With the final two rounds of the Australian Off Road Championships being run and won over the weekend at Omeo in Victoria’s Gippsland region, there were some impressive rides that took place with a number of titles coming down to the last race of the series.
In the J2 class Tasmanian Kyron Bacon came into the final two rounds needing to win both days if he was to clinch the championship on his BCP CRF150R. And he came ever so close, winning one of the two days racing while finishing a close second in the other.
Saturday’s event at Omeo saw the young Tasmanian lead until the very last lap where a rear puncture would drop him back to second place for the day.
A dominant ride from Bacon on the final day saw him win all four events to secure the final round win. The win meant that Bacon had not been off the podium all year and would secure himself a well earned 2nd place in the Championship behind young gun Will Riordan who he’d battled with the whole series.
“It’s been a really fun and rewarding series,” said Bacon.
“I’m so gutted to have come so close and just miss out on the title. But I’m actually really happy with our series campaign. We didn’t finish off the podium once and the bike didn’t miss a beat. I managed to keep it on two wheels most of the time while always giving it 100%.”
“I want to say a huge thank you to my dad and my whole family for their support, and to all of our sponsors that make it possible to go racing. I can’t wait to see what 2018 holds stepping up to the big 250 class,” continued Bacon.
Kyron’s team-mate Baylee Davies had an impressive series in the hotly contested E1 category on board his CRF250R and looked set to battle for a top three overall finish, however a DNF at the penultimate round due to a fuel miscalculation meant that the multi time Tasmanian State MX Champion had to settle for a credible fifth place in the Championship.
“It’s been a tough campaign this year with plenty of ups and some downs as well,” said Davies.
“We’ve had some great races but also a couple of rounds where things went a bit pear shaped. I’m still happy to have put the BCP Honda 250 up in the top 5 and would like to thank all of our team sponsors and my personal sponsors for helping to make this all possible.”