PRICE KEEPS HIS AORC WIN STREAK ROLLING IN ARATULA
It was a case of more of the same for defending champion Toby Price with the KTM rider claiming a double win at rounds seven and eight of 2015 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) at Aratula.
The Motorex KTM Off-Road Team rider – also the E3 class winner – held off a strong challenge from runner-up CDR Yamaha’s Chris Hollis – E2 class winner. On form, Hollis threatened to break the four-time AORC champion’s extended winning run.
Despite still restricted from his ankle injury sustained in the build up to the Finke Desert Race, Price was able to lead everyone home at the APRC both days.
“It’s good to come out with the two wins,” told Price. “Point’s wise the championship is now looking pretty good, but there is still a lot of points up for grabs.
“I was a little bit shocked with the result because when I was walking the tracks I was looking around and thinking this is going to be pretty hard work.”
Runner-up to Price both days, Hollis is back on top form following his early season injury…
“It was a shame I couldn’t quite win, but I was riding pretty well and Toby was riding really well. The tests were actually pretty fun. They were shorter than normal but it still made the racing really close.
Active8 Yamaha’s Beau Ralston rounded out the podium, while Daniel Sanders (Motorex KTM Off-Road Team) and Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha, E1 class winner) occupied the remaining positions in the top five.
In the other classes, the Transmoto 19 and Under category has been turned on its head with just 15 points separating the top four riders in the overall standings.
Suzuki rider Wil Ruprecht claimed round eight to make it two wins from two for the weekend – finishing ahead of new class leader Lyndon Snodgrass (Kawasaki Privateer) and Alex Papmanolis (Yamaha Privateer).
The 22 points Snodgrass gained from round eight was enough to see him leapfrog into first place in the overall standings, courtesy of previous leader Tom Mason missing the weekend with a broken collarbone and Peter Daniel Allen’s disqualification due to leaving the designated track limits.
In the Women’s, Sunday’s result replicated that of Saturday’s with Tayla Jones continuing on her merry way with yet another win. Jemma Wilson and Emelie Karlsson made it a Yamaha 1-2-3 in the class with a second and third place respectively.
The 2015 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship now heads to Kyogle, New South Wales on July 25-26 for Rounds 9 and 10 of the series.
ROUND 7 OUTRIGHT TOP 10
1. Toby Price (Motorex KTM Off-Road Racing, E3 Class)
2. Chris Hollis (CDR Yamaha, E2 Class)
3. Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha, E1 Class)
4. Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna Off-Road Racing, E3 Class)
5. Beau Ralston (Active8 Yamaha, E2 Class)
6. Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Off-Road Racing, E2 Class)
7. Tye Simmonds (KTM Off-Road Racing, E2 Class)
8. Daniel Sanders (KTM Off-Road Racing, E3 Class)
9. Geoff Braico (KTM Privateer, E2 Class)
10. Broc Grabham (Motul Pirelli Sherco Enduro Team, E2 Class)
ROUND 8 OUTRIGHT TOP 10
1st: Toby Price (Motorex KTM Off-Road Racing, E3)
2nd: Chris Hollis (CDR Yamaha, E2)
3rd: Beau Ralston (Active8 Yamaha, E2)
4th: Daniel Sanders (Motorex KTM Off-Road Racing, E3)
5th: Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha, E1)
6th: Tye Simmonds (Motorex KTM Off-Road Racing, E2)
7th: Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Off-Road Racing, E2)
8th: Broc Grabham (Motul Pirelli Sherco Enduro Team, E2)
9th: Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna Off-Road Racing, E3)
10th: Scott Keegan (Husqvarna Privateer, E2)