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GHR Honda Rider AJ Roberts wins AORC on new CRF450R9

18 May, 2009 - Round 3 of the Australian Offroad Championship had all of Australia’s top off road riders descend on Blayney NSW to do battle.

Recent dry weather saw the format for Saturday’s proposed cross country changed to the traditional sprint racing format.

Riders arose on Saturday morning to freezing cold conditions and light rain causing the extremely technical track to be even more challenging.

The days loop was approximately 13 minutes long and many riders paid the penalty for getting offline.

GHR Honda rider, AJ Roberts on his CRF450 R9 dominated early proceedings winning the first four heats comfortably. AJ then consolidated his lead to bring home Honda’s first offroad victory for their all new CRF450 R9.

AJ said, “The bike was great today, a big thank you to all the team and Honda for sticking by me with the testing and getting the new bike dialled.“

Team Manager, Glenn Hoffman commented “With the advent of the new 09 450R the team had to deal with a different brand of forks, new shock, new fuel injected engine and a completely new chassis. The potential of this bike is enormous and the team combined with our sponsors products are starting to get on top of development.

This was the first offroad round where we had our flywheels fitted and Vortex ignitions along with some suspension internals. The great outcome was a direct result of the hard work put in by AJ, Simon, Marty and all the team.”

After Boyley’s good result at the 4Day winning the final moto and finishing fourth, todays result of 8th outright was a good result but a little disappointing. Boyley said, “The track today was very technical and a few too many get-offs cost me any chance of a good result.

Sunday morning Round 4 of the AORC had AJ once again leading the field. The riders did two laps of a modified track from the previous day to then swap over and complete four laps of an all new course. AJ led the pack for the whole day, except for the very last kilometre on the last lap, where he had a monumental crash after hitting an unseen rock in the bull dust. The crash caused him to lose first place for the day and end up second to Jarrod Bewley by 1.5 seconds.

AJ said; “The day started good again, the bike was working well and we were setting good times to hold the lead, I simply hit something in the bull dust and it cost me today’s win, that’s racing!”

Glenn Hoffmann said “AJ was once again riding really well and led the entire day except for the last kilometre, he had done enough to win again, but unfortunately he hit something he didn’t see. But he now knows that he can win and it makes the Championship very tight between AJ, Merriman and Bewley.”

Boyley struggled again with the very technical track, he commented. “Yeah the track wasn’t really suited to my style, I look forward to (hopefully) the sand at the next round in South Australia.”

The teams next challenge is the Finke Desert Race, the GHR crew were testing at Alice Springs two weeks ago and leave for another week of testing on Wednesday.

After winning Honda’s first offroad enduro round on the all new CRF450 R9 the GHR crew are looking to be the first to win a major desert race on the all new weapon.