News 10 Feb 2010

Oz OR: Yamaha title sponsor of AORC and A4DE once again

Merriman will be a favourite in the Yamaha-sponsored AORC and A4DE.

Merriman will be a favourite in the Yamaha-sponsored AORC and A4DE.

The Australian Off-Road Championship will continue to grow from strength to strength in 2010 with the announcement of Yamaha Motor Australia as the continuing naming right’s sponsor.

This year the championship is being organised by Motorcycling Australia in conjunction with leading motorcycle clubs from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

MA CEO David White said they were happy with the level of industry support for the series, with Yamaha as well as Motul, Pirelli, RK Chains, Polisport, Endura, Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine, Ballard’s Off-Road and GP Industries all sponsors.

“Even despite the tough economic climate several leading companies have dug deep to ensure the continued growth and success of this vital championship,” White said.

“I would like to thank all of our dedicated sponsors, especially Yamaha and our Official Tyre Sponsor for 2010 Pirelli, Official Oil Sponsor Motul, Official Graphics Sponsor GP Industries and Official Media Partner ADB Magazine.

“Without the commitment from all of our sponsors this championship wouldn’t be possible and our vision for its growth and progression this year certainly wouldn’t be a reality.

“We’re very excited about the championship this year, it’s shaping up very well and all the clubs and individuals who are involved are working tirelessly to ensure each round is a hit for riders, spectators and sponsors.

“The Hastings Valley Motorcycle Club have been hard at work preparing a fantastic track for the opening rounds at Port Macquarie, so we’re expecting the series to really kick-off with a bang on 13-14 March.”

Sparks are expected to fly at the Port Mac Piston season opener at Port Macquarie next month, with reigning AORC champ Toby Price, now a member of Motorex KTM, to go head to head with the nation’s best, including ex-world champion Stefan Merriman of Ballard’s Wellard Yamaha.

Supplementary regulations for the Port Mac Piston will be available shortly from

Yamaha has also been announced as the title sponsor of the Australian Four-Day Enduro to be hosted by the Oyster Bay Motorcycle Club at Portland, near Lithgow in NSW, on 8-11 April.

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27 January 2010
Yamaha announced as A4DE naming rights sponsor

ImageYamaha Motor Australia has secured naming rights sponsorship of the 2010 Australian 4-Day Enduro (A4DE) being hosted by the Oyster Bay Motorcycle Club (OBMCC) from April 8th to 11th at Portland, NSW (near Lithgow).

OBMCC President Chris Dodd said preparations for the iconic race were on schedule and the club had received tremendous support from the motorcycle industry and riders.

“Everyone’s really excited about the race and we’re working tirelessly to make sure it’s an A4DE for the history books,” Dodd said.

“The industry’s been really supportive and we have a fantastic sponsor line-up: we are very pleased to announce Yamaha has come on board as naming rights sponsor for this year’s event.

“Riders are also showing a lot of interest and enthusiasm and I can assure anyone out there who is keen to experience an A4DE that the trails and special tests at the Portland A4DE will be a blast to ride.”

The OBMCC have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on plans for the event, including mapping out and pre-riding the course and special tests – which are tipped to be some of the best in many years.

The A4DE is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious enduro motorcycle events and contributes more than $1.5 million annually to the economy of the host area.

Now in its 32nd year, this year’s Yamaha A4DE will see 350 riders ranging in ability from clubman-level to the country’s elite battle for the Outright crown and national class titles.

Last year’s A4DE was held at Orange, NSW, and saw Jarrod Bewley take the Outright victory over rookie Toby Price.

Entries will be capped at 350 riders, with supplementary regulations now available from