A sun-soaked day saw the field back for another time carded enduro today for Round Six of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) as Daniel Milner made the Dungog terrain his own. Aboard his KTM 500 EXC-F Milner was a class above as the fastest rider on the track as he took out E3 honours.
In E2 it was Daniel Sanders making it six from six aboard his Husqvarna, but today definitely wasn’t smooth sailing for Sanders, but he showed his class to recompose himself after bike issues and take the win.
Luke Styke got back on the winner’s step in E1 after the Yamaha rider suffered his first loss of the season on Saturday, proving to fast for the field.
Milner mentioned yesterday that he wanted to put a tough month behind him and boy did the KTM rider do that, Milner was a man on a mission from the first test of the day. The tracks were getting rougher as the day progressed but that didn’t slow Milner down as he stopped the clock at 51:01.310.
Lachlan Stanford backed up his second place on Saturday with another solid performance today after finishing in a time of 53:11.058. In his first round on his new KTM Scott Keegan is looking at home very quickly as he grabbed a pair of third place finishes, after ending Sunday with a time of 53:41.357.
Milner was thrilled with the test provided by Dungog Motorcycle Club, “The Cross test here this weekend was up there with one of my favourite test we have come across in AORC, the layout was great and had nice lines. Today was a bit slower this morning but we got through that and tried to limit our mistakes today as the tracks deuterated as the day went on. It was great to put the last month behind me after Hattah, I wanted to push hard and get the win, I had put everything into today and we got the win,” finished Milner.
Round 6 AORC E3 Provisional Results
1. Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Factory Racing Team) 51:01.310
2. Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Enduro Factory Racing Team) 53:11.058
3. Scott Keegan 53:41.357
4. Broc Grabham 53:41.461
5. Kane Hall 54:17.525
Sanders was once again the man to beat in the E2 class, but today wasn’t without its struggles after a technical fault halfway through the day threatened to end Sanders day early. After needing to put his mechanical hat on during the trail, Sanders managed to put the wires together and get his Husqvarna back on track. After this Sanders was a man on a mission and nothing was getting in his way of claiming back the time he had lost due to his mechanical issue, and did he ever, taking the win with a time of 52:43.042.
Mr consistent Josh Green would finish today’s racing in second position to back up his second on Saturday. The Yamaha rider will take a lot of momentum out of this weekend after ending today in 52:57.406. The podium was rounded out by KTM’s Lyndon Snodgrass who pushed through the enduro to end with a time of 53:15.452.
Sanders enjoyed the first enduro of the season,” The first enduro of the AORC series, it was nice to see an old school enduro with some technical aspects. The tests were good I enjoyed that they were tough, and it separated the pack. Today was a tough day for me when I was battling away with Milner up the front but on the second lap of the trail I had a fuse go, and I had to go back to my apprentice days to get the bike going again. I was lucky enough to make up the time I lost in the remaining test and grab the win,” said Sanders.
Round 6 AORC E2 Provisional Results
1. Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna Enduro Factory Racing Team) 52:43.042
2. Josh Green (Actve8 Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team) 52:57.406
3. Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM Enduro Factory Racing Team) 53:15.452
4. Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team) 54:04.930
5. Stefan Granquist 54:09.894
Luke Styke jumped straight back in the winner’s circle after taking the E1 win today after his first loss of the season yesterday. Styke looked to be enjoying the conditions as they became tougher throughout the day, but the Yamaha rider made it look easy stopping the clock at 53:20.324.
After his breakthrough win yesterday Fraser Higlett would have to settle for second as the Husqvarna rider finished todays enduro with a time of 53:37.975. Frenchman Jeremy Carpentier made his way onto the final step of the podium today, as he pushed his Yamaha to the limits over the day completing the track in 54:14.983.
Round 6 AORC E1 Provisional Results
1. Luke Styke (Active8 Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team) 53:20.324
2. Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna Enduro Factory Racing Team) 53:37.975
3. Jeremy Carpentier (MX Store Ballards Off-Road Team) 54:14.983
4. Jack Simpson 54:15.008
5. Brad Hardaker 56:21.233
125cc Amateur Cup
At the first weekend of AORC and the 125cc Amateur Cup it would be Geoff Braico backing up his win on Saturday with another win today. Aboard his Husqvarna Braico simply was a class above with a time of 55:21.831. Ben Grabham was back out again today loving his time on the 125cc Sherco machine, stopping the clock at 57:02.586.
The Championship now moves onto Broken Hill for Round 7, with the Juniors on Saturday and the Seniors on Sunday for our first Cross-Country of the season. As usual to stay up to date with all the AORC action head to AORC website, like AORC on Facebook and follow AORC on Instagram.
Photos courtesy of John Pearson Media