The riders were thrown into rough and tough conditions in Cessnock on day three, which included a gruelling 165km trail rides as well as completing five tests. Knee high ruts and bull dust put the rider’s skills on show throughout the Ballards Enduro Test, MXStore and the KTM/Husqvarna tests.
Milner and his 500 EXC KTM can’t put a foot wrong here at Cessnock, grabbing the days three result to back up his wins on days one and two. Milner put on just under two minutes to his nearest E3 competitor, finishing the day with a 33:18.345. Husqvarna’s Lachlan Stanford again finished in second position, trailing Milner by 1:27.942s. The podium on day three was rounded out by Broc Grabham aboard his Gas Gas, trailing Stanford by 20 seconds after the 165km trail and five tests.
Milner battled through a tough day to claim the day three win; “The trail was tough, it basically turned into a special test as we had to make the test, but we were solid in the tests grabbing all five test wins. It was a bit of a struggle in the test as they were clapped out with knee high ruts, and I also had two crashes in the tests, but I managed to keep pushing forward and stay at the front. I’m looking forward to the final moto tomorrow as I’ve never won a final moto, so I will be looking to grab the win and take out the A4DE title,” finished Milner.
Sanders aboard his Husqvarna 450 continued to lead the pack in the E2 class, taking out day three as he did on days one and two. Pushing his bike to the limit and losing a helmet peak, Sanders stopped the clock on day three at 33:25.379. Active8 Yamaha Yamalube rider Josh Green backed up his day two second place with another second place on day three behind Sanders, trailing Sanders by 45.502s. Green’s teammate Will Ruprecht has finished day three in third position and showing no signs of the shoulder injury he suffered earlier this season, completing the five tests to trail Green by just under 40 seconds.
Sanders battled his way to a third win here at A4DE; “It was a very tough day at the office in the dust, it was great to finish what was a long and tiring day and grab the win again. I’m looking forward to the final moto tomorrow, as I get to bring out my motocross skills and the boys will get loose and wild, but its going to be good fun on the 450, and the plan will be to get a good start and check out from the pack,” said Sanders.
Husqvarna’s Fraser Higlett continued his impressive A4DE campaign, grabbing the honours on day three. Higlett is a fan on the dusty tracks and put that to good use during the five tests and 165km gruelling trails, stopping the clock at 34:31.299. Motocross convert turned enduro rider Luke Styke continues to impress on his Active8 Yamaha Yamalube collecting second position trailing Higlett by 13.649s. Michael Driscoll has looked at home here at A4DE in the E1 class, after making the jump from the EJ class he runs in the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC), placing in third position and trailing Styke by 22 seconds.
Day 3 A4DE E3 Provisional Results
1. Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Racing Team) - 33:18.345
2. Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) - 34:46.287
3. Broc Grabham - 35:05.595
4. Andrew Wilksch (Motul Pirelli Sherco Team) – 35:43.622
5. Kane Hall - 35:44.444
6. Tom Mason - 36:14.243
7. Jesse Lawton - 36:34.967
8. Stuart Holt - 37:46.934
9. Hayden Keeley - 39:11.780
10. Kade Dorrington - 39:13.821
Day 3 A4DE E2 Provisional Results
1. Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) - 33:25.379
2. Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Off-Road Team) - 34:10.881
3. Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Off-Road Team)- 34:49.522
4. Stefan Granquist - 35:05.726
5. Scott Keegan - 35:10.341
6. Jarrod Bewley - 35:47.426
7. Chris Hollis - 35:50.687
8. Geoff Braico 36:18.452
9. Joshua Brierley - 36:30.999
10. Tom Kite - 36:44.655
Day 3 A4DE E1 Provisional Results
1. Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) - 34:31.299
2. Luke Styke (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Off-Road Team) - 34:44.948
3. Michael Driscoll - 35:07.244
4. Jeremy Carpentier (Yamaha MX Store Ballard’s Off-Road Team) - 35:33.752
5. Jack Simpson - 35:55.963
6. Brad Hardaker - 36:45.888
7. Mitchell Brierley - 38:14.011
8. Thomas Jenner - 39:05.163
9. Morgan Fitzgerald - 39:05.496
10. PD Allan - 39:14.960
The action wraps up tomorrow with the eagerly anticipated final moto at the Cessnock Racecourse. Riders will take on the 2.1km man built motocross track for five laps in each class. To keep up with all the happenings at the 2018 Yamaha Australian Four Day Enduro by visiting the A4DE website! or by following the A4DE on Facebook and Instagram.
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