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2021 AORC Calendar: Announced

2 months ago | Words: Andy Wigan | Photos: Motorcycling Australia/Troy Pears

The revolving door of boarder closures in Australia since March this year has made life difficult for everybody. But spare a thought for those trying to stage national championship events scheduled to take place in several states around the country. Yep, it’s been a bloody nightmare for them. And that’s why the 2020 AORC’s 12-round series was abbreviated to just three, which determined this year’s title winners.

But today, there’s good reason for Aussie off-road racers to look forward, not backwards, with the official announcement from Motorcycling Australia (MA) about the AORC’s 2021 12-round race calendar. Here’s the guts of that PR…

The AORC Management Team are thrilled to reveal The Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC), presented by MXStore, 2021 calendar. It will feature 12 action-packed rounds across six tantalising venues, visiting four states across the country as the championship kicks back into gear.

The 2021 AORC will continue the double-header format, kicking off the season at Nowra, NSW, on March 27 and 28 for Rounds 1 and 2. Nowra was set to run in 2020 and we know it is now more than ready to provide sensational racing and will be a Championship highlight to start off the year in style.

Rounds 3 and 4, on April 17 and 18, will be held in Victoria at a yet-to-be-finalised venue.

For the fourth time in six years, the Championship then returns to picturesque Kyogle, NSW, for Rounds 5 and 6 on July 17 and 18, before heading north to Queensland Moto Park (QMP) for Rounds 7 and 8 on August 6 and 7 (which, in a first for the AORC, will run in conjunction with Round 6 of the new-look ProMX Championship).

The AORC returns to the sand of Kingston SE, South Australia, on September 18 and 19 for the penultimate weekend as the venue plays host to Rounds 9 and 10.

The Championship grand finale, Rounds 11 and 12, is set to take place at Omeo, Victoria, on October 16 and 17. The Championship finished spectacularly there in 2018, and in 2021 it will do the same as the AORC will be able to crown all of its champions.

With all 14 Championship classes set to continue in 2021, there will be something for all types of riders, from the smallest of Juniors to the world’s best off-road riders. Keep your eyes peeled as we reveal the classes in the coming weeks.

“The AORC Management Team have worked together to bring the championship back in 2021, and we are sure both riders and fans are eager to get back to the track in the new year for some sensational racing,” said Motorcycling Australia CEO, Peter Doyle. “With large fields expected across all classes, there’s so many different opportunities to go racing. And with the backing of all our industry partners and host clubs, we can’t wait to get the show back on the road to the see the world best riders go head to head out in the bush,” Doyle went on to say.

The AORC Management Team can also reveal the championship will return to Tasmania in 2022.

Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2021 AORC by visiting the AORC website at www.aorc.org.au, Facebook or @aorc on Instagram. And don’t forget to download the Official AORC app via Team App. It’s as easy as download Team App and search ‘AORC’!

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