Yamaha’s Formidable 2023 AORC Plans

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After successful 9 Australian Off-Highway Championships in 2022, Yamaha Australia aren’t resting on their laurels for 2023, revealing plans for a large off-road marketing campaign that’ll be spearheaded by Kyron Bacon and Josh Inexperienced. Right here’s YMA’s official announcement about their AORC group and rider roster in 2023…


Yamaha Australia, consistent with their internationally recognised ‘Step Up’ program, will now have a variety of assist ranges in off-road that may take riders from the 85cc J1 class to the highest of the tree and successful Outright championships with the ShopYamaha group.

The ShopYamaha Off-Highway group will once more contest the AORC, Hattah and different chosen occasions, with Kyron Bacon and Josh Inexperienced on the controls. JGR Yamaha returns with the identical group of Jess Gardiner, Jeremy Carpentier and Danielle McDonald. New for 2023 would be the introduction of the bLU cRU assist group of Cooper Sheidow, Wil Dennett and Jett Yarnold. And for the primary time, Yamaha Junior Racing could have a presence in off-road with Harley Hutton and Marcus Nowland.


After taking all earlier than him in 2022, the Tasmanian based mostly Kyron Bacon is again with the ShopYamaha Group and trying to hold his close to vertical ascendency on the off-road ladder entering into 2023. On board his trusty 250cc machine, Bacon was not simply the winner of the E1 AORC and A4DE, he additionally gained Outright – a feat that hasn’t been completed since Daniel Milner in 2013. Bacon will stay within the E1 class and look to enhance over his 2022 marketing campaign.

“2022 was a breakout yr for me and I’m aiming for extra of the identical in 2023,” Kyron suggests. “Myself, the ShopYamaha group, in addition to Yamaha Australia have a fantastic relationship and I didn’t even take a look at doing the rest apart from staying with all of the those who have contributed to my success over the previous 12 months. Being based mostly in Tassie could make it exhausting for a group, however AJ [Team Manager] and Brandon [technician] ensure that now we have every little thing we should be able to race and the group works nicely on race days.

“It seems to be like one other massive yr of racing and I’m fairly eager to get began. I’ll proceed to do just a few occasions in Tassie, in addition to the AORC rounds. And I wouldn’t thoughts swinging on a 450 at Hattah if the group lets me. I had a superb break after the final spherical of AORC, received an opportunity to take a look at the MotoGP, and I’m again into coaching now and might’t anticipate the primary spherical of the yr and get again to racing once more,” Bacon ends.

For Josh Inexperienced, 2023 marks his 11th yr with Yamaha Motor Australia and group supervisor, AJ Roberts. Inexperienced has confirmed as sturdy as he’s quick as he continues to search out methods to extend his pace and efficiency at a nationwide degree. Inexperienced gained the E2 division this yr and was third Outright in one other excellent season for the veteran.

His expertise additionally is useful because it was Inexperienced who navigated Bacon to his A4DE win because the teenager had by no means competed in a A4DE earlier than. It was Inexperienced, typically on the sacrifice of his personal end result, steering Bacon via the mayhem of a four-day occasion. However Inexperienced isn’t prepared to hold the boots up but.

“I stored telling AJ, ‘Once you discover a quicker man, I’ll cease,’ however he hasn’t been capable of finding one but,” Inexperienced laughs. “Whereas I’m into my thirties, I nonetheless love a lot about what we do. I like using, I like coaching and being outdoor and I nonetheless benefit from the problem of racing guys like Kyron. I do know I don’t have a whole lot of racing left at this degree, however whereas I nonetheless really feel motivated and I nonetheless get pleasure from it, I’m racing and it’s going to be with Yamaha and AJ,” Inexperienced acknowledged.


Jess Gardiner, the multi-time nationwide off-road champion, is again for 2023 and once more steering her JGR Yamaha Group via one other season. Constructing nearer ties with Yamaha in 2022 enabled JGR to not solely compete at AORC occasions, but additionally develop a training facet of the enterprise in addition to play an envoy function in attracting ladies to the game with Yamaha.

Gardiner, Jeremy Carpentier and rising star, Danielle McDonald will once more be on the group. Carpentier will transfer to the E1 class aboard the WR450F, whereas MacDonald will make the bounce from her trusty YZ125 to the YZ250F for season 2023.

“Final season was a profitable one for the group as Danielle and I have been capable of win championships, whereas Jeremy was a contender at many rounds till an damage slowed him down. However we’re all again and able to go once more for subsequent yr with a spotlight to proceed Danielle’s improvement in addition to encourage extra girl to take up after which compete in filth bikes. I’ve seen a whole lot of development with ladies wanting to begin using and plenty of of them joined the game final yr. The following step is to encourage them to attempt an occasion just like the AORC because it’s nice enjoyable and nicely organised. I’m positive as soon as they do one occasion, they are going to be hooked,” Gardiner stated.


There’ll now be a Yamaha bLU cRU assist trip to assist bridge the hole between Junior riders and professionals in off-road racing. Utilizing the Yamaha bLU cRU assist car, Cooper Sheidow (with help from Pitmans Yamaha in SA), Wil Dennett (EJ), and Jett Yarnold (through the Tremendous-Moto Dealership in Armadale – EJ) will compete with the assist of Yamaha and Yamalube, in addition to some technical assist from the ShopYamaha group to provide younger riders a pathway up the AORC ladder.

“That is one thing now we have talked about for a while and now we have been capable of convey it to fruition in 2023,” explains ShopYamaha group supervisor, AJ Roberts. “There hasn’t been a constant development inside off-road and now I really feel now we have issues in place to not solely assist but additionally encourage riders inside off-road. Cooper, Wil and Jett are all younger and upcoming riders who we really feel have the best attributes to race on the highest degree in Australia, and the formation of this group ought to enable the riders and households to deal with their using and coaching to grow to be higher for the longer term.”


For the primary time, Yamaha Junior Racing will now department out into the off-road world. Lengthy being a motocross-only area, YJR will now assist riders in off-road and starting in 2023, Harley Hutton (son of former AORC champ, Kirk) shall be teamed up with 2022 J2-class winner, Marcus Nowland. Harley and Marcus have been loyal Yamaha riders and are actually rewarded with additional assist to contest the 2023 sequence.

“YJR has had a profitable document in motocross, so it was about time we transferred it throughout to off-road,” AJ Roberts provides. “Yamaha Australia has a improvement path in motocross in addition to street racing, and now now we have a whole path in off-road for each female and male riders. Younger riders can progress via YJR to bLU cRU assist or JGR earlier than going onto the ShopYamaha group. Yamaha Australia has all the time been an enormous supporter of off-road, and this simply provides to what’s already a giant funding in Australian racing. We stay up for working with all of the Yamaha riders on this yr’s sequence and might’t wait to go racing in 2023,” Roberts went on to say.