2 days in the past | Phrases: Matt Bernard | Pictures: KTM/Foremost Media
KTM-supported off-road racer Riley McGillivray closed out 2023 in probably the most spectacular vogue, securing victory within the last spherical of the 2023 Australian Off-Street Championship (AORC) and claiming the E3 class championship. Going through a nail-biting end, the 19-year-old McGillivray, who entered the ultimate two rounds of the collection in Dungog, NSW, with a slim four-point lead within the championship, needed to outperform his closest rival to clinch the title.
Amidst the dry and dusty situations of the race, McGillivray and his 2023 KTM 500 EXC-F battled fiercely with Husqvarna racer Stefan Granquist all through Saturday’s races, concluding a gruelling day of competitors simply two seconds behind. The motion on Sunday commenced with solely a single championship level separating the 2 frontrunners. Nevertheless, it was the younger expertise who navigated the scorching situations to determine a 14-second lead after the preliminary three checks.
In the course of the afternoon loop, McGillivray as soon as once more dominated the leaderboard, ending the day with a commanding 17-second lead and, extra importantly, securing the well-deserved E3 championship number-one plate.
“It was a demanding weekend right here for the ultimate rounds, as I wanted no less than a primary and a second to win. After ending second yesterday, it got here all the way down to the wire, with only one level in it. I used to be a bit pissed off yesterday that I wasn’t fast sufficient, so I made positive I got here out of the gates swinging right now! I put some good checks in and constructed a spot, and was in a position to keep that to the top. It blows me away to suppose that the title got here all the way down to a matter of seconds after a full yr of racing, however I couldn’t be happier to take the win.” Riley McGillivray
2023 Australian Off-Street Championship – E3 RESULTS
- Riley McGillivray, 231 factors
- Stefan Granquist, 227
- Sam Pretscherer, 212
- Patrick McGillivray, 156
- Luke Bunnik, 97