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Husqvarna’s Matthias Bellino has secured the top step of the Australian Four-Day Enduro podium with overall victory in the event.

  • Bellino wins A4DE in debut ride
  • It’s the first time since 2001 that Husqvarna won the race
  • Chris Hollis was runner-up finishing 12 seconds behind
  • Josh Green returned from injury for fourth
  • Shane Watts was 10th in Enduro 1

The Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team achieved the biggest victory of its short existence, when Mathias Bellino gave Husqvarna its first Australian Four-Day Enduro outright victory since Stefan Merriman won aboard the marque in 2001.

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Bellino overcame determined opposition from former winner Chris Hollis and defending champion Daniel Milner, to win the Aussie title on a Husqvarna FE 450, with a margin of a little over 12 seconds at the end of four days of racing and more than two hours of special tests.

“It's really good to win here especially in front of guys like Milner, Daniel Sanders and Hollis, so it was good to fight against them,” told Bellino. “I'm really happy to get this victory, for myself and for the team.

“I wasn't sure what to expect, there were not that many tests but they were awesome to ride, especially the fourth one. It was a great event, I'm glad I came this year, because it was fun to ride it also when you win that helps!”

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Returning from a near-yearlong injury, Josh Green put Yamaha on the top step of the Enduro 1 class podium finishing ahead of Husqvarna’s Glenn Kearney and KTM’s Jack Simpson.

Bellino also gave Husqvarna the Australian E2 championship win, ahead of Hollis and Milner.

Finishing fifth overall in the general classification, newly-crowned AORC champ Daniel Sanders (KTM) topped the Enduro 3 standings. Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna) was second with Lyndon Snodgrass (Husqvarna) third.

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Forty-four-year-old Aussie enduro racing legend and former World, ISDE and GNCC Champion Shane Watts raised plenty of eyebrows by taking his KTM 125 XC-W to the 11th fastest time in Tuesday's Prologue, before bringing the little beast home in 10th in class.

Yamaha’s Tayla Jones demolished her opposition in the Women’s class to take the category win by eight minutes over fellow Yamaha riders, Jemma Wilson and Jess Gardiner. Jones won every day. The win also makes it back to back A4DE victories for Jones.

Photo: John Pearson

 

2016 Australian Four Day Enduro

1. Mathias BELLINO 2:08:28.623

2. Chris HOLLIS 2:08:40.857

3. Daniel MILNER 2:09:04.995

4. Josh GREEN 2:09:11.774

5. Daniel SANDERS 2:10:10.920

6. Lachlan STANFORD 2:10:25.041

 

E1 Championship

1. Josh GREEN 2:09:11.774

2. Glenn KEARNEY 2:11:38.834

3. Jack SIMPSON 2:12:06.448

6. Fraser HIGLETT 2:15:56.030

 

E2 Championship

1. Mathias BELLINO 2:08:28.623

2. Chris HOLLIS 2:08:40.857

3. Daniel MILNER 2:09:04.995

5. Broc GRABHAM 2:13:12.684

 

E3 Championship

1. Daniel SANDERS 2:10:10.920

2. Lachlan STANFORD 2:10:25.041

3. Lyndon SNODGRASS 2:13:22.842

 

VETERANS

1. Dylan REES 2:16:40.701

2. Damian SMITH 2:17:37.748

3. Kirk HUTTON 2:19:26.115