The Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) paddock will once again become a hive of activity this weekend at Miva, QLD May 13-14. There is plenty to look out for as the Championship heats up for the eagerly anticipated Rounds 5 & 6, as we learn about the local tracks, racing, riders and how to keep up with all the happenings over the weekend.
The town of Miva is located between the Gympie Region and the Fraser Coast in South East Queesnland, approximately two and a half hours from Brisbane. The region has recently experienced rainfall over the week but conditions are looking promising for this weekend. Dust is often a factor on these tracks but will hopefully be downplayed with the recent showers, providing ideal conditions for competitors.
The Yamaha AORC visited the Woolooga State School this morning to give kids a close look at several competition bikes with riders, Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team), Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Enduro Team) Jemma Wilson and Lachlan Allan. It’s great to see the riders put a smile on the dials of the young kids as they got a close look at the bikes! Visiting the local schools is part of giving back to the local communities that welcome the teams and riders of the Yamaha AORC with open arms.
This weekend’s racing will include two Sprint Races. The rider in each class with the least total elapsed time will be declared the winner on each day. Miva includes three different test tracks, which provide a varied mix of terrain. The YZ450FX Test Track includes elements that are tight and technical with rocky fixtures but also fast and flowing country sections. The WR450F and bLU cRU Test Tracks are both fast and free flowing with grass tracks that race through gullies. There are plenty of great vantage points to watch the competitors brave the tracks at full noise.
Back at the Rawson Rounds, a number of rider’s stamped their authority in their respective classes. Riders Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team), Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Team), Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM Enduro Team), and Michael Driscoll (Yamaha) were all impressive for the Senior classes. It will be interesting to see whether Milner continues this impressive display, or perhaps rival Joshua Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team) may be the one to take the fight to Milner in the competitive E2 class. Miva will set the stage for a monumental battle between the Factory teams as they attempt to gain the upper hand in the Championship.
There are a myriad of different ways to keep up with the Yamaha AORC action. Make sure to visit aorc.org.au including news and reports on the AORC website at www.aorc.org.au, following the Facebook, @aorc on Instagram and don’t forget to add ‘motorcyclingaus’ on Snapchat. Stay tuned to see which riders come out on top!
Directions to the Miva tracks can be accessed by clicking here.
|2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar|
|Round 5 & 6: Miva, QLD||13 – 14 May 2017|
|Round 7 & 8: Renmark, SA||24 – 25 June 2017|
|Round 9 & 10: Kyogle, NSW||22 – 23 July 2017|
|Round 11 & 12: Omeo, VIC||5 – 6 August 2017|
|(Round 1 & 2: Dungog, NSW||(Postponed TBA)|
Photos: Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team), Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Enduro Team) Jemma Wilson and Lachlan Allan at the school visit. Top photo courtesy of Woolooga State School.
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