Nelson Lewis is on the Force Accessories Contingency Plan, riding the new 2015 Sherco 300 4T.
“He is pictured in readiness to start the Round 1 of the SA Reliability Trial, the “Phlip Haydon” Trial held at Tarlee on Saturday May 2nd. This trial was an 8 hour event over a number of timed offroad sections as well as road travel to each of the timed sections. Nelson ran well for the duration of the event placing 8th outright.
Previously Nelson competed in the SA Offroad Championship Round 1 at Murray Bridge on April 12th. In this Sprint event he placed 3rd in the C3 Clubman Open 4 Stroke Class.
This weekend Nelson will be competing in Round 2 of the SART at Sedan and the following weekend at Wanbi SA in Rounds 2 & 3 of the SAORC. I will provide results from these coming events as well as additional photographs as they happen.
Thankyou to FORCE for their continued support.”
– Lynda Lewis
Congratulations to Nelson and all the best for the season mate!
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Motorcycling Australia (MA) have announced the line up of Australian riders who will contest the 2015 International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) to be held in Kosice, Slovakia.
The Senior Trophy team will feature Australia’s rising enduro star Matthew Phillips who is fresh off his impressive start to the FIM Enduro World Championship, and Josh Strang who sits second in the XC1 class of the 2015 GNCC series at the present time.
Fellow GNCC competitor Daniel Milner and Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) defending champion Toby Price will also compete for the senior squad, as well two-time Australian ISDE team representative Josh Green and ISDE debutant Beau Ralston.
Speaking about the announcement of the squad, Senior Team Manager Don Atkins said the team compiled was well placed to achieve success.
“There’s guys in the squad that have proven themselves at international level and we’re extremely happy to have them on our team,” Atkins said. “I’m confident that these are the guys that can do the job that we need to. It is pretty tough, but the components of this team have been around the mark for some time.
“We’ve got a new member in Beau Ralston there as well, so we’re confident we have the team to put in a good performance.”
The Junior Trophy Team consists of 2014 AORC 19 & Under class winner Daniel Sanders, alongside other young guns in Tom McCormack, Tye Simmonds and Tom Mason.
Out to make it a hat-trick of ISDE titles, the Womens Team will again consist of the current top three in the AORC Women’s class in Jessica Gardiner, Tayla Jones and Jemma Wilson.
Senior ISDE Squad:
Team Manager: Don Atkins
Reserve: Glenn Kearney
Reserve: Lachlan Stanford
Junior ISDE Squad:
Team Manager: Chris Gray
Womens ISDE Squad:
Club Team ISDE Squad:
Sian Smith – Administration
Denise Hore – Jury
Don Atkins – Manager
Chris Gray – Manager
Anthony Roberts – Assistant
Blake Hore – Assistant
The 2015 ISDE will take place from 7-12 September
Credit: Aaryn Minerds
On the weekend the 18th and 19th of April the 3rd and 4th rounds of the AORC was held at Welshpool Victoria. A three and a half hour cross country was ran on Saturday, the track was very whooped out sand track. I started on the second row of the pros so I was behind the eight ball from the start. The week leading up to the event I was fighting the flu and I got a bad start and had to fight through the pack. After the first lap I was totally bugged and struggling to breath and it was only twenty minutes into a three an half hour cross country. I keep pushing on and got up to fourth place in the Pro E1 class by the first fuel stop at the one an half hour mark. By the second fuel stop around the three hour mark the track totally whooped out and felt like I was hitting every whoop, but I was on the tail of third place rider and I had to stop for fuel for the last two laps. When I got fuel Dad said you have two laps to catch that rider if you want third place and need to dig deep and push yourself if you want it. It took me one an three-quarters of a lap to catch and pass him, I started to pull a handy gap about five minutes from the end I starting to think all that torture and pushing myself harder than I ever thought I could was going to paying off. Then out of the blue my bike locked up and stopped. I tried to restart it but with no success by this time third and fourth place rode pass and I fell to ground in exhaustion and disappointment. I started to push my bike back which was near impossible in the sand, I looked up to see dad jogging down the track to help me push the bike. Because I pushed my bike back and didn’t finish the ninth lap, I got a DNF even though by time and laps I got fifth.
