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New champions crowned at the final round of the 2022 AORC in Tasmania.

The final round of the 2022 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship presented by MXstore (AORC) has ended with the crowning of champions in Wynyard, Tasmania.

The 2022 AORC championship podium.

  • E1 Champion: Kyron Bacon (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team)
  • E2 Champion: Joshua Green (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team)
  • E3 Champion: Andy Wilksch (Simford Racing, Husqvarna)
  • EW Champion: Jess Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team)
  • EJ Champion: Riley McGillivray (Shepparton Motorcycles, KTM)
  • EM Champion: John Baker (KTM Ballina Motorcycles)
  • EV Champion: Christopher Thomas (Thomas Lee KTM)
  • J4 Champion: Davey Gear (Limestone Coast Motorcycles, Snip Clip & Chip Tree Services)
  • JG Champion: Danielle McDonald (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team)
  • J3 Champion: Ollie Gear (Sinclair Electrical Naracoorte, Limestone Coast Newcastle)
  • J2 Champion: Marcus Nowland (McDonalds Racing)
  • J1 Champion: Harley Hutton (Yamaha Motor Australia)

Joshua Green E2 Champion with Kyron Bacon E1 Champion

Kyron Bacon: “It’s been a pretty special year for me and even more than I had hoped,” Bacon said from the podium. “My goal for the year was to win the E1 class and go for a top 5 position in Outright honours, so to have won both is amazing and I’m a little speechless to be honest.”

“The last two years we didn’t have much racing but I loved riding, so I kept training and working hard so I was ready when things got back to normal. So, it feels so good to finally get back to racing and then come away winning two championships.”

“I can’t thank AJ, Brandon and the whole ShopYamaha Off-Road Team enough for their support over the past couple of years and also my Dad and family who continue to be a huge part of my racing. The championship has been awesome this year and we have ridden everything from mud and sand through to hard pack and dust, so it’s been a big challenge for us every round but the team always came through and I will always be thankful for their efforts,”.

Joshua Green: “This one means a lot to me in a couple ways,” said Green, “Firstly, it’s been a really fun year and the vibe in the ShopYamaha team has been awesome. Kyron and Blake had been cool teammates and we get along well, the bikes have been good and we all put in the work, so that has been satisfying for me.”

“Also, to win the E2 class is something I have tried to do several times and I was finally able to shake the monkey from my back. The 450 class is always tough as every manufacturer makes a 450 so the depth of competition is always deep.

“Thank you to our team, it’s been over a decade I have been with AJ and Yamaha, and we always find way to keep it fun and exciting. Thankyou to MA and the AORC committee for getting AORC up and going again for 2022 and I look forward to being back here next year for another fun year of racing.”

Andrew Wilksch E3 Champion

Andy Wilksch: “I had a bit of a taste of racing in Tasmania at the Australian 4-Day Enduro in 2015 and I knew that if it rained I’d be up against it – Jonte [Reynders] is great in the mud and this is his home event. Initially, it was tough to accept there was someone better than me on the weekend, but I readjusted to get better and learn from it so I could manage the championship. I came into Wynyard with a 20-point lead, so I could afford to drop 10 points a day, but I still wanted to finish the year strongly! Saturday’s tests were really technical and slippery, so you couldn’t afford to relax at all, but conditions improved a lot for Sunday and it was a lot of fun. 2022 has been an awesome year and to finish as the E3 championship has made it even more special.”

Jess Gardiner EW Champion

Jess Gardiner: “The weekend was tough as the rain made things wet and rutted on both days, but I like that style of riding and enjoy the challenge that it brings. Not sure I enjoyed getting stuck in the mud, in fact, I was ready to give up as I couldn’t get my bike out, by on my last attempt, I was able to get it moving and get back into the race, but I lost around three minutes in just that section.”

“From then on, everything went well, and the bike was perfect all weekend. I wanted to win the final round as that’s the best way to win a championship so it was good feeling to get it done and share it with Danielle who was also able to win her class for the day and the championship.”

