The Yamaha bLU cRU Off Road support program kicked into gear at the opening weekend of the Australian Off Road Championships (AORC) with an impressive list of results. With riders climbing the walls with anticipation after a 12 month break from racing, the off road scene was bursting at the seams and Yamaha were right in the thick of the action.Golden Beach in Gippsland Victoria hosted the opening weekend of action in the AORC and with over 320 riders, it was a great way to start the championship despite the dry and dusty conditions.
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The Yamaha bLU cRU Off Road Team enjoyed a successful weekend with all three riders on the podium on both days. Michael Driscoll (E2), Kyron Bacon(E1) and Blake Hollis (EJ) came out guns blazing and posted impressive results in a sensational start to the season.
Driscoll continues to adapt to the 450cc machine and now is a genuine class contender. He finished third on both days behind the heavy hitters of Todd Waters and Josh Green and he is more than capable of mixing it up with them on a regular occasion. He battled hard all weekend and was rewarded with his efforts with a consistent and confidence building weekend.
The E2 class is full of Yamaha’s at the top end of the field with both Stefan Granquist and Jeremy Carpentier putting their WR450F’s inside the top 10 outright and top five in class.
The head turner of the weekend proved to be Tasmanian, Kyron Bacon. The 18 year turned it on all weekend and showed the hard yards done in the off season were well worth it. On Saturday he claimed second in the E1 (250cc) but on Sunday, he stepped up a level and ran inside the top three outright during the day, only a late fall cost him a chance at a class win and overall podium.
Yamaha also performed well in the two stroke class with Harry Teed running second in the championship after the opening weekend. Mounted on the YZ250X, Teed came home with 1-2 results and started his campaign off well.
Blake Hollis finished with a 1-2 weekend, winning the Under 18 class on Saturday and then taking second on Sunday for a good start to the year. Hollis narrowly missed the class win in 2020 and is more determined than ever to get on the top step of the podium in 2021.
In the Women’s, Jess Gardiner again led the way on day one and finished with the class win on Saturday. But her fortunes changed on Sunday where she fell awkwardly and broke her left scapula. But she is tough, and she soldier on for the rest of the day and still managed to secure third for the round and keep herself in championship contention.
She was well supported by Emilie Karlsson who racked up 3-2 results over the weekend and continues to be in the battle each and every season.
In the junior divisions, Harley Hutton claimed second in the J1 class on his YZ85, Will Dennet was also second in the J4 division riding a YZ250F while the junior girls was the Danielle MacDonald show on her YZ125.
“Yamaha again showed their passion for racing with a huge profile and some great results at the opening round of the AORC,” commented AJ Roberts. “We enjoyed a successful weekend in all classes we contested and congratulations to the riders and teams on a great start to the series.
“The look and presentation of the bLu cRU family was first class and the results speak for themselves. We will continue to work hard and show case the wide range of off road machinery Yamaha has throughout the AORC and chase as many championships as possible,” he said.
1st Mason Semmens - 50
2nd Kyron Bacon - 44 (Yamaha bLU cRu Support)
3rd Luke Styke – 40 (Shop Yamaha)
1st Todd Waters
2nd Josh Green (Shop Yamaha Off Road Racing)
3rd Michael Driscoll (Yamaha bLU cRU Support)
1st Sam Pretscherer – 47
2nd Blake Hollis – 47 (Yamaha bLu cRU Support)
3rd Kodi Stephens – 40
1st Emma Milesevic – 47
2nd Jess Gardiner – 45 (Yamaha)
3rd Emilie karlsson – 42 (Yamaha)
1st Nathan Dalbosco- 47
2nd Harry Teed – 47 (Yamaha)
3rd Thomas Livesay – 20
1st Lachlan Roche – 50
2nd Harley Hutton – 44 (Yamaha)
3rd Nate Munro – 36
1st Billy Hargy – 50
2nd Will Dennet – 42 (Yamaha)
3rd Travis Olander – 42
1st Danielle MacDonald – 50 (Yamaha)
2nd Taylor Thompson – 44
3rd Madi Simpson - 38