Straight into the pits I collapsed and lied on the ground. I was devastated. Dad started getting my practice bike ready for the sprints on Sunday. It rained over night and settled the dust. I started off a bit steady in the first sprint, but after a few panadols and nurofen I started to come better. By the end of the day I was up to third in Pro E1 and I got thirteenth outright in one sprint. So the weekend finished on a high.
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Jesse Bishop – AORC J3 – 1ST & 1ST / QLD CHAMPIONSHIPS JUNIOR 2ND
PD Allan – AORC PRO U19 – 1ST & 3RD / QLD CHAMPIONSHIP PRO- OPEN 2ND
Alex Papamanolis – QLD CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERT CLASS – 1ST
Macca Bowser – QLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBMAN CLASS – 1ST
Rounds 1 and 2 of the Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC), were held at Kilkivan, Queensland over the weekend.
Tom placed 3rd both days in the hotly contested Championship Pro E1 class in the sprint format rounds aboard his CRF250r.
Tom: “I am really happy with my results over the weekend. Coming away with only one podium last year and then starting this year with two at the first two rounds is great. The track on Saturday was fast with sketchy rocks that were hard to see in the grass, an the Sunday track was a lot tighter with sandy creek crossings an gullies.
I couldn’t fault my bike all weekend. And I felt really comfortable on it. The next rounds are at Corner Inlet Victoria and is my favourite track on the calendar so I am keen to get down there for the 3hr cross country.”
Rounds, 3&4 of the AORC are in four weeks in Hedley, Victoria.
The weekend proved a busy one for Yamaha riders who competed in a range of events across the country, despite there being no national events on.
This past weekend saw rounds one and two of the NSW Off-road Championship take place at Bulahdelah with Womens National Enduro-X points leader Tayla Jones and Active8 Yamaha’s Josh Green in action.
Saturday was a cross country format with racing taking two and a half hours. Tayla took the lead right from the start pulled a commanding lead by the half way mark. By the finished she had over a three minute lead on her closest competitor and took home a comfortable win.
Round two on Sunday was a sprint format. The day consisted of six sprints on 12-16 minute loop. Jones kept up her fine form from the previous day and took out another class win and her fast pace saw her finish in the top 15 outright.
“I had a great weekend up at Bulahdelah.” Jones said. “I was unsure of how I would go going into the event as it was my first off-road on the new Yamaha.
“I had an awesome start in the cross country on the Saturday and stayed smooth throughout the race and ended up with the outright and class win.
“Sunday was another good day for me. I stayed consistent the whole day and took the win in the Women’s class by 1 minute 20 over Jess Gardiner.” Jones continued. “I was comparing myself against the pro guys throughout the day to see how I’d be going against them and a couple of times I nearly cracked the top 10 and I ended up 15th outright so I am pretty pumped on that!”
Green finished second on day one after suffering from a flat tyre but bounced back to win on day two in the Pro class.
Newly signed CDR Yamaha Factory Racer, Daniel Reardon led the charge in the Motocross ranks with the win in the Pro Open class at the KTM Cup held at Conondale. In his first outing on the CDR Yamaha YZ450F, Reardon looked in good form and won his class as well as the feature event held at the end of the day.
Wade Hunter finished second on his YZ250F in the Pro Lites class with a race win and two second place finishes. Hunter who is returning from injury looked good and has shown he has the speed to mix it up with the more fancied rivals in the MX2 class.
YJR’s Hunter Lawrence claimed the Junior Lites class on his YZ250F with three impressive race wins in his first motocross outing for 2015.
