4 hours in the past | Phrases: Andy Wigan | Photographs: AORC, John Pearson Media, Troy Pears, Andy Wigan
Ever since 2017, we’ve questioned the sudden disappearance of any reference to “Scratch”, “Total” or “Outright” ends in the Australian Off-Street Championship’s (AORC) official PR, and expressed issues that it’s left everybody feeling shortchanged. And whereas we’ve all the time acknowledged the nice intentions behind Motorcycling Australia’s determination to place a better relative emphasis on the sequence’ class outcomes, there stays no purpose why MA can’t acknowledge each class and Outright outcomes – for every AORC spherical and for the sequence.
Regardless of all of the compelling causes to deliver again the AORC’s Outright, nevertheless, MA continues to deal with the ‘O-word’ like a long-forgotten illegitimate youngster. However – and this can be a large and really weird however – MA nonetheless retains tabs on the AORC’s Outright factors desk. In reality, everybody does, albeit on the down-low! Huh?
Effectively, MA retains a tally of the AORC Outright factors to allow them to decide the one rider who wins the coveted AORC Outright crown. However they solely reveal and announce that on the finish of the 12 months – in season 2023’s case, Josh Inexperienced – they usually don’t share ‘their’ Outright desk with anybody all 12 months. The AORC’s race groups do it as a result of all of them bonus their riders on every spherical’s (and the sequence) Outright outcomes, and since it lets their riders peg themselves in opposition to everybody, not simply these of their class. And at Transmoto, we create our personal AORC Outright desk as a result of we consider the AORC – its riders, stakeholders and followers – are all of the poorer for being disadvantaged of round-by-round details about riders’ Outright outcomes and their standing within the Outright factors desk.
So, for the file (and since we’ve continued to publish progressive factors standings for the AORC’s Outright all year long), right here’s not solely the highest 20 Outright placegetters on this 12 months’s AORC, however an inventory of each rider who’s completed within the prime 20 at any spherical of the sequence and earned themselves Outright factors. To all of you, congratulations!
NOTE: Sadly, the EJ-class riders won’t ever know the place they completed the 2023 season within the Outright factors standings as a result of they raced on a separate course for the sequence finale Enduro-format rounds at Dungog (on personal property, as a result of public highway licencing points for Beneath 18s), and due to this fact weren’t in a position to acquire Outright factors there.
AORC FINALE – RECAP VIDEO
Right here’s a cool race and season recap video from Rounds 11 and 12 (Dungog, NSW) of the 2023 AORC, introduced by MXstore (produced by 6HD).