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MILNER ON AN AORC CHARGE

3 weeks ago | Words: Matt Bernard/AORC | Photos: KTM/GasGas/Yamaha

Daniel Milner’s return to Australia is continue to pay-off, as the KTM rider further cements his outright AORC domination.

ROUND 5 WRAP

E1

After a hapless end to Mount Misery’s round four thanks to a chain issue, Bacon came out swinging in round five. After six sprints, the Tasmanian was unbeatable in E1 with a total time of 40:35.610. Bacon won by over one minute ahead of Korey McMahon (GASGAS Australia, Motorex, 41:50.297), followed by Tom Buxton (KTM Australia, DM31 Racing Team, 43:46.828) in third.
“Took a little bit to get going today but I still managed some decent test times,” said Bacon.
“It feels good to be back on the top step in the E1 class. Korey and I have been battling since Mount Misery, so it’s good to get the Yamaha back on top.
“Conditions out there are pretty rough. There’s dust everywhere. You have to be aware all the time, with roots everywhere that can catch you out and the dust makes it hard to see what’s underneath. It’s going to be an interesting day tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it!”

Tom Buxton

Round five E1 provisional results:

1. Kyron Bacon (Shop Yamaha Off Road Racing Team) 40:35.610
2. Korey McMahon (GASGAS Australia, Motorex) 41:50.297
3. Tom Buxton (KTM Australia, DM31 Racing Team) 43:46.828

E2

Is it any surprise that the DM31 Racing team member was up front all day in E2? Milner claimed another exceptional win, leaving his competition in the literal dust with a victory of just over 40 seconds. The WR450F track didn’t seem to faze the seasoned racer, who screamed across each and every test without so much as a hint of worry.
“Round five went well for me,” said Milner.
“We have come out here to a pretty dry track due to lack of rain but the track has been awesome!
“I just tried to stay smooth and consistent and not make any mistakes, which we did, so I felt good and strong in my riding. I also feel like I’ve had a good amount of time on the bike since my injury.
“It’s been a good day and I’m looking forward to tomorrow!”
Behind Milner in second place was once again Jonte Reynders (Motul Pirelli Sherco). While the Tasmanian couldn’t maintain the speeds set by Milner, he comfortably protected his silver medal.
Will Dennett (Shop Yamaha, Threesix Motorsports) clinched the third step today, ahead of Max Midwinter (Ride Tune Suspension, Blue Lake Motorcycles) by just over 40 seconds. The Queenslander was at home on the sandy track, clocking off with a total time of 41:41.013.

Round five E2 provisional results:

1. Daniel Milner (KTM Australia, DM31 Racing Team) 40:06.912
2. Jonte Reynders (Motul Pirelli Sherco) 40:49.568
3. Will Dennett (Shop Yamaha, Threesix Motorsports) 41:41.013

E3

There was a shake-up in E3 today with current championship leader Riley McGillivray (Shepparton Motorcycles, KTM) not at his bullocking best, leaving the top step wide open.
After six tough sprints, Jye Dickson (Beta Racing Australia) stole the show, claiming first ahead of Stefan Granquist (Husqvarna).
Granquist’s fellow Husqvarna racer Billy Hargy (Simford Group Motorsport) was third.
“The tracks were sandy and chewed up, which I race back home, so I felt pretty comfortable out there. There was a lot of tricky roots and sandy whoops,” said Dickson.
“Stefan and I had a pretty tight race all day so I’m planning on staying consistent tomorrow to help protect my spot in first.”

Round five E3 provisional results:
1. Jye Dickson (Beta Racing Australia) 41:27.546
2. Stefan Granquist (Husqvarna) 42:14.622
3. Billy Hargy (Simford Group Motorsport) 43:18.589

EW

McDonald carried over her recent momentum into round five as she claimed the spoils ahead of Jess Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) by 25 seconds.
“Round five was great! The track conditions really suit me, especially compared to Mount Misery, so I really thrived out there,” said McDonald.
“The competition between me and Jess was really cool! We went back and forth all day, pushing each other to get the best results.”

Round five EW provisional results:

1. Danielle McDonald (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 47:56.797
2. Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 48:21.623
3. Emelie Karlsson (Cassons, Husqvarna) 49:51.797

ROUND 6 WRAP

Edenhope threw everything it had at the 2024 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship presented by MXstore (AORC) riders! Round 6 Sprints featured dust as far as the eye can see, sprinkled with some rain in the afternoon to mix things up.

