What a way to to finish the 2018 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship at Omeo, Victoria, with all ten championships being decided. It was a weekend to remember as the riders battled a gruelling three-hour cross county on Saturday before ending with Sprints on the Sunday.

A big congratulations to all the 2018 AORC Champions, Daniel Milner (E3), Daniel Sanders (E2), Luke Styke (E1), Michael Driscoll (EJ), Jessica Gardiner (Women’s), Richard Chibnall (Veterans), Geoffrey Ballard (Masters), Korey McMahon (J4), Blake Hollis (J3) and Billy Hargy (J2).

Daniel Milner - Omeo Victoria - AORC 2018 Rounds 10 & 11

Daniel Milner – Omeo Victoria – AORC 2018 Rounds 10 & 11

The cross-country format had everyone on the edge of their seats, 25 riders in a row blasting into the tight first corner, chaos was a certainty. It didn’t disappoint as a cloud of dust surrounded the lead pack and it would be Lachlan Stanford to grab the holeshot and lead the way.

Typical of season 2018 it didn’t take long for Milner to make his move for the lead and begin to assert his dominance again in the E3 Class. All Milner had to do was take the win and the E3 title was his, which he did in classic Milner fashion. The win also made it 11 wins from 11 races this season.

Daniel Sanders - Omeo Victoria - AORC 2018 Rounds 10 & 11

Daniel Sanders – Omeo Victoria – AORC 2018 Rounds 10 & 11

In the E2 class a crash early saw Daniel Sanders have to fight his way back without his helmet visor, but that couldn’t derail Sanders as he also took the win to complete his undefeated season and with it the E2 Championship.

Only in his first year of AORC action Styke made it the dream start to his off-road career, taking the cross-country win and the E1 title on Saturday.

Luke Styke - Omeo Victoria - AORC 2018 Rounds 10 & 11

Luke Styke – Omeo Victoria – AORC 2018 Rounds 10 & 11

After a dominate 2017 in the EJ class Driscoll was back again in 2018 and this year he didn’t just win the title, he did so without dropping a single point.

The Women’s class became a showdown heading into Sunday’s sprint with Gardiner leading the way but Emelie Karlsson was within striking distance. Gardiner and Karlsson couldn’t be split over the course of Sunday’s sprints until the final test, where Karlsson took the win but Gardiner got the last laugh as she took the championship.

Jessica Gardiner - Omeo Victoria - AORC 2018 Rounds 10 & 11

Jessica Gardiner – Omeo Victoria – AORC 2018 Rounds 10 & 11

In the Junior ranks both the J3 and J4 title were decided after Saturday’s cross country. McMahon took the J4 title with a second-place finish behind Kyron Bacon in Saturday’s cross country. It was a calculated ride from McMahon who had to battle through injury to be out on the track, but it was all worth it in the end.

Hollis wasn’t in Omeo on Saturday as he was competing in the Australian Junior Motocross Championship, in Tasmania. In a strange course of events, Hollis was crowned the J3 champion on Saturday despite not racing. Hollis championship rival Ned Chapman and Charlie Milton had days they would rather forget and missed a golden opportunity to gain points on Hollis.

Omeo Victoria - AORC 2018 Rounds 10 & 11

Omeo Victoria – AORC 2018 Rounds 10 & 11

The battle for the J2 title went to the final day of the season, but Hargy saved his best for last to take out Sunday’s sprints on his way to the title.

In the Masters and Veterans classes, it was all about consistency and that was evident with Chibnall and Ballard. The pair finished their seasons in style taking wins in both the cross country and the sprints to earn their 2018 championships.

2018 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship Standings

E3 – AORC 2018 Final Standings

  1. Daniel Milner 275
  2. Lachlan Stanford 233
  3. Broc Grabham 204
  4. Thomas Mason 182
  5. Andrew Wilksch 149

E2 – AORC 2018 Final Standings

  1. Daniel Sanders 275
  2. Lyndon Snodgrass 226
  3. Joshua Green 210
  4. Stefan Granquist 181
  5. Matt Murry 120

E1 – AORC 2018 Final Standings

  1. Luke Styke 265
  2. Fraser Higlett 234
  3. Jack Simpson 200
  4. Jeremy Carpentier 175
  5. Brad Hardaker 171

EJ – AORC 2018 Final Standings

  1. Michael Driscoll 275
  2. Joshua Brierley 232
  3. Corey Hammond 184
  4. Mitchell Brierley 175
  5. Lachlan Allan 147

Womens – AORC 2018 Final Standings

  1. Jessica Gardiner 211
  2. Emelie Karlsson 191
  3. Danielle Foot 159
  4. Jemma WILSON 107
  5. Sophie COLDICUTT 74

Veterans – AORC 2018 Final Standings

  1. Richard Chibnall 256
  2. Jade GARTLAN 220 36
  3. Peter Rudd 205 51
  4. Paul CHADWICK 64 192
  5. Darren Lessio 64

Masters – AORC 2018 Final Standings

  1. Geoffrey Ballard 241
  2. Craig Treasure 198
  3. Michael Widdison 167
  4. David SALT 86
  5. Ian JENNER 78

J4 – AORC 2018 Final Standings

  1. Korey McMahon 238
  2. Kyron Bacon 233
  3. Mathew Pye 206
  4. Raife Dooley 154
  5. Matt WATERS 121

J3 – AORC 2018 Final Standings

  1. Blake Hollis 228
  2. Ned Chapman 192
  3. Charlie Milton 180
  4. Sam Barton 169
  5. Oscar Collins 160

J2 – AORC 2018 Final Standings

  1. Billy Hargy 239
  2. Kobe Conley 217
  3. Max Phillips 211
  4. Zac Perry 186
  5. Thomas Vance 126

Photos courtesy of John Pearson Media

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