4. Due to recent heavy rainfall, Round 4 has been changed to a Sprint racing format.
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Images courtesy of Troy Pears.
Words by Caitlin Hynes.