Daniel Milner opens 2019 AORC Championship with double win 

2019 Australian Off Road Championship opening round wins for Milner, Sanders, Snodgrass and new boy Bacon.


Picking up exactly where he left off in 2018 and the ISDE in Chile, Daniel Milner began the 2019 Australian Off Road Championship (AORC) with two class wins and outright fastest times across two days racing. 

Milner, down-sizing to the 350 KTM this season and racing in E2 class, was fastest rider across the new AORC season's first two days of action which featured a Sprint format on day one and Enduro tests on day two.

Hot and humid conditions at the Toowoomba, Queensland event were tough and greeted riders with inevitable dusty conditions across the weekend. 


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Milner back to the top in Toowoomba

Milner finished with the fastest time on day one, maintaining a steady lead over the five tests to clock in a time of 58:12.545. Sanders chalked up a time of 58:18.484, despite a crash in test one, to be the only other rider in the same ballpark as Milner on overall times.

Things were just as dominant on day two, with Milner again taking the E2 class comfortably – by a healthy four minutes and the overall by over 20 seconds – ahead of Josh Green who finished Sunday’s three Enduro tests with a time of 38:33.191. Jeremy Carpentier came home in third.

With a successful weekend in the books, Milner said the opening rounds of the AORC season had been technically challenging on the new capacity KTM: “the biggest thing I took out from this weekend was the right technical skills are required to ride my new 350.

“Yesterday I found myself struggling in navigating the track, keeping the ball rolling and knowing what gear to ride. It doesn’t matter how hard we test in the off season, conditions seen today really put you to the test!

“All in all it was an awesome weekend for me, and I’ve picked up where I left off from last year. Everyone on the field seems to be getting faster, and it really goes to show that us Aussie riders are putting it to the world,” explained Milner.


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Sanders goes big in E3

Daniel Sanders took the E3 win across both days with similar ease to Milner. Just under three minutes ahead of his nearest class rival, Andrew Wilksch on day two, Sanders looked the class act despite crashes: “I experienced some crashes this weekend but kept my body healthy to recover as quickly as I could.” Said Daniel. “Coming out of this weekend I know how much harder I need to work on my fitness to close those gaps ahead of Dungog next month.” 


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New boy Bacon dominant in EJ

Enduro Junior class winner across both opening rounds of the 2019 AORC season was Kyron Bacon. Riding under the mentorship of Matthew Phillips, Bacon traded day one test wins with Josh Brierley to take the overall.

Bacon backed that up with the day two win finishing just shy of 50 seconds ahead of Brierley at the finish.

“I had an awesome day today ending up in the top ten fastest times for one of the tests. Hopefully we can continue to back up the success this weekend in Dungog next month,” said Kyron.

Phillips himself didn’t fare so well after taking fifth in E2 on day one. Matthew tweaked his knee on day two and needed a trip to hospital. 


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Perfect start to 2019 for Jess Gardiner 

With a victory on day two of just over three minutes, and just over two minutes on day one, Jess Gardiner began the 2019 AORC Women’s championship in perfect style taking comfortable wins.

Second behind Gardiner on day two was Emma Milesevic clocked a time of 47:36.299 on her maiden voyage in Enduro racing, who currently continues to compete in Motocross. Ebony Nielson took second on day one and sits on equal points after two rounds with Milesevic. 


2019 AORC Championship positions after round 1 + 2:

E1 class

  1. Lyndon SNODGRASS 47
  2. Luke STYKE 47
  3. Michael DRISCOLL 40
  4. 4Fraser HIGLETT 36
  5. Jonte REYNDERS 31
  6. Seton BROOMHALL 29
  7. Lachlan ALLAN 27
  8. Joseph COLE 24
  9. Mackenzie BOWSER 21
  10. Alexander RULOFF 20

E2 class

  1. Daniel MILNER 50
  2. Joshua GREEN 44
  3. Jeremy CARPENTIER 40
  4. Broc GRABHAM 36
  5. Brad HARDAKER 32
  6. Kristian SPRENGER 30
  7. Kaleb TREASURE 28
  8. Brent DEAN 25
  9. Wesley KEELEY 24
  10. Jack JUDGE 23

E3 class

  1. Daniel SANDERS 50
  2. Andrew WILKSCH 42
  3. Beau RALSTON 42
  4. Jesse LAWTON 36
  5. Matt MURRY 32
  6. Daniel WELSH 30
  7. Daniel MIDDLETON 27
  8. Timothy LONSDALE 27
  9. Jackson CALDWELL 24
  10. Luke MORRISON 22

Enduro Junior

  1. Kyron BACON 50
  2. Joshua BRIERLEY 44
  3. Harrison TEED 40
  4. Korey MCMAHON 34
  5. William PRICE 34
  6. Cooper SHEIDOW 30
  7. Riley NANCARROW 27
  8. Nathan HOWE 25
  9. Matt WATERS 25
  10. Mathew PYE 22

Enduro Women

  1. Jessica GARDINER 50
  2. Emma MILESEVIC 40
  3. Ebony NIELSEN 40
  4. Emelie KARLSSON 38
  5. Danielle FOOT 34


AORC returns on April 6-7 in Dungog, New South Wales for Rounds 3 and 4 which will run an Enduro format across both days.

More information: AORC.org.au


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