Riders from the Elite Rider Training Camps have enjoyed on-bike success at this year’s Yamaha VORC.
WITH the final rounds of the Victorian Off-Road Championships taking place over the weekend in Penshurst, it was great to have a look at the final standings and learn where the riders from Motorcycling Victoria’s Elite Rider Training Camp finished-up.
It was even better to see that there wasn’t a single rider from the 2014 or the 2015 Elite Rider Training Camps that finished any lower than fourth in their class! Riders who attended the camp are highlighted in bold.
Three riders of the 2015 camp made up the top three spots in the J4 class with Dean De Fazio in first, Josh Major in second and Jack Matthews in third.
Dean, in first, finished the year on impressive 272 points. “I had so much fun racing this year, with ups and downs, but in the end it was a good experience to have,” Dean said.
Josh, in second, finished the year with 231 points. “Finishing second in J4 was amazing. Dean, Jacko and I have been battling it out all year. I’m going to miss juniors and all the fun I have had competing in them,” Josh said.
“Now it is time to put the head down. Now you have all the factory teams looking at you and I can’t wait for the 2016 season in seniors to begin,” Josh added.
Jack finished in a very respectable third place, on 222 points.
Ryley Oakes (2015 camp) took out third-place on the podium in the VORC, finishing with 176 points, 66 points back from class winner Jake Brennan.
“To finish third for the year in the VORC is amazing. I dropped two rounds and still fought back for a third overall,” Ryley said.
Under 19 B Class
Brenton Naylor (2015 camp) finished the U19 B class season in second position on 212 points, an even 50 points behind winner Matt Barker.
“I’ve gone above my own expectations this year. I’m really stoked with my results, although I would have loved to have gotten that Number 1 plate,” Brenton said.
Lyndon Snodgrass, another rider who attended the 2014 camp, took out the E1 class in this year’s VORC. Lyndon finished on 232 points for the season, 42 points clear of the next best rider.
“When I crossed the line during Saturday’s three-hour cross country. I was relieved and very happy to have the championship wrapped-up,” Lyndon said.
Jai Wedlock (2015 camp) finished in first place for the E2 class in an extremely tight top four.
Jai finished with 177 points, just four points clear of Glenn Stiles in second, who in turn was just four points clear of Jaymes Day in third, who in turn was just four points clear of 2014 MV Elite Rider Training Camp attendee Stuart Holt, who finished in fourth position.
“The 2015 season was a bit up and down for me. I had a great start to the year and then suffered an injury that kept me out for a few rounds,” Jai said.
“I had three rounds left to make up the lost points to gain the first position back in the E2 championship and I managed to do that! I couldn’t have done this without the support of my family and sponsors,” Jai added.
Finally in the Pro class, two attendees from the2014 camp, finished in second and third for the season.
Tom Mason finished in second with 181 points, 53 points behind class winner Daniel Sanders, with Andrew Wilksch finishing in third spot a further 18 points back (163 points) from Tom.
“I’m really happy about how far up the field I was able to compete this season in my first year on a 450 and also in the Pro Class,” Andrew said.
“Being able to finish third for the series is a bit overwhelming as I was only hoping for a top five. Having attended the MV Elite Rider Training Camp last year it has set me up really well for what has been my best season of racing so far in my career!” Andrew said.
Congratulations to all of those riders!
– Mark Vallance
Operations & Events Manager
Image: 2015 MV Elite Camp attendee Jack Matthews at the 2015 Yamaha VORC over the weekend (Credit: Mad Dog Images).