The battle in the junior classes at Round 8 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship were once again a tight affair with all three results being decided by under a minute after eight tests. The sun-soaked Kingston SE saw Korey McMahon (J4), Blake Hollis (J3) and Billy Hargy (J2) continue their strong seasons and add another win to their tally.
In a return to the sprint format after the first ever AORC desert cross country, the Keyneton Motorcycle Club certainly brought their A-game, providing three impressive tests. The junior riders battled it out on the KTM test, which covered five kilometres and saw the terrain change from flowy sandy grasstrack through to tight and technical sections which included limestone outcrops and low tea tree scrub.
The J4 class was a battle between eventual winner McMahon and returning Honda rider Korey Bacon, the pair were a step above the rest of the field at Kingston SE. McMahon got off to a great start to the day and put a good gap on Bacon before Bacon came home strong but it was enough as McMahon’s time of 47:10.570 took the win.
Bacon will go into tomorrow with great confidence after missing the previous AORC round, grabbing second position with his time of 48:06.350. Bacon will be hoping to get off to a better start in tomorrow’s sprints as they cost him today.
The last spot on the podium went to Matt Waters who had a great battle throughout the day with Matthew Pye, but Waters got the better of the battle and grabbed third with a time of 50:33.400.
AORC Round 8 J4 Provisional Top 5 Results
- Korey McMahon 47:10.570
- Korey Bacon 48:06.350
- Matt Waters 50:33.400
- Matthew Pye 50:38.270
- Zane Plati 52:31.829
After taking the win at Broken Hill, Hollis has continued his strong form here at Kingston SE. The Yamaha rider set up his win with a great first test, gaining over 40 seconds on the rest of his competition. After such a strong start, Hollis continued to gap his opponents and ended the day with a time of 50:17.344.
The rider finishing with the second-best time in the J3 class was none other than Charlie Milton, who put together a great day riding to register a time of 51:24.198.
Rounding out the podium on his Yamaha was Ned Chapman, who started the day slow before finding his feet during the middle of the day. Despite his slow start to the day, Chapman finished with a time of 52:47.980 to grab third position.
AORC Round 8 J3 Provisional Top 5 Results
- Blake Hollis 50:17.344
- Charlie Milton 51:24.198
- Ned Chapman 52:47.980
- Samuel Pretscherer 53:23.006
- Zak Crafter 54:37.610
The J2 class saw Hargy take the class win and continue his fine 2018 season, the Husqvarna rider managed his way through the flowy grass track to record a 54:35.910 on his way to another victory.
A battle is brewing in the J2 class with Kobe Conley continuing his great rise this season, after a break out win earlier this season he once again was up the pointy end of the pack. Conley finished in second position with a time of 55:34.719.
The final spot on the J2 podium went to Max Phillips who put in a solid days riding to record a 55:59.061, which was good enough for third place.
AORC Round 8 J2 Provisional Top 5
- Billy Hargy 54:35.910
- Kobe Conley 55:34.719
- Max Phillips 55:59.061
- Taj Gow-Smith 56:04.003
- Zac Perry 58.33.934
The riders are back in action again tomorrow here at Kingston SE for Round 9, with another day full of sprints.
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