In a day that saw the riders face 165km in trail rides and five tests under the warm Cessnock sun, the ability to push through and master the tough conditions was evident. The Ballards Enduro, MX Store and KTM/Husqvarna test pushed the riders with ruts as high as the riderís knees, and the dusty conditions added another element.
Wilson has bounced back after a second-place finish on day two, to claim day three aboard her Yamaha and stop the clock at 40:31.298. In a day that tested the riders from start to finish, Wilson found an extra gear, and despite a few falls and losing a helmet peak, she found a way to win. Day two winner Jessica Gardiner had to settle for second on day three as she trailed Wilson by 19 seconds. Emelie Karlsson rounded out the podium after a solid days riding, stopping the clock at 41:56.904.
Wilson was happy to grab the win on day three; "Yeah look it was rough as out there today, both the test we did twice today were pretty insane. I had a good first few tests and then i did crash in the last two but to still get the win was pleasing," added Wilson.
Ben Grabham and his Beta once again led the way in the Veterans class at Cessnock, taking no time on day three to put a gap between himself and the Veterans field. Grabham finished day three with a time of 36:29.569, Damien Smith was once again in second position after stopping the clock at 37:02.944. Rounding out the podium in the Veterans class on day three was Richard Chibnall who clocked a time of 39:39.621.
The masters class has been controlled by one rider so far at the A4DE, and that rider is Brad Williscroft who has taken out all three days so far. On a day that saw the riders tackle tough and rough conditions, Williscroft continued to lead the pack and finished the day with a time of 38:42.197. James Deakin continued his good form in the masters class picking up another second-place finish, stopping the clock at 41:11.060. The podium was rounded out by Sean Clarke, who pushed through the tough Cessnock conditions to collect a time of 41:26.194.
Day 3 A4DE Womens Provisional Results
1. Jemma Wilson - 40:31.298
2. Jessica Gardiner - 40:49.550
3. Emelie Karlsson - 41:56.904
4. Sophie Coldicutt - 44:30.432
5. Julie Denyer - 1:14:55.786
Day 3 A4DE Veterans Provisional Results
1. Ben Grabham - 36:29.569
2. Damian Smith - 37:02.944
3. Richard Chibnall - 39:39.621
4. Greg Stephens - 39:41.709
5. Leigh Bentley - 40:13.272
6. Jarrad Hardcastle - 40:26.994
7. Chris Thomas 40:46.398 -
8. Con Privitera - 41:37.012
9. Andrew Frost - 41:39.731
10. Matthew Robinson - 41:43.506
Day 3 A4DE Masters Provisional Results
1. Brad Williscroft - 38:42.197
2. James Deakin - 41:11.060
3. Sean Clarke - 41:26.194
4. John Baker - 44:01.594
5. Ian Jenner - 44:34.095
6. Michael Collins - 44:46.929
7. Craig Treasure - 44:49.930
8. Scott Campbell - 45:06.171
9. Matt Dymock - 45:27.423
10. Neil Loder - 45:44.380
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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