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YAMAHA AORC SUPPORT CONTINUES

4 weeks ago | Words: Matt Bernard | Photos: YMA

The upcoming 2024 Off-Road Championships in Australia (AORC) will once again witness a significant presence from Yamaha, as Yamaha Motor Australia extends its enduring partnership with the championship. Yamaha has been a key player in the Australian Off-Road Championship for over two decades, and their commitment remains strong in 2024, with the bLU cRU once again securing the naming rights for this prestigious event. The championship spans 12 rounds over six weekends, showcasing some of the finest riding terrains in the country and featuring the top off-road pilots.

Leading the charge for Yamaha at AORC will be the formidable ShopYamaha Off-Road Team, comprising the dynamic duo of Kyron Bacon and Wil Dennett. Bacon, a Tasmanian sensation, is determined to reclaim his AORC number 1 plate after a setback in the 2023 season due to injury. Despite facing challenges, Bacon demonstrated resilience and managed to secure a podium position by the end of the season. With the return of formidable competitors like Daniel Milner and the rise of talents like Jonte Reynders and Wil Dennett, Bacon is geared up for the tough competition.

Wil Dennett, stepping into the E2 division after the retirement of Josh Green, earned his spot on the premier team with outstanding performances in the Under 19 class in 2023. His progress with bLU cRU support and the guidance of AJ Roberts sets the stage for an exciting debut in the E2 category. Dennett is eager to fill the shoes left by the retiring Green and has worked hard over the off-season to enhance his riding skills and fitness.

In addition to the ShopYamaha Off-Road Team, Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off-Road Racing, led by Jess Gardiner, aims to build on the success of the 2023 season. Gardiner, a nine-time AORC champion, faces stiff competition from her teammate Danielle McDonald in the senior women’s class. The seasoned veteran versus the fast and stylish McDonald promises an intriguing battle over the 12 rounds.

Jeremy Carpentier, racing in the E2 class on the WR450F, expresses enthusiasm for the new season, citing the exhilarating performance of the all-new WR450F built for Australian conditions.

Yamaha bLU cRU Support continues to play a crucial role, with riders Cooper Sheidow, Wil Dennett, and Jett Yarnold achieving notable success in their debut season in 2023. Sheidow, the reigning E1 champion, looks to continue his upward trajectory in the 2024 season, while Yarnold, having impressed in the EJ category, enters the championships as a strong contender in the development category.

The GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing team, with Marcus Nowland and Harley Hutton, returns for the 2024 season. Hutton, a standout performer in the 85cc class, aims to secure the number one plate on his YZ85, while Nowland, having gained valuable experience in his first year on larger bikes, sets his sights high for the upcoming season.

The 2024 AORC kicks off in March, featuring 12 rounds and concluding in September, promising thrilling off-road action and intense competition throughout the season.

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