It was a dominant performance for Daniel Sanders and the Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team at Broken Hill’s seventh round of the 2019 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC), topping Saturday’s prologue and winning today’s Cross Country.
The lone desert race in the AORC series contested in dry, dusty conditions, Sanders was unstoppable riding the Husqvarna FE 501. He was victorious in the E3 division and fastest of all outright by a comfortable margin. Sanders posted a 5m18.006s lap-time in the prologue before he led the field away on Sunday and was never headed, completing nine laps in a total time of 3h27m58.853s. The Victorian continues to lead the E3 championship with four rounds remaining.
It was also a strong weekend for Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team’s Fraser Higlett, qualifying third in the E1 class and going on to claim P3 in class at the Cross Country’s conclusion.
Rounds eight and nine of the 2019 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) will be hosted at Coonalpyn in South Australia on 31 August-1 September.
Christian Horwood – Team Manager, Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team: “It was an outstanding result from ‘Chucky’ and it was a convincing win. This weekend was very challenging in terms of the conditions, very windy and dry, so topping the prologue was important. That enabled him to start the race first and he went on to take the win from there, while Fraser was also impressive on his way to third in class for another podium result. We’re very pleased with the results from this weekend.”
Daniel Sanders – Husqvarna FE 501: “It was especially good to go fastest in the prologue on Saturday, which set us up for a good race. That gave me clean air and from there I was able to lead from start to finish, which was a really solid race for us. My hard work paid off because I feel like all of our preparations for Hattah were put to use today and, to be honest, it was a relatively easy day for us. I knew I was fit enough to last the distance, so I pushed hard from the start on what was a pretty sketchy track and we got it done.”
Fraser Higlett – Husqvarna FE 250: “To finish on the podium in class was good because it was a really tough day. It’s not as good as a win obviously, but in conditions like we experienced today it’s always positive to fish with a strong result and come away with a good bunch of points. Now we need to keep pushing for the rest of the championship and hopefully end up in there for the championship.”
2019 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) – Broken Hill, NSW
Round 7 Results:
1. Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna)
2. Alexander Bolton (KTM)
3. Andrew Wilksch (Sherco)
4. Beau Ralston (Husqvarna)
5. Jesse Lawton (Husqvarna)
1. Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM)
2. Luke Styke (Yamaha)
3. Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna)
4. Michael Driscoll (Yamaha)
5. Lachlan Allan (Kawasaki)