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AORC – Coonabarabran Insights

2 years ago

Pics: Luke de Graaf

All the facts, none of the waffle. We’ve cut out the boring bits of all the race reports we receive and left you with the good stuff. These are the insights into Round 5 and 6 of the 2012 Yamaha AORC, held at Coonabarabran.

  • The cross country format originally planned for Round 5 was scrapped at the last minute due to dusty conditions and was turned into a Sprint.
  • Motorex KTM Off-Road’s Toby Price had another perfect weekend, winning both rounds in the E3 class. He now holds a 19-point lead in the Outright standings and 12 in the E3 class.
  • Defending champion, Chris Hollis, had a disappointing weekend after finishing fifth in both rounds. His less-than-spectacular performance has seen him slide down to 11th Outright and third in the E2 class. Hollis’ Team Manager, Brad Williscroft, said Hollis is working through problems that is preventing him from riding at his full potential.
  • You’ve got to think that rumours Matt Phillips isn’t gelling with the 2012 Yamaha WR450F is false after his performance over the weekend. The young 18-year-old clocked the fastest time in a close battle with rivals Glenn Kearney and Jarrod Bewley and holds third Outright in the series.
  • Despite overshooting a few corners and hitting a couple of trees, Ballard’s Yamaha Off-Road’s Daniel Milner continued his dominate performance of the E1 class, holding off Josh Green and Ben Burrell for the win.
  • Milner claimed his sixth consecutive win in the E1 class, while Price did the same in the E3 class.
  • Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing’s Josh Green took second in the E1 class despite fracturing his wrist a week earlier.
  • Husqvarna’s Luka Bussa took fourth at both rounds but says he wasn’t happy with his results: “I struggled to find a rhythm and didn’t feel I was riding well.”
  • Ballard’s Yamaha Off-Road’s Stefan Merriman finished third both days and now sits eighth Outright.
  • Although suffering from a knee injury, Husaberg’s Scott Keegan finished fourth at Round 5 and third at Round 6.
  • Veteran Class rider and Master and Apprentice aficionado, Damian Smith, once again took top honours. Remaining unbeaten this season, he extends his points lead to 26.
  • Smith’s Apprentice, Callan Hayes (once again filled in for the injured Jack Hanckel), finished 16th and 12th in the E1 class.
  • Over 200 riders took to the three natural terrain sprint tracks at the Goanna Tracks Complex.
  • Seven of the top-10 Outright positions went to riders on Yamaha machines.

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