After producing standout performances across four long and muddy days, the Ballard’s Yamaha Off-Road rider dug deep one last time to win the E1 Class final moto and seal the Outright victory with a margin of 1 minute 41 seconds.
“I’m so stoked to win an A4DE,” Milner said. “As soon as I finished the final moto, it felt unreal. I was relieved to have it over with and the Outright win for the first time - which has been a huge goal of mine ever since I was a kid. Taking the win in my hometown was also unreal - it felt amazing to have all the family there and all the supporters and all my mates were there too. Winning a four-day gets me pretty hungry to do it again. Especially seeing that number one on the bike next year - just makes me want to hang onto it.”
2011 Outright Champion Toby Price (Motorex KTM Off-Road) delivered a week of gutsy performances to finish second on the Outright standings board, with Italian visitor Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) riding to third.
Milner convincingly swept up the E1 Championship title with a winning margin of more than 3 minutes over Salvini and Victorian rider Peter Boyle (Honda).
The E2 Championship came down to the final moto, with Tasmanian charger Matt Phillips (Ballard’s Yamaha Off-Road) stepping up the pace at the 11th hour to steal the race and the Aussie title with a margin of just 20 seconds over Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna) and a minute and a half over Josh Green (Active Yamaha Yamalube).
Price picked up the E3 Championship title, making his way to the podium ahead of multi World Enduro Champion Stefan Merriman (Ballard’s Yamaha Off-Road) and rising Victorian threat Daniel Sanders (Bolton’s KTM).
Despite finishing sixth in the final moto, which belonged to Queensland dynamo Tayla Jones, Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha) stitched up her third consecutive Women’s Championship with more than 8 minutes advantage over Tanya Hearn (Pro Rider KTM) and Tamara Gray (Yamaha).
The 2013 edition will take place in Harvey, Western Australia from 17-20 July next year. For more information please visit www.2013a4de.com.au.
A4DE Overall Results
1. Daniel Milner (Yamaha)
2. Toby Price (KTM)
3. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna)
4. Matt Phillips (Yamaha)
5. Stefan Merriman (Yamaha)
6. Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna)
7. Peter Boyle (KTM)
8. Josh Green (Yamaha)
9. Daniel Sanders (KTM)
10. Ben Grabham (KTM)