Our Seniors moved onto the Offroad Advantage track and after five Sprints, consecutive wins were clinched by Kyron Bacon (Shop Yamaha Off Road Racing Team) in E1, Daniel Milner (KTM Australia, DM31 Racing Team) in E2, Jye Dickson (Beta Racing Australia) in E3 and Danielle McDonald (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) in EW. Over in EJ though, Davey Gear (Limestone Coast Motorcycles, Yamaha Australia) stole the show and claimed the top step.

Milner once again claimed the fastest overall time, finishing with a total time of 36:39.765.

E1

Bacon had a slower than usual start, losing the first Test to rival, Korey McMahon. As the day wore on though, Bacon was a sight to be seen as he screamed across the Offroad Advantage track. After five Sprints, Bacon won the day in E1 with a total time of 37:02.818.
McMahon settled for second place, thanks to a total time of 38:04.495. Behind McMahon in third was once again Tom Buxton. Buxton clocked off Round 6 with a total time of 39:42.850.

2024 AORC Round 6 E1 Top 3 Provisional Results:

  1. Kyron Bacon (Shop Yamaha Off Road Racing Team) 37:02.818
  2. Korey McMahon (GASGAS Australia, Motorex) 38:04.495
  3. Tom Buxton (KTM Australia, DM31 Racing Team) 39:42.850

E2

Does it come as any surprise that Milner was in fine form, for day two here in Edenhope? Claiming another consecutive E2 win and the fastest overall time once again, you wouldn’t even know the KTM racer was injured recently.
Motul Pirelli Sherco’s Jonte Reynders took away a consecutive second place finish in E2, fending off the likes of Will Dennett (Shop Yamaha, Threefive Motorsports) and Thynan Kean (Race ready suspension, Elliott bros). Reynders clocked off today with a total time of 37:02.921.
Although the sand suits Dennett, he couldn’t quite crack the second-place spot, settling instead for a consecutive third place finish. Dennett ended Round 6 with a total time of 38:16.078.


2024 AORC Round 6 E2 Top 3 Provisional Results:

  1. Daniel Milner (KTM Australia, DM31 Racing Team) 36:39.765
  2. Jonte Reynders (Motul Pirelli Sherco) 37:02.921
  3. Will Dennett (Shop Yamaha, Threefive Motorsports) 38:16.078

E3

Edenhope has been the perfect weekend for Dickson! Claiming back-to-back E3 wins, the Beta rider is looking like prime competition for the 2024 Championship title. At home on the sandy Offroad Advantage track, Dickson finished Round 6 with a total time of 37:41.601.
Husqvarna’s Stefan Granquist clocked off with a total time of 38:28.617 and the second-place spot, just ahead of Simford Group Motorsport’s Billy Hargy. With just over 30 seconds difference between these two Husqvarna riders, E3 is heating up as the action increases. Hargy settled for third place, with a total time of 39:07.011.

2024 AORC Round 6 E3 Top 3 Provisional Results:

  1. Jye Dickson (Beta Racing Australia) 37:41.601
  2. Stefan Granquist (Husqvarna) 38:28.617
  3. Billy Hargy (Simford Group Motorsport) 39:07.011

EW

McDonald is sure to be celebrating as she leaves Edenhope and Victoria! With three consecutive EW wins, McDonald is quickly becoming a strong contender for the 2024 EW Championship title. McDonald finished five Sprints across the Offroad Advantage track with a total time of 44:40.880.
Fellow teammate and 2023 Champion, Jess Gardiner was hot on McDonald’s heels all day. After five Sprints though, the Yamaha racer just couldn’t quite beat McDonald’s speeds and settled instead, for second place. Gardiner clocked off with a total time of 45:59.479.
Not far behind and claiming the third and final podium spot, was Emelie Karlsson (Cassons, Husqvarna). Karlsson continues to protect the bronze medal. The Husqvarna racer finished Round 6 with a total time of 46:10.748.

2024 AORC Round 6 EW Top 3 Provisional Results:

  1. Danielle McDonald (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 44:40.880
  2. Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 45:59.479
  3. Emelie Karlsson (Cassons, Husqvarna) 46:10.748

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