The 2022 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship, presented by MXstore (AORC), has updated its 12-round calendar for the 2022 season, which will visit four states, with some new venues on the calendar and double-headers at each venue.
After COVID-19 saw the 2020 AORC calendar compromised and only two rounds completed in 2021, there are hopes for a full season this year.
The initial draft calendar for 2022 had no venue listed for rounds 1 and 2, but this since been confirmed as Cherrabah in Queensland (south of Warwick, near the NSW border) with the originally scheduled date now changed to 19-20 March. The series remains in Queensland for rounds 3 and 4, which will be held in Mackay on 8-9 April, alongside the ProMX Australian Motocross Championship round.
From Queensland, the series heads to familiar territory near Kyogle in New South Wales for rounds 5 and 6 on 16-17 July, and stays in NSW for rounds 7 and 8 in Nowra on 6-7 August.
Kingston in South Australia is next, hosting its first AORC round since 2018 on 17-18 September.
The 2022 championship will conclude in October at Wynyard on Tasmania’s north coast. Wynyard was scheduled to host rounds in 2020, but they didn’t go ahead, so this year will mark the first time the AORC has visited Tasmania.
Of course, this calendar, like all national-level motorsport competition, remains subject to developments with the pandemic, including border restrictions and quarantine periods. WA’s ongoing hard border and the Victorian government’s trigger-happy lockdown rules explain the lack of these two states on the 2022 calendar.
“The AORC management team have worked hard to ensure the championship can come roaring back into action for 2022,” said Motorcycling Australia CEO, Peter Doyle. “We believe this well-rounded and diverse calendar offers sensational racing at venues riders have been to before as well as providing some new challenges.
“With strong backing from terrific event partners and championship sponsors, large turnouts expected and our host clubs ready to make it all happen; we know riders can’t wait to get stuck into the full 2022 Championship year.”
2022 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship, presented by MXstore*
Round Date Location State
1 & 2 19-20 Mar Cherrabah QLD
3 & 4 8–9 Apr Mackay QLD
5 & 6 16–17 Jul Kyogle NSW
7 & 8 6–7 Aug Nowra NSW
9 & 10 17–18 Sep Kingston SE SA
11 & 12 8–9 Oct Wynyard TAS
*subject to change