Tom McCormack takes the E1 class win at the 2014 A4DE
Stefan Granquist gave the team its second podium result with third in the E3 class
Beau Ralston was impressive on his way to fifth.
Josh Green battled through an ankle injury

McCormack Snares E1 Victory for Active8 Yamaha

18 Aug 2014

The Active8 Yamaha team claimed its first national off road championship after Tom McCormack took the win in the E1 division at the 2014 Australian Four Day Enduro, held recently at Dungog, NSW.

McCormack on his Yamaha YZ250F, won the his division by nearly 2 minutes over Peter Boyle and US import Mike Brown. After a sluggish start on day one, McCormack found his groove on day two and charged to the lead and never let it go.

With next to no problems throughout the event, McCormack had a clear run until the finish with the YZ250F on song all week. Victory in the class also gave him seventh in the outright standings.

“It wasn’t a great start for me but I guess I was still placed well and when my riding came around, I was able to get to the front and get the win,” McCormack explained. “Last year I went pretty close to getting the win, so it’s nice to see the improvement in my riding and also give the team its first national championship.”

Stefan Granquist also made the podium in the E3 class, taking his WR475F to third place after a long battle with Glenn Kearney and Daniel Saunders. Granquist got off to a great start on day one but slipped back a couple of spots at the event wore on.

He was in a position to challenge for second place in the final moto, but a fall cost him valuable time and he had to settle for third place, 12th place outright.

“All up it was a pretty good week for me and a podium finish is always nice. The opportunity to get second was there in the final moto but it wasn’t to be but I felt I rode well all week and we were right in contention all the way through.”

In terms of an outright result, Beau Ralston led the team with an impressive fifth place finish, the same in the premier E2 class. Ralston finished hot on the heels of the internationally experienced, Daniel Milner, Toby Price, Chris Hollis and Josh Strang in a coming of age event for the New South Welshmen.

During the week, he finished fourth on day three, his highest finish for the year, as well as victory in the final motocross test on the last day.

“The Four day as been an amazing experience for me and I have had a great time. The team supported me well and the bike was awesome as all we did was filter and tyre changes throughout the week.        

“Now that I have had a taste of it, next year I want to get on the podium,” Ralston offers.

The hard luck story of the week goes to Josh Green. Green fell during the Prologue stage of the event, injuring his ankle. He rode through the pain all week but was in obvious discomfort and not his usual self on the bike. His gritty performance netted him ninth place in Outright, seventh in the E2 division.

“It was a tough, frustrating week as I had worked hard in the lead up to this event and really wanted to do well here. I fell off on Tuesday and hit my foot and ankle pretty good. I was able to ride but it hurt a fair bit and each night I had to ice and rest it so I could keep going.

“It wasn’t the finish or the result I wanted but I will be back next year,” Green warns.

Running a four rider team plus support for Josh Strang as kept team manager, AJ Roberts a busy man but with his team finishing well, he can reflect on a memorable 2014 A4DE.

“Generally, it was pretty clean run for us and the bikes with no real dramas. Josh’s injury wasn’t a great start and it didn’t allow him to show his true potential but he is a tough competitor. Tom did really well and continues  what has been a good year for him. In the end it was a comfortable victory and the first for our team, so that’s cool.

“Beau continues to impress me as he learns more about off-road and the four day. Finishing fifth against the riders in this field is an amazing result and something he should be really proud of at this stage of his development, while Stefan pulled down another podium and continues his consistent season.

“The event has been good for us and the people who do all the work behind the scenes deserve a big thank you. Doing an event of this size isn’t easy and the man hours that go into it  are incredible.

“Also the Active8 Yamaha team, our crew and sponsors have put in a huge effort and with a class win, a class podium, a top five outright and all riders inside the top 12 for the event, it is a good reward for everyone,” AJ ends.

2014 A4DE - OUTRIGHT Results
1st Daniel Milner – 2.27.59.511(CDR Yamaha)
2nd Toby Price – 2.28.24.085
3rd Chris Hollis – 2.29.46.023 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Josh Strang – 2.30.03.089 (Yamaha Australia)
5th Beau Ralston – 2.31.52.301 (Active8 Yamaha)
6th Lachlan Stanford -2.31.58.057
7th Tom McCormack – 2.32.10.469 (Active8 Yamaha)
8th Glenn Kearney – 2.32.53.687
9th Josh Green – 2.33.17.284 (Active8 Yamaha)
10th Daniel Saunders – 2.33.46.246  

12th Stefan Granquist – 2.33.55.934 (Active8 Yamaha)       

E1- 250cc
1st Tom McCormack – YZ250F
2nd Peter Boyle
3rd Mike Brown

E2 -450cc
1st Daniel Milner – YZ450F
2nd Toby Price
3rd Chris Hollis – WR450F
4th Josh Strang – YZ450F
5th Beau Ralston – YZ450F
6th Lachlan Stanford
7th Josh Green – YZ450F

E3- Over 450cc
1st Glenn Kearney
2nd Daniel Saunders
3rd Stefan Granquist – WR475F

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