Levi Rogers claimed the win at the opening Central Queensland series event at Gladstone with 1-1-3-1 results in the 9-11 years 85cc class.
The ACT round of the East Coast Motocross championship was over the weekend with the NSW –YJR team of Brendon Walther and Bailey Clancy in attendance. Walther claimed third on his YZ125 and fourth on his YZ250F while Bailey took home third place on his YZ85.
This weekend will see the final round of the Australian Enduro-X in Melbourne, while the opening round of the Queensland Sunshine State Series is set to go at Roma.
Top Image: Tayla Jones followed on from her great form at the 2015 Enduro-X Nationals by taking out the opening rounds of the NSW Off- Road Championship
Credit: Aaryn Minerds
I was lucky enough to be parked next to the Rush Adventure Tours fellas on the weekend at the Sydney Insure My Ride Enduro-X. We have been helping the Rush Adventure Tours guys out for a year or so now and we have found out a lot of good information about how our parts work and how much protection they provide. This weekend it proved to be the case once again when Bondy got out there to race.
The evidence is the picture above, the radiator guards got a decent workout from the tough technical Sydney track where Bondy had to navigate his way through a varied terrain. Having never raced in an Enduro-X event before, Bondy did well in the practice laps to find lines that he would take going into the heats. As the racing began it became harder to get those lines as other racers duelled for positions.
Bondy and the rest of the vets took some hard hits, especially at the opening corner which was from a downhill start. The radiator guard got smashed in the race before the final and the boys did there best to bend it back into shape. The guards did their job and kept the radiator in racing condition.
It was up to the final race for Bondy to show the crowd that the Rush Adventure Tours crew were ready for anything and have extensive experience in riding whatever is thrown at them. So after signing some autographs for some kids that came to the tent, Bondy walked his bike down to the start gate.
The race kicked off with a bang and Bondy came screaming past us at the second corner in first place which is where he stayed for the remainder of the first lap. He looked the goods until Adrian Harry who had dominated the Brisbane Enduro-X and most of the night, edged his trials bike around probably the most technical corner of the race. Bondy was left to duel it out with Husqvarna Enduro Champion Damian Smith who started to create a gap before taking a heavy spill in the log section just before the finish line but just getting up in time for Bondy to catch him who finished in a very impressive 3rd place.
If you are interested in going on a tour we these great riders who provide anything from coaching clinics to full week tours, then you can reach them at www.rushadventuretours.com.au and they will be happy to help guide you through some of Australia’s best trails.
In the Women’s final it was Tayla Jones who was on the gas all day who finished ahead of fellow Yamaha rider Jemma Wilson, with Sherco’s Jessica Gardiner rounding out the podim in 3rd. Emelie Karlsson finished fourth ahead of round one winner Kirstie McKinnon who suffered from a handful of crashes.
“I am pretty stoked on tonight’s effort,” Jones said at the end of the night. ” I struggled a little bit in practice but come back pretty strong in the heats, didn’t make to many mistakes which I am happy with and came away with the win in the final.
“I have the first round of the New South Wales Off-Road Championship next week, then I will train full time in the lead up to the final Enduro-X and hopefull come away with the win there and take home the championship. I think I am seven points in front now and hopefully I can keep it.”
“This weekend was fun, unfortunately I rode the worst in the race that counted coming in 3rd but racing involves such a mental concentration that a momentary lapse can make all the difference! Kristie Mckinnon rode exceptional all night, and she was in a class of her own from the beginning! Stocked to have the best training partner to help me shape up for Sydney EnduroX! Thanks to all the fans for supporting me,having photos and posters signed, you are all fantastic!”
Women’s final results:
1. Kirstie McKinnon
2. Tayla Jones
3. Jessica Gardiner
4. Emelie Karlsson
5. Jemma Wilson
6. Rihanna Buchanan
7. Amber Lock
8. Tamara Gray
9. Melissa Bruce