Round 12 Results

2022 AORC Round 12 E1 Top 5 Provisional Results:

Kyron Bacon (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 1:22:41.896
Korey McMahon (GasGas Australia, Suttos Powersports) 1:27:28.606
Jeremy Carpentier (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 1:29:34.412
Blake Hollis (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 1:29:38.311
Will Price (Empire Kawasaki Off Road Team) 1:34:15.169

2022 AORC Round 12 E2 Top 5 Provisional Results:

Joshua Green (Shop Yamaha Offroad Racing Team) 1:26:47.664
Fraser Higlett (Beta) 1:28:09.147
Wesley Keeley (KTM) 1:36:19.815
Travis Silk (KTM) 1:47:18.853
Lachlan Muir (Husqvarna) 1:48:00.360

2022 AORC Round 12 E3 Top 5 Provisional Results:

Jonte Reynders (Motul Pirelli Sherco Team) 1:25:35.151
Andrew Wilksch (Simford Racing, Husqvarna) 1:28:14.204
Jye Dickson (KTM Offroad Racing Team) 1:32:27.007
Baylee Davies (Buildrite) 1:33:23.209
Tom Woodhouse (Sherco) 1:35:36.570

2022 AORC Round 12 EW Top 2 Provisional Results:

Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 1:46:08.755
Emelie Karlsson (KTM Offroad Racing Team) 1:51:25.360

2022 AORC Round 12 EJ Top 5 Provisional Results:

William Dennett (Yamaha Australia) 1:29:20.092
Riley McGillivray (Shepparton Motorcycles, KTM) 1:31:22.448
Billy Hargy (Husqvarna Offroad Racing Team) 1:35:18.738
Kobi Wolff (WESTLINK Petroleum) 1:39:34.856
Luke Chellas (Northbound Driver Training) 1:40:14.036

2022 AORC Round 12 EM Top 2 Provisional Results:

John Baker (KTM Ballina Motorcycles) 2:05:51.981
Andrew Moncrieff (Honda) 2:15:42.160

2022 AORC Round 12 EV Top 2 Provisional Result:

Christopher Thomas (Thomas Lee KTM) 1:51:03.763
Evan Streets (Yamaha) 2:05:57.684

2022 AORC Round 12 J4 Top 5 Provisional Results:

Jett Yarnold (Supermoto New England, Yamaha Australia) 53:41.712
Angus Pearce (Yamaha Junior Development Team) 58:44.312
Eli Tripcony (GASGAS) 58:54.770
Davey Gear (Limestone Coast Motorcycles, Snip Clip & Chip Tree Services) 59:14.257
Tate Young (Vie Financial, Unit) 1:00:27.592

2022 AORC Round 12 JG Top 5 Provisional Results:

Danielle McDonald (Yamaha JGR Ballard’s Off Road Team) 1:08:52.312
Madi Simpson (Toowoomba MPE) 1:18:40.395
Audrey Moller (Alltac Marriotts) 1:23:45.503
Fynleh Duncombe (Cassons Australia Motorcycling, Leatt) 1:30:15.172
Jade Chellas (Northbound Driver Training) 1:45:19.605

2022 AORC Round 12 J3 Top 5 Provisional Results:

Ryan Jordan (KTM) 1:00:09.521
Ollie Gear (Sinclair Electrical Naracoorte, Limestone Coast Newcastle) 1:00:37.414
Levi Stephens 1:00:52.275
Beau Tripcony (GASGAS) 1:03:13.987
Chad Williams (Finance My Bike, Vince Strang Motorcycles) 1:03:24.171

2022 AORC Round 12 J2 Top 5 Provisional Results:

Mason Phillips (Trademark Signs, Kilkivan Hotel) 1:03:13.089
Jesse Ryan (Guts Racing Aus, Tunetech Suspension) 1:06:11.429
Marcus Nowland (McDonalds Racing) 1:06:23.696
Oscar Harris (Simford Motorsport) 1:06:43.818
Rylan Eustace (Buildrite) 1:10:40.223

2022 AORC Round 12 J1 Top 3 Provisional Results:

Harley Hutton (Yamaha Motor Australia) 1:13:18.881
Phoenix O’Brien (INIX Group, Montdami) 1:20:00.458
Chase Weston (Tdub, ProCoat Aus) 1:26:01.106

2022 AORC Round 12 JJ Top 2 Provisional Results:

Braith Lunn (Yamaha) 1:39:07.786
Angus Summers 1:42:12.126

Congratulations to the 2022 Champions, we can’t wait for the next year of battling through the bush with AORC!

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