There is no denying that this year’s Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship is stacked with talent, and filled with championship contenders, and with just a few days remaining until Rounds 3 and 4 kick off in Portland, NSW, one man who is ready for battle, is Lachlan Stanford.
24-year-old Stanford made his debut on his new Husqvarna FE501 in the E3 class at the first two rounds of the Yamaha AORC, and concluded the season opener with second outright for Round 1, and third outright for Round 2, and will be searching for that top step this weekend.
With Stanford’s results placing him well within championship contention, the Husqvarna rider shared that he was happy with how things played out during his first appearance on the FE501 Husqvarna.
“Leading into round one I was hoping to be battling up the front for the outright win, or to be somewhere within the top three, so I was really happy with the way things went,” Stanford said.
“The first round of the season always places a bit of pressure on us to see where we are going to fit in the mix for the year, and I ended up getting second outright which is great for me for the first round.
“The season opener has been a big confidence booster for me, and it was good battling up the front again – the bike felt amazing, especially considering it was my first weekend on the FE501 Husqvarna, and I’m feeling ready for the next two rounds.”
Heading into round three and four of AORC, the competition heats up once again, and for Stanford, the hard work and preparation continues.
“I felt really good and I felt really fit at the first two rounds, so the plan is not to change too much this weekend,” he said.
“Everything is running very smoothly, and obviously I want to stay in the top three but won’t be doing anything silly to ruin that.
“I think between me and Daniel (Sanders) its going to be tight all year, the first two rounds proved we were only within a couple of seconds off the times of each other.
“I think he is definitely going to be my biggest competition this year, he rides really well, but it’s definitely going to be interesting, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend.” Stanford concluded.
Rounds 3 and 4 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship are set to be held at Portland in New South Wales this weekend, April 9-10.
To keep up to date with Stanford and all the AORC results from Rounds 3 and 4, head to the AORC section of the Motorcycling Australia website or like the ‘AORC’ on Facebook.