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KTM'S BRAICO EXTENDS E3 LEAD, HOLLIS TOILS AT AORC
1 July 2013
The Motorex KTM Off Road Racing Team drew mixed results from the weekend’s Australian Off-Road Championship event in South Australian Coonawarra region, south-east of Adelaide
The round seven and eight double-header saw team’s E3 contender Geoff Braico extend his lead in the big-bore championship on the team’s powerful KTM500EXC, with a pair of runner up finishes and excellent Outright placings, culminating in 7th in today’s sprint format event.
The team’s two-time AORC champion Chris Hollis saw his series chances take a hit struggling to sixth and fourth outright places in the tight and tricky conditions which made it difficult for him to utilise the performance of his KTM450EXC.
Hollis was able to use his superb fitness as an ally in the fight as the conditions grew rougher and rougher.
He won the final sprint to limit the championship damage as much as possible, but was unable to reign in series leader Daniel Milner who won both rounds.
Brad Williscroft: “This weekend Geoff rode really well, especially considering he had a couple of get-offs. He consolidated his lead in the E3 class and he’s doing everything asked of him. Benny is trying hard and he’s putting in a few really fast laps but then he can’t seem to keep it on two wheels.
Geoff Braico (Sat: E3 2nd, OR 9th. Sun: E3 2nd, OR 7th) - “Yesterday I made a few little mistakes in the first couple of sprints – just stalled and had a couple of tipovers which made me a little annoyed. The first test I really liked, then the next one was brutal, just super rough and I struggled. Still, I got second and ninth on the day which wasn’t too bad as Jarrod Bewley rode awesome all weekend Today we raced in the quarry track and then had a pretty huge crash in the brutal track but didn’t lose much time and ended the day with second and seventh. The bike was great and I really need to thank my suspension guy Charlie Costanzo again. My goal is to be getting top-five outright in the sprints. They’ve been my weak point so far and this is a step in the right direction but I’ve still got work to do.”
Chris Hollis (Sat: E2 3rd, OR 6th. Sun: E2 2nd, OR 4th) - “I struggled with the sand here. I got faster as I went and won the last test but struggled with one big whooped section through the grass trees that wanted to throw you over the bars the whole time. Championship-wise Milner won both days so he’ll take a few points here, but there’s not much I can do. I know I rode as quickly as I could the whole time so there’s nothing else I could have done. The bike was really good and I got faster at the end. I’ve just got to keep my chin up; I’ve got Hattah and the 4-day now. Hattah I got taken out in the first 500 metres of the race last year so hopefully we can have a bit more of a positive run this time.”
Ben Burrell (Sat: E1 4th, OR 11th. Sun: E1 6th, OR 14th) - “Well it was my birthday on Saturday and it wasn’t really the present I wanted. I’d have liked to be a bit higher but I had a few crashes which didn’t help. I just struggled with one test in particular which was pretty hairy, you couldn’t make any mistakes and I just pushed a little bit hard in a couple of spots and the bike spat me off. Luckily I didn’t break anything, the crashes only cost me time. Today was no better at all. The sand and the roots took a bit of getting used to but I can’t really put my finger on what the problem was. You need a good flow to go quick but I just couldn’t find mine. So we’ll come away, have a think about what we can do better and make it happen.”
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