Daniel Milner has put himself in a strong position for the 2013 AORC after a good weekend at the penultimate rounds
Stefan Merriman was on the podium both days at rounds nine and 10.

Milner Closes in on AORC Championship for CDR Yamaha

19 Aug 2013

Another impressive performance from CDR Yamaha Off Road’s Daniel Milner at rounds nine and 10 of the Australian Off Road Championship (AORC) at Wedderburn in Victoria has him zeroing in on the Outright Championship win with just two rounds remaining.

Milner and his team mate Stefan Merriman both put together a good weekends’ work at the double header round and have consolidated their positions in the Outright championship chase as well as class honours.

Round Nine – Cross Country
Saturday’s event saw the Cross Country format in place and near perfect conditions in country Victoria. The Cross Country format saw competitors race six laps of a single loop track with the loop taking just over 20minutes for the elite pro level racers.

Milner started the day strongly on his Yamaha YZ250F and led in the opening stages. He gave up the lead just near the halfway point but continued to fight all the way until the end. He crossed the finish line after two hours and 20 minutes of racing in second place outright but the winner of the E1 (bikes under 250cc) category.

Merriman was also in good form on board his Yamaha WR450F and slotted in behind the lead duo. He rode a consistently fast pace for the entire event and came home third outright just behind his team mate and also a very respectable second in the E2 class (450cc machines).

Round Nine Results – Wedderburn Cross Country

1st Chris Hollis - KTM
2nd Daniel Milner- CDR Yamaha YZ250F
3rd Stefan Merriman – CDR Yamaha WR450F

1st Daniel Milner – CDR Yamaha

2nd Ben Burrell - KTM
3rd Glenn Kearney – Husqvarna

1st Chris Hollis – KTM
2nd Stefan Merriman – CDR Yamaha
3rd Scott Keegan – Husaberg

Round 10 – Sprint
Round 10 and the riders needed to be fresh and fast for day two as the as the sprint format was in place. Milner was out to reclaim his place at the front of the field and immediately made his intentions clear.

He went on to win the round, 18 seconds clear of his rival Chris Hollis, and secure a good points haul over the weekend edging him closer to the championship victory.

“It would have been nice to win both rounds on the weekend but Chris was riding well on Saturday and I wasn’t able to bridge the gap late in the event,” Milner explains. “But it did give me some motivation for today and I was able to get into a good pace right at the start and make it stick all the way to the finish.

“We still have two rounds to go and while my lead looks good on paper sometimes it doesn’t take much for all that to change. Our final rounds are in Dungog in a few weeks’ time so I will continue with my usual routine and ride each round on its merits just like I have all year,” he ends.

Stefan Merriman also continued his good form from the day before and again slotted into the number three spot. While unable to match the pace of the lead duo, he was comfortably clear of the chasing pack and nailed down his second podium finish of the weekend.

“It was a pretty consistent weekend for me. I was stuck in the middle a bit most of the weekend and rode a bit of a lonely race as the front two got away and I was able to do the same to the riders behind me,” Merriman said.

“I managed to sneak up a few points closer to the riders in front of me in the Outright championship and hold third in the E2 class after this weekend. Dungog is my local round of sorts, so it would be a great way to finish the year with a win there and hopefully grab a few more positions along the way.”

Round 10 Results – Wedderburn Sprint
1st Daniel Milner – CDR Yamaha

2nd Chris Hollis – KTM
3rd Stefan Merriman – CDR Yamaha

1st Daniel Milner – CDR Yamaha

2nd Glenn Kearney - Husqvarna
3rd Peter Boyle - Honda    
1st Chris Hollis – KTM
2nd Stefan Merriman – CDR Yamaha
3rd Scott Keegan – Husaberg

The weekend was just the performance team owner Craig Dack was looking for from both his riders and they delivered as required.

“The penultimate round is like the third quarter in AFL, it’s the championship quarter where most of the games are won or lost. It was imperative Daniel come out on the weekend and set the tone for this championship and like he has all year, he did exactly that. It’s not over and there is work to be done but he has given himself a points’ cushion that doesn’t require and all or nothing approach at the final rounds which is pleasing.

“Stefan again showed nothing beats experience and he used plenty again today to get himself on the podium for both rounds. There are still plenty of young kids out there that wish they had the speed Merriman does and his work ethic continues to get him across the line,” Dack said of his riders.

The final two rounds of the AORC take place at Dungog in New South Wales on September 7 and 8. For a full list of results, www.mylaps.com

AORC Championship Standings – After Round 10
1st Daniel Milner – 218 (CDR Yamaha)
2nd Chris Hollis – 191
3rd Glenn Kearney – 166
4th Stefan Merriman – 155 (CDR Yamaha)
5th Josh Green – 149 (Active8 Yamaha)    
6th Jarrod Bewley – 145
7th Lochlan Stanford – 126
8th Geoff Braico – 111
9th Scott Keegan – 108
10th Tom McCormack – 102 (Active8 Yamaha)

1st Daniel Milner - 244
2nd Glenn Kearney - 202
3rd Ben Burrell - 174
4th Tom McCormack - 168

1st Chris Hollis - 244
2nd Stefan Merriman - 199
3rd Josh Green - 184

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