Yamaha A4DE Womens, Veterans and Masters get going at Cessnock
April 04, 2018

The 2018 Yamaha Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) was greeted with dusty conditions as Jessica Gardiner started her quest for the A4DE Womens title in great form, taking out the Womens class. Ben Grabham lead the way in the Veterans class at Cessnock. Brad Williscroft rode in fine style to claim day one honours in the Masters class.

With the return to the birthplace of the Australian Enduro scene, the Cessnock weather decided to throw some rain at the riders in the morning and then sunshine from lunch time onwards. The weather didn’t phase the riders as they handled the conditions well and took on the five tests, the MXStore, Ballards, Funnel Web and KTM/Husqvarna tests.  

The battle on day one for the Women’s class was one to watch, with eventual leader Gardiner, Jemma Wilson and Emelie Karlsson all trading places early in the day before Gardiner made her move in the afternoon to take out the opening day. Gardiner leads all comers with a time of 41:05.649, holding just under a ten second gap to Wilson in second 41:15.056, whilst Karlsson is sitting in third position after ending the day with a time of 41:42.897. The battle out front is definitely going to be one to watch over the next three days.

In the Veterans class on day one at Cessnock, it will be Grabham leading the paddock into day two after recording a 37:46.980 over the five tests. Damian Smith battled well in the dusty conditions to stop the clock at 38:39.795, to secure second position. In third position after day one will be Greg Stephens after clocking a time of 40:16.055, which leaves him within striking distance of Smith in the battle for second position.

Williscroft has set the pace in the Master class at the opening day of the A4DE stopping the clock at 39:08.754, Williscroft is in a commanding position with a lead of three minutes. James Deakin is sitting in second position after day one, Deakin will be looking to continue his riding form on day two after finishing with a time of 42:10.937. The podium was rounded out by Matt Dymock who is only 13 seconds behind Deakin, with a great battle for second place looming over the next three days.

Day 1 A4DE Womens Provisional Results
1. Jessica Gardiner – 41:05.649
2. Jemma Wilson – 41:15.056
3. Emelie Karlsson – 41.42.897
4. Sophie Coldicutt – 44:10.235
5. Courtney Rubie – 46:46.519
6. Tamara Gray – 49:51.412
7. Julie Denyer – 59:01.222
8. Danielle Foote – 1:01:24.024
9. Catherine Kingsley – 46:25.823 *did not complete all tests
10. Avril Gill – 39:33.151 *did not complete all tests

Day 1 A4DE Veterans Provisional Results
1. Ben Grabham – 37:46.980
2. Damian Smith – 38:39.795
3. Greg Stephens – 40:16.055
4. Dan Ralph – 40:35.738
5. Chris Thomas – 40:38.452
6. Richard Chibnall – 40:48.935
7. Jarrad Hardcastle – 40:55.802
8. Leigh Bentley – 41:18.194
9. Dave Jongebloed – 41:55.243
10. Adam Schneller – 42:19.309

Day 1 A4DE Masters Provisional Results
1. Brad Williscroft – 39:08.754
2. James Deakin – 42:10.837
3. Matt Dymock – 42:23.937
4. Sean Clarke – 42:30.208
5. Con Thermos – 43:38.431
6. John Baker – 44:01.908
7. Brett Kenny – 44:13.414
8. Ross Style – 44:28.263
9. Michael Collins – 44:32.049
10. Craig Treasure – 44:44.331
The action continues tomorrow from 7:30am with the riders facing 11 tests and covering up to 150km, to keep up with all the happenings at the 2018 Yamaha Australian Four Day Enduro by visiting the A4DE websiteor by following the A4DE on Facebook and Instagram.

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