Juniors Semmens, Rudd and Riordan showcasing emerging talent in Yamaha AORC

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The Junior competitors of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) excelled at Round 8 on the wide-open KTM test track at Renmark in South Australia, where a number of interesting stories developed. Respective Junior class standouts included Mason Semmens, Jayden Rudd and Will Riordan.

J4

Motocross star, Mason Semmens further established himself as a very versatile rider by winning today’s sprint race in J4 class. The KTM rider dethroned Joshua Brierley from his undefeated winning streak. Semmens finished with a final time of 21:31.079. Brierley despite missing out on the win, can be resolute in the fact that he still has a significant championship lead. The Husqvarna rider finished with a time of 22:06.287. The final podium placer for J4 was Corey Hammond. The rider managed to finish with a total accumulated time of 22:45.874 on board his KTM.

J3

Local hero Jayden Rudd was the eventual winner of the J3 sprint race. The victory gave Rudd yet another clean sweep in 2017. Rudd’s training and preparation is paying off handsomely as the KTM rider finished with a total time of 23:08.485. Husqvarna mounted Matthew Pye was Rudd’s closest challenger, his time 24:23.234. Ned Chapman shot up the placings today to finish third with a time of 24:25.312. Only approximately two seconds off Pye.

J2

Wil Riordan was the standout in the J2’s, finishing first in class. The J2 Championship leader, Riordan will now enjoy a significant gap in points after a clean sweep this weekend. KTM mounted Riordan finished with a time of 24:29.852. Taj Gow-Smith impressed onlookers to come second with his total time of of 25:25.550, on a Yamaha. Kyron Bacon still managed to attain a podium place but dropped down to third, after coming second on Saturday. Bacon’s time was a 25:35.463.

Provisional Results J4

1. Mason Semmens – 21:31.079
2. Joshua Brierley – 22:06.287
3. Corey Hammond – 22:45.874
4. Mitchell Brierly – 22:58.683
5. Nathan Howe – 23:20.749
6. Connor Adams – 23:38.022
7. Colby Mccall – 23:50.845
8. Cooper Sheidow – 23:53.254
9. Dex Kelly – 24:17.522
10.Connor Gee – 24:25.055

Provisional Results J3

1. Jayden Rudd – 23:08.485
2. Matthew Pye – 24:23.234
3. Ned Chapman 24:25.312
4. Max Price – 25:43.341
5. Cody Short – 25:52.225
6. Jared Watson – 26:02.782
7. Mackyle Thomson – 26:29.534
8. Mitchell Mclean – 27:11.735
9. Dustin Doolan – 27:42.814
10.Cam Nathan 28:14.357

Provisional Results J2

1. Will Riordan – 24:29.852
2. Taj Gow-Smith – 25:25.550
3. Kyron Bacon – 25:35.463
4. Jack Bithell – 26:34.819
5. Mackenzie Johnson – 26:43.503
6. Kyran Haydon – 26:47.956
7. Jasper Franklin – 27:01.864
8. Maxwell Liebeknecht 27:06.105
9. Harry Newbold – 27:06.105
10. Jack McClean – 27:46.586

Remaining Rounds of the 2017 Yamaha AORC

Round 9 & 10: Kyogle, NSW 22 – 23 July 2017
Round 11 & 12: Omeo, VIC 5 – 6 August 2017