GREEN PUTS DENT IN PRICE’S AORC WINNING WAYS
Josh Green and Toby Price share top honours at rounds three and four of the 2015 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship in Hedley…
“It was pretty close to the perfect weekend,” told Green. “The series opener at Kilkivan was really fast so the 250f was on the back foot there, but at this round it was a bit more suited to the 250. It was great to get the win.”
Green, who completed the cross country circuit in a time of 3:22:14.718, held off strong challenges from KTM’s Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders (3:24:43.219) and Yamaha teammate Beau Ralston (3:25:40.915).
All three had their moments, with Sanders leading in the early laps, before Green grabbed control of the race at the beginning of lap four to lead from there on in. Ralston then engaged in a seesawing battle with Sanders, with each jostling throughout the day for a proper crack at the lead.
Defending AORC champion Toby Price finished in fourth position overall, while Husqvarna’s Lachlan Stanford rounded out the top five.
Yamaha’s Chris Hollis had a day to forget after succumbing to an elbow injury in a tangle on the first lap. Hollis was sent to hospital for scans, and was unable to take his place on the line for round four’s sprint.
After missing the podium on Saturday, Toby Price responded in perfect fashion at round four.
In a determined mood once the stopwatches came out and he took won all five heats on offer. With a total time of 59:27.689, Price easily claiming the E3 class win while extending his overall series lead.
“Yesterday was tough. Starting the cross country with a crash at the first turn wasn’t the best idea, but unfortunately that happens,” confirmed Price. “Trying to come through the pack I got filled in with heaps of dust and I crashed another three times out on the track.
“My sprint format work is pretty good at the moment, but I’m definitely still catching up a bit after Dakar. We’re only at round four, so there is a long way to go. As long as I stay smooth and consistent and try not to drop further back from a fourth place, I should be somewhere near the front by the end of the season.”
Round three winner Josh Green was again at the business end of the leader board with a time of 59:49.525 to secure his fourth E1 class victory on the trot and second overall, while Price’s KTM teammate Tye Simmonds (1:00:19.097) turned around the disappointment of crashing out on the final lap on the previous day to top the E2 Class and place third overall.
Round three runner-up Daniel Sanders (KTM) and Stefan Granqvist (Yamaha) rounded out the top five.
At round three Tom Mason had a fantastic day with a win in the Transmoto 19 and Under class. The KTM rider finished the day in 11th overall, one spot ahead of fellow young gun Lyndon Snodgrass on his Kawasaki. Wil Ruprecht finished in third.
At round four Mason made it two from two for the weekend to extend his lead in the overall standings. He was joined on the podium by Lyndon Snodgrass and Andrew Wilksch.
In the Women’s class, Yamaha Racing’s Tayla Jones continued on her dominant start to the series with a convincing win over nearest rival Jess Gardiner (Sherco) at round three. Yamaha’s Emelie Karlsson rounded out the podium in third.
Tayla Jones (Yamaha) again won the Women’s class at round four – this time winning four of the five heats on offer. Jess Gardiner (Sherco) managed to pip her nemesis in the last heat to claim second for the class, while Jemma Wilson (Yamaha) improved on her result from Saturday to claim third.
The 2015 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship will now head to Karoonda, South Australia for Rounds 5 and 6 on May 23-24.