| Motorex KTM Off Road Racing’s Jarrod Bewley clinched the E3 class title in the Australian Off Road Championship on Sunday aboard the 300 EXC two-stroke.|
Bewley finished second at Salisbury’s finale in NSW in the E3 category to wrap up the series, adding the feat to the E1 class championship that he won for Motorex KTM Off Road Racing in 2010.
“The final round’s conditions were tough and very slippery, which tested all of the riders’ abilities on the weekend,” Bewley said. “I was happy to get the class win, which was one goal that I achieved for the year. Fourth overall is good considering the depth in the field, although of course I would have liked to finish higher.
“I had a consistent year, but I’ll be training harder and focusing even more for next year. I really have to thank the Motorex KTM Off Road Racing team for their help during the season.
In the Outright championship, Bewley finished fourth overall as top KTM contender for the season. Bewley was seventh in the final Cross Country round of the year, before Monday’s scheduled action was cancelled due to rainfall.
Teammate Ben Grabham sealed second in the E1 category for the season with fifth at Salisbury, his year largely affected by a hand injury suffered mid-season while battling for the title.
“To be honest I’m grateful that I could make the podium after the injuries at Finke,” Grabham said. “To be on the podium in second for the year, I couldn’t ask for too much more.
“In a lot of ways I’m glad it’s over, because now I can focus on getting my hand back to where it was. The weekend was tough on the hand, so all as I did was circulate to get points for second in the series – that’s about all I could do!”
Grabham also finished eighth Outright on his 250 EXC-F, a credible result against a host of larger capacity machines.
Dual series champion Toby Price was forced to sit out the season finale as he recovers from arm surgery, ultimately finishing the year eighth in the E2 standings and ninth Outright riding the 350 EXC-F.
Team manager Brad Williscroft reflected on what was a positive season despite the overall results being hampered by injuries to team riders Price and Grabham.
“Considering how last year went, the AORC series was a little bit disappointing but it couldn’t be helped,” Williscroft said. “Grabbo was tied for the lead in E1 until his injury at Finke, so for him to come back and finish second was a big effort. It was unfortunate also for Toby to crash out in South Australia, who was our hope for the Outright and riding really well.
“Once we look at the season overall it was pretty good, winning the major races in the A4DE, Finke and Hattah. Jarrod’s consistent win in the E3 class was also really good for us in the AORC, so we look forward to next year now and battling for the titles again.”
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Motorex KTM Off Road Racing wraps up AORC E3 title () 10/04 04:54 PM
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