Kingston SE turned it on for Round 9 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) with the sun beaming down right from the first test of the morning. The perfect weather was matched by perfect performances from Korey McMahon (J4), Blake Hollis (J3) and Billy Hargy (J2).
Yesterday the junior riders were battling it out on the Total Earthworx KTM and today they moved onto the bLU cRU test, which was a little bit shorter but today it was quite challenging as the track was rough and rugged.
In the J4 class it was once again McMahon who was just in a class of his own, which has been a common theme of late in the J4 class. The KTM rider set the tone by gaining 13 seconds over his nearest rival and continued to find speed and continue onto a commanding victory.
Backing up his efforts upon his return to AORC was Kyron Bacon, as he grabbed another second-place finish behind McMahon, leaving the pair with an intriguing battle heading into the final two rounds at Omeo, Victoria in just under two weeks.
Jumping into the final place on the podium was Husqvarna rider Mathew Pye, after missing out yesterday Pye put his head down and snagged the last spot on the podium.
AORC Round 9 J4 Provisional Top 5
- Korey McMahon
- Kyron Bacon
- Matthew Pye
- Matt Waters
- Rory Hill
The rider who has found great form in the last few rounds of the AORC J3 class has been Hollis and he continued his form with another win today. The Yamaha rider has been the standout rider in the J3 class at the past couple of rounds and here at Kingston SE, it was no different.
Taking home second place at Kingston SE was Charlie Milton aboard his KTM and showing he is quite skilled in the tricky conditions.
The last spot on the podium went to Samuel Pretscherer as he showed a real liking to the sandy terrain and has set himself up for a solid finish to his 2018 season.
AORC Round 9 J3 Provisional Top 5
- Blake Hollis
- Charlie Milton
- Samuel Pretscherer
- Ned Chapman
- Zak Crafter
Hargy has had a weekend to remember here at Kingston SE backing up his win on Saturday with another win today, the win now cements Hargy as the rider to beat for this years J2 Championship. The Husqvarna rider showed great skills as he made his way through the tricky terrain on the bLU cRU test.
Finishing in second place behind Hargy on his KTM was Max Phillips who improved upon his third place on Sunday to grab second today. Phillips will be looking to grab another win to add to his wins earlier this season.
Snaring the final spot on the podium was Taj Gow-Smith, showing great speed on his Yamaha. Gow-Smith will be happy with his efforts in what is his home round of the championship.
AORC Round 9 J2 Provisional Top 5
- Billy Hargy
- Max Phillips
- Taj Gow-Smith
- Kobe Conley
- Zac Perry
The final rounds of the AORC will see the riders venture to Omeo, Victoria on October 6-7, with a Cross Country on Saturday and then sprints on Sunday. There will also be the AORC Night of Nights on Sunday night, you can buy your tickets here.
Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2018 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the brand new AORC website at www.aorc.org.au! or by following the AORC on Facebook as well as @aorc on Instagram. Don’t forget to download the brand new AORC App via Team App*.
*Accumulative times can be found at Speedhive tomorrow as they were not available at time of publication.
Photos courtesy of John Pearson Media