The star pairing of Kyron Bacon and Josh Green at the ShopYamaha Off-Road Racing Team finished the 2023 season strongly with another impressive weekend at the final round of the Australian Off-Road Championship in Dungog.

Between the duo, they finished with two round victories, a second place and a 1-2 finish in Outright honours. Not a bad result in anyone’s language.  

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Kyron Bacon returned in the days leading up to the Dungog around after a three-week stint in Europe racing the Portugal rounds of the World Enduro Championships. His speed and race craft impressed many as he improved with every outing, culminating in a class victory at the final round in the J1 class.

Upon his return it was straight to Dungog and back into AORC mode. Bacon picked up the E1 class win both days comfortably and finished second in Outright honours. He was comfortably ahead of his E1 rivals and was right in the battle of Outright with only a test each day putting him on the back foot.

Still, it has been a successful year for the Tasmanian despite not retaining his E1 and Outright championship. A mid-season injury took its toll, and he missed a round of the AORC, while the riding and travel in Europe left him a little flat for Dungog.

He finished third in the E1 class, winning every round he contested and charged to a second place finish in Outright and showed he is still the man to beat in Australian Enduro.

“It’s been a long and busy year but still satisfying in many ways,” Bacon starts. “To be able to get my way back to third in E1 after missing a couple of rounds is good and I was only six points away from winning the class. Second Outright is also a good result so while I don’t keep my number one, I did everything I could to get the best results possible.

“It’s time to take a bit of a break from racing and recover from the last few months. Thank you to AJ, the ShopYamaha team and all our sponsors for their support in 2023.”

Josh Green is the 2023 AORC Outright Champion. After 13 years of trying, Green finally made it happen and can add that title to a long list of achievements he has notched up over his racing career.

Green raced with purpose on Saturday to ensure the E2 and Outright Championship were well within grasp. In fact, he secured the E2 class championship with a round to spare and Sunday was about just getting the job done and nailing down the Outright victory.

Green cruised to a sixth place round finish and with it the honour of being the best enduro rider in Australia for 2023.

“Not going to lie, pretty pumped to get this done and win the Outright championship. I have won plenty of class championships but never this, until now.

“There are so many people to thank, but I will dedicate this one to AJ who has stood by me and worked with me for over a decade, and we have been trying to win this for so long, it’s cool to finally make it happen for him,” Green ends.