Green Dominates Husky Sprint Series Opener


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AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND. Yamaha Yamalube Off-Road Teammates Josh Green and Luke Styke led the way as this year’s Husky Sprint Series opener unfolded at a new venue at Meringandan, west of Toowoomba.

The monsoonal rain that threatened stayed away, but the riders didn’t – over 200 of them making a record entry for recent years in the lead up to this year’s AORC kickoff in two weeks time at Gympie.

After a heavy three days of prep and two of the event itself, Event coordinator David Wagner was tired but satisfied.

“I’m just glad to be back at work today! That was the longest five days I’ve had in a while, but everyone was happy with the tracks. One of them was a bit technical but on the whole, everyone enjoyed it. One rider told me it was the best fun he’d had for years.”

Out on the track, Josh Green’s double put him in a strong position in the series, while former MX Pro Luke Styke’s first race behind a headlight sounded an ominous warning to the AORC regulars.

Likewise, French rider Jeremy Carpentier’s podium on Saturday indicated no shortage of pace, while Husqvarna teammates Lachy Stanford and Fraser Higlett were in the thick of the action at all times, finishing 4,5 respectively on Saturday, and 3,4 on Sunday.

Back from Europe, Jess Gardiner took her Yamaha to the top spot on both days, ahead of Tamara Gray on Saturday, and Ebony Nielsen on Sunday.

1 Josh GREEN 51:52.139
2 Luke STYKE 52:58.740
3 Jeremy CARPENTIER 53:58.615
4 Lachlan STANFORD 54:06.412
5 Fraser HIGLETT 54:37.371

1 Jessica GARDINER 1:04:00.894
2 Tamara GRAY 1:06:19.153
3 Ebony NIELSEN 1:14:01.449
4 Zoe BOCCARI 1:23:31.073
5 Caitlyn MCBETH 1:06:04.905

1 Josh GREEN 58:51.738
2 Luke STYKE 59:42.917
3 Lachlan STANFORD 1:01:01.467
4 Fraser HIGLETT 1:01:06.794
5 Michael DRISCOLL 1:01:29.344

1 Jessica GARDINER 1:16:09.749
2 Ebony NIELSEN 1:19:43.397
3 Tamara GRAY 1:19:58.529
4 Zoe BOCCARI 1:36:47.086

Pics: Troy Pears