Gardiner, Grabham and Williscroft claim Yamaha A4DE Titles on day 4
April 07, 2018

Day Four of the Yamaha Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) has seen Jessica Gardiner take out the final moto and her fifth Womens A4DE title aboard her Yamaha. Ben Grabham completed the sweep in the Veterans class aboard his Beta after taking out the final moto on day four to clinch the veterans A4DE class. Brad Williscroft settled for second place in the final moto on day four, but it was enough for him to claim the Masters title at Cessnock.

There we some tired bodies coming into day four, but a 45km trail ride and the all-important final moto was what stood between the riders and that finish line. The final moto was held at Cessnock Racecourse, a wide grass track was what faced the riders as they battled the 2.1km long course for five laps.

Jessica Gardiner got off to a great start claiming the holeshot and looking like she could make a break from the pack, but Jemma Wilson quickly caught Gardiner and the pair battled it out. The battle went back and fourth with Wilson making the move on Gardiner on lap three before the pair swapped position again on lap four and Gardiner rode her way to victory in 14:10.302. The win in the final moto gave Gardiner her fifth A4DE Womens title. Wilson in her 11th and last A4DE had to settle for second in the final moto with a time of 14:26.923, which also left her second overall and finishes what has been a stellar career at this level. Emelie Karlsson rounded out the podium, finishing in third position at the final moto and grabbing third overall in the process with a time of 14:48.776.

Ben Grabham continued to put his Beta at the front of the Veteran pack, taking out the final moto with a time of 13:04.611 and with that claiming the Veteran title at A4DE. Damian Smith battled hard behind Grabham and the pair couldn’t be split for most of the five laps, but Smith had to settle for second place in the final moto with a time of 13:05.187. Greg Stephens rounded out the podium in the final moto of the Veterans class, putting in a time of 13:50.316.

The final moto was a battle between James Deakin and Brad Williscroft, the pair went back and forth throughout the five-lap race and for the first time in the four days, Deakin got the better of Williscroft in the final moto, taking the win by just over half a second. Ross Style grabbed himself a spot on the podium with a time of 14:06.399, which landed him in third position in the final moto.

Overall A4DE Womens Provisional Results

  1. Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha MX Store Ballard’s Off-Road Team)- 2:24:26.590
  2. Jemma Wilson – 2:25:09.940
  3. Emelie Karlsson – 2:28:19.036
  4. Sophie Coldicutt – 2:38:06.577
  5. Courtney Rubie – 3:13:49.368 

Overall A4DE Veterans Provisional Results

  1. Ben Grabham – 2:11:03.040
  2. Damien Smith – 2:13:35.004
  3. Greg Stephens – 2:21:05.935
  4. Jarrod Hardcastle – 2:22:57.480
  5. Richard Chibnall – 2:23:40.196

Overall A4DE Masters Provisional Results

  1. Brad Williscroft – 2:17:14.929
  2. James Deakin – 2:25:34.988
  3. Sean Clarke – 2:28:48.730
  4. Matt Dymock – 2:32:10.052
  5. John Baker – 2:34:42.680

To see all the action from the 2018 Yamaha Australian Four Day Enduro visit the A4DE websiteor by following the A4DE on Facebook and Instagram.

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