They were on fire yesterday on the bLU cRU test, tackling plenty of obstacles to challenge and develop their skill base. Today’s OffRoad Advantage test was no different, presenting our Junior Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) competitors with a super sandy, deep rutted course that combined technicality with high speeds.
After five laps, Round 9 featured the same class victors as Round 8, with Sam Pretscherer, Riley McGillivray (AJ’s Motorcycles Superstore) and Billy Hargy (Husqvarna) in their respective J4, J3 and J2 classes.
Backing it up after an enormously successful Round 8 yesterday here in Coonaplyn, South Australia, Pretscherer comfortably took out the J4 class win today with a total time of 52:53.633. Riding into second place was Zak Crafter, with a total time of 54:55.161.
The third and final podium position for Round 9 was taken out by Mackenzie Johnson (Motocity Yamaha), who slid back a position today after an impressive battle yesterday. Johnson clocked in a total time of 55:54.494.
“Today was really good and the competition was super strong. Mackenzie was two seconds off me at one point so it was a good tough race,” highlighted Pretscherer.
2019 AORC Round 9 J4 Top 10 Provisional Results:
- Sam Pretscherer 52:53.633
- Zak Crafter 54:55.161
- Mackenzie Johnson (Motocity Yamaha) 55:54.494
- Kobe Conley (City Bike Centre) 56:40.029
- Charlie Milton 57:02.839
- Oscar Collins 59:24.476
- Jack Lydford (Frank Spice Yamaha) 1:00:01.739
- Mitchell Stanway 1:00:16.124
- Alex Krieg 1:02:12.121
- Jordan Starick 1:02:41.045
On his way to becoming the next AORC J3 Champion, McGillivray was a demon behind the handlebars as he rode into first place today with a total time of 55:23.933. Following McGillivray into second place today was Kodi Stephens, who breathed hot down his rivals next all day, to finish with a total time of 55:54.285.
Third place today was won by Taj Gow-Smith, who crossed the finish line with a total time of 57:39.284.
“I had an awesome day but struggled a fair bit. Kodi pushed me real hard all day so I had to work even harder to win the class,” confirmed McGillivray.
2019 AORC Round 9 J3 Top 10 Provisional Results:
- Riley McGillivray (AJ’s Motorcycles Superstore) 55:23.933
- Kodi Stephens 55:54.285
- Taj Gow-Smith 57:39.284
- William Dennett 57:48.160
- Clay Burnett 58:31.967
- Alexander Head 59:04.649
- Jack Bithell 59:36.863
- Chad Tate Sparrow 1:00:04.455
- Maxwell Liebeknecht 1:00:38.503
- Thomas Foster (A & T Firewood Supplies) 1:01:59.132
Hargy is on a mission and it looks like he can’t be stopped! Clocking in a total time of 56:13.375, Hargy landed in first place well ahead of the competition. Max Phillips (T & K Phillips Transport) claimed second place today, finishing with a total time of 58:48.833.
Rounding out the podium today in J2 was Campbell Hall, with a total time of 58:51.372, missing on second place by just under three seconds!
“Today was a lot better than yesterday and we still managed to get the win,” explained Hargy.
“I’m feeling pretty wretched right now after feeling pretty unwell all week, so it’s a great sweetner to come away with the win.”
2019 AORC Round 9 J2 Top 10 Provisional Results:
- Billy Hargy (Husqvarna) 56:13.375
- Max Phillips (T & K Phillips Transport) 58:48.833
- Campbell Hall 58:51.372
- Luke Chellas (Northbound Driver Training) 1:00:30.714
- Thomas Vance (501 Motorsport) 1:03:06.926
- Oliver Pitchford 1:04:15.014
- Seth Carpenter 1:04:16.135
- Max Midwinter 1:05:06.510
- William Vella 1:06:43.623
- Max Mensforth (Craig Mills Construction) 1:07:06.917
AORC’s Juniors now travel South East to Hedley, Victoria from September 14-15 for Rounds 10 & 11. With vital points still up for grabs, the final two rounds of the Championship will be intense as each competitor vies for a coveted AORC Championship title!
Don’t miss a minute of the action of the 2019 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the AORC Website at aorc.org.au, or by following the Yamaha AORC on Twitter and Facebook as well as @aorc on Instagram. Don’t forget to download the Official AORC app via Team App. It’s as easy as download Team App and search ‘AORC’!