This past year Jack Simpson has made the switch from MX to Enduro, taking part in both the Victorian Off Road Championship and the Australian Off Road Championship.
With rounds four and five of the VORC taking place this weekend at Three Bridges, we got the chance to fire off some questions to the man taking the Enduro scene by storm!
MV: So what was the reason you made the change from MX to Enduro and began to compete in the VORC/AORC this year?
JS: I got stale with the hustle and bustle of MX and was looking for a different challenge. I’d dabbled in Enduro a couple of times before and loved it.
What’s been the biggest difference for you in terms of preparation for each round of the VORC compared to the Victorian MX Championship?
The biggest difference is with the VORC you can go for a ride in the bush or track any time but with MX you can only do it when practice tracks are open or not too wet.
You’ve been absolutely killing it so far in both the VORC and the AORC, sitting right near the top of the standings. For those that don’t know, what’s your current position in both Championships and what class are you competing in?
I’ve only done one VORC so far and got promoted from Expert to Pro after two sprints at Rawson and finished third on the day with the bike not set up. In the AORC I’m winning my class, the E1 class, by 10 points and I’m eighth outright after six rounds which is the half way point.
Have you had a favourite round, or even just a top highlight, from any of your efforts so far? Can be from either the VORC or AORC.
So far it would be the AORC at Murray Bridge because I won both days. The highlight would be the third sprint on the Sunday at that round where I finished second outright on the little 250cc.
Now onto this weekend of VORC action, do you know much about the Three Bridges area where the round is being held?
I have been up there before, I had to SOS Daniel “Chucky” Sanders to avoid double bubble trouble (thanks Chucky!) and I’ve done some practice up there with the KTM team as well.
How has the preparation for the weekend gone so far, no hiccups? Remember your competition will be reading this!
As far as prep goes, I’ve been doing high speed practice at Finke and will have to slow it down a bit and get it right for the weekend. I will have a ride late this week to get my eye back in.
What are you looking forward to about this weekend?
Getting back to civilization and catching up with new Enduro friends and having fun!
Can we try to create a rivalry, who would you really like to finish in front of this weekend?
As for a rival I have two enemies, my shadow and my rear wheel. I never want to be passed by either of them.
Finally, what are the plans for the remainder of the year?
The first plan is to stay consistent, keep it real and have fun. I’ll go to Finke and Hattah. I’ll try to stay on top and win all AORC and VORC 250cc events that I enter.
Thanks for your time Jack and good luck!
The fourth and fifth rounds of the VORC are taking place this weekend, May 28-29, at Three Bridges with thanks to MCRCV.
More information can be found at www.mvorconline.com.