Daniel Sanders tops the overall and E3 class at round seven of the 2019 Australian Off Road Championship in Broken Hill, New South Wales
Broken Hill proved to be one of the most unforgiving AORC rounds this season with changing weather hitting hard during the weekend. The championship continued mixing disciplines and for round seven it featured a timed prologue and a cross-country race that took the riders out for nine laps of a demanding 27-kilometre course.
After a thrilling prologue where Daniel Sanders claimed the top spot, the Husqvarna rider continued his strong performance through the cross-country race to claim the E3 class win and the overall.
Giving continuity to his perfect season Daniel Milner got the E2 class win once more but had to contend himself with second overall.
Lyndon Snodgrass was on a mission in the E1 class and crossed the finish line first, nearly four minutes ahead of the next rider.
Sanders the man to beat in E3
Sanders proved once more that he is at a level above anyone else in the E3 class. After taking the prologue win Chucky continued his strong performance through the cross-country race to clinch a well-deserved victory.
Second place went to the Sherco rider Andy Wilksch, nearly four minutes behind Sanders, and Alexander Bolton was third to claim his first podium finish this season.
“Today was good. I took off from the first start today which helped me put in a clean gap, marking a major change from this time last year in Broken Hill,” said Chucky at the finish line.
“The conditions were tough but you just had to keep wiping the goggles and manage the high speeds. Come the end of the day, I’m just happy to finish safe.”
Milner continues with his dominance in E2
Continuing with his perfect season Daniel Milner topped the E2 class once more at the seventh round of the AORC. Swapping to a KTM 450 EXC-F or the injuries sustained the past few months didn’t seem to affect Milner’s performance as he was hardly challenged by anyone in the class.
The Yamaha riding duo of Josh Green and Jeremy Carpentier did everything they could to stop the KTM rider but they had to content themselves with second and third places respectively.
“The conditions out here were pretty crazy, so my day was rough! I know I said last year was the driest I’ve ever seen it, but this year the conditions are definitely the driest I’ve ever seen,” admitted Milner.
“I’m absolutely stoked to get through the day! I pushed as hard as I could and did everything I could to get the win!”
E1 honours for Snodgrass
The E1 class win is always hard to predict as the smallest capacity class is full of young talent. This time Lyndon Snodgrass posted the fastest time over the nine laps and claimed a well-earned win over the current class leader, Luke Styke. Third place went to the newest ISDE team member Fraser Higlett.
“Today was good out here in Broken Hill. It was pretty brutal out there but I hung in there to get the class win,” said Snodgrass.
The EJ class suffered a major upset at the seventh round with Josh Brierley going a gear up and topping the podium ahead of Korey McMahon and Kyron Bacon.
In the Women’s class Jessica Gardiner’s winning streak was put to an end by Emma Milesevic. The Honda RideRed rider regrouped from a bad prologue and went on to win the Saturday’s race with Gardiner second and Emelie Karlsson third.
The AORC will return to action on August 31 and September 1 for rounds eight and nine at Coonalpyn, South Australia.
More information and results: AORC.org.au
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