Sticking with the Cross Country/Sprint weekend combo, Saturday kicked off with a gruelling 3 hour cross country event that tested both man and machine.
After eight laps of the 20+ minute circuit, Jehi Willis was able to top the overall standings with a 3 ˝ minute victory over Matt Parkinson, who was a further 1 ˝ minutes ahead of Mitch Harper in third place for the Pros.
Daniel Milner won E2 class (and finished third outright) followed by Chris Davey and Brendan Harper. Dale Martin beat Rys Bennett and Dave Petroff in the E1 class.
In E35 Freddie Patterson was overtaken on the second last lap by his arch nemesis Andrew Jackson, and was followed in by Tilly Goedemans.
The Intermediates were absolutely flying with Alex Bolton taking the win (15th outright), followed by Josh Williams and Michael Berwick.
Round 10 on Sunday proved to be a favourite, with spectators savouring the viewing pleasure of the extreme section. Designed and constructed by the regions Pro Rider Dan Goodwin and many others over the preceding months, the course would prove to be challenging for clubbies and pro's alike.
There was high flying drama throughout the entire day on the sprint loops, with two laps on the fast free flowing, almost thumper cross style, loop that hooked up brilliantly, and three loops through the diverse mix of creek, bush, grass track, and extreme sections.
There was great racing throughout the day but the highlight was definitely the final round of the pros/experts/juniors run on the extreme section. A day's worth of riding had chopped the course up nicely, making a challenging track even tougher.
With bumper crowds and it all on the line, the riders had a "fortune favours the brave" mentality and gave it a decent crack to the crowds delight. Throttle control was important on the concrete pipes, line choice with the rutted entry to the log, and speed and bravery crucial on the tyres.
After many thrills and spills (and one spectator having Dunlop nobby prints across his jumper) the results were in.
While Sean Milner, Jehi Willis, and Todd Stephenson (on the backup Kawasaki) took the placings in the pro class, it was Daniel Milner from E2 who had not only won his class but the day outright by keeping it together on the final loop.
Only one Incident marred an otherwise fantastic weekend, the accident of James Lennon. We thank the First Aid response of Kate Leatho and Ambulance Victoria for getting him out of there, and wish the young fella all the best for a quick recovery.
The world class scoring system didn't miss a beat on the weekend, so for full 1/100 of a second accurate results in all classes for all laps, please visit the website www.offroad-racing.com.au and click Results on the left hand side.
The Victorian Off-Road show rolls onto Meredith in a couple of weeks for another bruising cross country event.
Make sure you get your entries in quick as entries close on the 5th August www.mvorconline.com.