Stefan Merriman

3 Great Results at the Famous "Forrest 300" Enduro

12 May 2010

This weekend‟s saw rounds 1 and 2 of the NSW Enduro Champs held out of the showgrounds in the small country town of Dungog in the upper Hunter region of rural NSW.

Once again this event was considered by many to be one of the best rides on the Enduro calendar, with an amazing history going back to the mid 1970s.

GB rode it back in 1976 on a Bultaco Frontera, with the likes of „On Any Sunday‟ super star Malcolm Smith showing the way. For this year though Geoff was disappointed to not be able to make the legendary ride, but instead had a great representation present in the form of Stefan Merriman, Josh Ballard and Jess Gardiner.

Ben Burrell was still recovering from a broken arm suffered a practice accident, so it was up to the multi talented trio above to show their stuff.

Stefan Merriman certainly showed his incredible ability by blitzing both day‟s, and the outright wins on his WR450F.

Like last year Stefan was impressed with the clubs passion of putting in such a great ride with excellent special tests and being able to secure the showgrounds facilities and even ride down the main street and out onto the trails, like so many traditional old school events used to do. “I certainly enjoyed the ride and look forward to seeing what the club will come up for us in 2011!”

Josh Ballard again certainly showed that he has built up some serious Enduro speed after his great ride at the 4 Day in Portland. For the Forrest 300 Josh commented ”It was another top event this year and I really looked forward to the showground special test.

To pass Stefan in that, even if it was the only one he didn‟t smoke us in was a lot of fun” Josh finished the Saturday‟s ride in 2nd behind Stefan in ProE2, and managed 3rd behind Stefan and Jason Davis on the Sunday. Both days finishing a creditable 3rd outright.

Recently crowned A4DE women‟s champ Jess Gardiner showed not only all the other girls the way to do it, but fired her WR250F up in the showgrounds Saturday afternoon MX test to finish 3rd against the full field of guys as well, in the Clubman E1 moto.

By the events end she had comfortably won both days of her own women‟s class, making it now 4 out of 4 with the earlier 2 rounds of the Sprint Series going her way, up in North Western NSW rounds.

Next offroad event for the Ballards Wellard Yamaha team will be the rounds 5 and 6 of the AORC National Series on the South Coast of NSW on the 29th and 30th of this month.(After rounds 3 and 4 were cancelled due to heavy rains in Qld)

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