Monday, February 8, 2010

PRESS RELEASE:

Riders Rev Up for Portland Yamaha A4DE

Dirt bike racers from across Australasia and some international champions are chomping at the bit for the 2010 Yamaha Australian 4-Day Enduro (A4DE) being held at Portland, NSW, on April 8th to 11th.

Entries are now open for the iconic event and can be found at
www.a4de2010.com.au Early bird (discounted) entries close February 25th.

The Yamaha A4DE is the second largest enduro motorcycle race in the southern hemisphere and attracts some of the fastest and most accomplished enduro riders in the world.

Three hundred and fifty riders will this year line up at Portland (near Lithgow) to battle for national class titles and the Yamaha A4DE Outright crown.

Included in the list of confirmed entrants are five-time world champion, Yamaha’s Stefan Merriman, Australian Off-Road Champion, Toby Price (Motorex KTM) and his teammate and last year’s A4DE Outright winner, Jarrod Bewley.

Several international riders have also shown interest in competing this year. One who has already entered is eight-time American Enduro Champion and Husaberg rider, Mike Lafferty.

Plenty of local enduro racers will also contest the event - Lithgow’s Gary Dukes (of the Sutto’s Husaberg Racing Team) is one who can’t wait for the race.

“I was able to place third at the Orange A4DE last year in the Veteran’s Class, so hopefully I’ll go a few better this year,” Dukes said.

“It’s gonna be a great event and living so close will make it even better. Living only an hour away from last year’s A4DE I thought I was lucky, but this year I’m only 10-minutes away from parc ferme - it will be great to sleep in your own bed and not live out of a suit case.

“I’m really excited about Oyster Bay hosting the event. They give 100 per cent for these type of races and they’ve got some great properties to host special tests.

“We’ve been getting a lot of rain of late, so there should be plenty of moisture in the ground. I know quite a few riders who will have a go of it, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot more riders turn up for the four day this year.”

Ballard's Wellard Yamaha’s Stefan Merriman (pictured), who has not been able to compete in an A4DE since 2007, is equally as excited about the Portland Yamaha A4DE.

“I’m really looking forward to it because I missed out last year with injury, “ Merriman said. “I enjoy the enduro events and with [Rick Braico] organising the track, I’m sure it will be a good one. Competition-wise it’s gonna be a very tough four-day and season. Tougher than last year. The younger guys are getting faster... I’ve been riding with Ben Burrell lately and he’s very fast. A lot of the top guys have also changed bikes, and there’s a lot of new motivation for everyone... it’s gonna be a good race.”

The 32nd annual A4DE will be held at Portland (near Lithgow, NSW) on April 8th to 11th, 2010.

Entries will be capped at 350 riders, supplementary regulations are now available from
www.a4de2010.com.au. Early bird entries ($525 per rider or $500 with own transponder) will close February 25th. Entries will close March 25th, the non-early-bird entry fee is $590 per rider or $565 with own transponder.

The event boasts the following classes: E1 (100cc to 150cc 2-Stroke & 150cc to 250cc 4-stroke), E2 (175cc to 250cc 2-stroke & 275cc to 450cc 4-Stroke), E3 (290cc to 500cc 2-stroke & 475cc to 650cc 4-stroke), Veteran's (Over 35-years), Master's (Over 45-years) and Women All Powers.

There is also a state-versus-state, club-versus-club and manufacturer-versus-manufacturer element to the race, with senior, junior and club teams from each state and trade teams going head to head.

The Oyster Bay Motorcycle Club is hosting the event, with assistance from the Central Tablelands Motorcycle Club. The OBMCC is made up of more than 300 enduro-passionate members and is arguably one of the most successful and longest-running enduro clubs in NSW. The Central Tablelands Motorcycle Club host the well-known Sunny Corner Rally, a yearly event which attracts nearly 800 riders.

The OBMCC would like to thank YAMAHA as well as the event’s remaining sponsors: KTM AUSTRALIA, HUSABERG AUSTRALIA, SPORTSCAMERA, PIRELLI TYRES, SUTTO’S M/C, NEWLITE TRAILERS, BALLARD'S OFF-ROAD, MOTUL, METZELER, PRORIDER M/C, MUC-OFF, TRIPLE R M/C, UNIFILTER, WESTERN M/C, KENNY SIGNS & GRAPHICS, NYCON SECURITY GROUP, BARKBUSTERS and HILLS PHOTOGRAPHY.

A4DE info and news can be found at the official website:
www.a4de2010.com.au

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