KTM’s Daniel Milner set the tone for rounds seven and eight at the Australian Off Road Championship in Renmark to win both days.

The Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) put on a mega show at Renmark, SA over the weekend, as riders battled thick sand, with mega talent levels of competitors on full display. 

The Renmark tracks were a sight to behold on Saturday & Sunday, despite the lack of recent rain causing huge amounts of dust to be kicked up by the bikes. As the championship has now progressed past the halfway mark of the season, riders knew that collecting wins at Renmark would be critical. Certain riders stood out from the pack and stamped their claim to fight for their respective titles.

E1 class was highlighted by a monumental scrap between Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team’s Wil Ruprecht and Scott Keegan of the Snap Fitness Yamaha Team. Keegan just snuck ahead of Ruprecht to take the win by only a couple of seconds during Saturday’s Super Sprint race. Ruprecht managed to turn the tables on Keegan on Sunday. The E1 title could go right down to the wire between these two talented riders. As it stands, Ruprecht is the current E1 Championship leader.

 

Danile Milner AORC 1 1200

Photo Credit: John Pearson Media
 

KTM Enduro Team’s Daniel Milner was simply sensational in E2 once again. The ‘mighty Milner’ continued his domination in 2017 by taking another double victory. The wins increase his runaway lead in the championship points. Despite rare mistakes including a fall in the second heat on Sunday, Milner was simply too strong to be knocked off his perch. 

The greatest threat to the KTM rider this time was local Riley Graham on a Yamaha. Graham developed a liking to the Renmark track and pushed Milner as hard as he could. Josh Green has typically been Milner’s closest challenger but couldn’t quite manage to compete for the victory. The Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team rider finished third overall for the weekend.

E3 was a Lyndon Snodgrass dominated affair. The KTM Enduro Team Rider bounced back with two victories in his class. Snodgrass is now tied on points with Husqvarna Enduro Team’s Lachlan Stanford who finished second overall in class. The battle between these two stars is developing into one of the greatest rivalries on track and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top next time!

The Under 19’s Transmoto EJ class was dominated by young gun, Fraser Higlett who was one of the major stories of the weekend. For an EJ rider to be mixing it up amongst riders with much more experience is a sight to behold. Without a doubt Higlett has much to look forward to in the future.

After the exciting rounds at Renmark, its time to look towards Rounds 9 & 10 at Kyogle, NSW (July 22-23).

 

Yamaha AORC Championship Standings 

E1 
1       Wil RUPRECHT         139
2       Scott KEEGAN           134
3       Baylee DAVIES           102
4       Brad HARDAKER       100
5       Jack SIMPSON            89
6       Justin PARKER            80
7       Tom JONES                  40
8       Simon BOYD                34
9       Rick IRELAND              32
10      Kristian SPRENGER    29

E2
1       Daniel MILNER             150
2       Josh GREEN                128
3       Riley GRAHAM             119
4       Stefan GRANQUIST     104
5       Broc GRABHAM             98
6       Andrew WILKSCH          65
7       Daniel COLLINS             41
8       Kaleb TREASURE          40
9       Seth MULLER                 30
10      Ivan LONG                     27

E3
1       Lachlan STANFORD      141
2       Lyndon SNODGRASS    141
3       Tom MASON                  120
4       Jesse LAWTON               63
5       Beau RALSTON              36
6       Kane HALL                      36
7       Joel JAMES                     34
8       Lincoln BIRD                    33
9       Troy SHERIDAN              30
10      Hayden CONROY          30

EJ
1       Fraser HIGLETT             139
2       Michael DRISCOLL        134
3       Nic TOMLINSON            102
4       Johnson DALTON           100
5       Jonte REYNDERS           89
6       Jacob PEACOCK             80
7       Seton BROOMHALL        40
8       Lachlan ALLAN                34
9       Jack MATTHEWS             32
10      Luke STRAUCH               29