News 19 Feb 2020
E2 champion Milner welcoming of Waters’ AORC arrival
Factory KTM rider hopeful motocross regular can battle for wins.
Reigning E2 champion Daniel Milner has reacted to the high-profile arrival of Todd Waters in the 2020 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC), the title-favourite hopeful the MX Nationals MX1 champion can challenge him for victories.
It was confirmed today that Waters will perform double-duties in 2020 following months of speculation, where details revealed he’ll contest the E2 category aboard a Husqvarna Motorcycles Australia-supported FE 450.
KTM Enduro Racing Team’s Milner believes Waters’ entering the off-road scene will offer the sport a boost, while he’s anticipating the former MXGP World Championship regular to be competitive from the beginning.
“To be honest, I think it’s awesome he’s coming over to race off-road,” Milner declared to MotoOnline.com.au. “In the past, we’ve gone over and done a lot of motocross, so to finally have a really high-profile motocross rider come over is awesome.
“He’ll be strong for sure – he’s one of those riders than can adapt to anything – he’s been over racing in Europe and America. He’s definitely going to be a strong competitor, and it will be sick if he can jump up to our pace straight away and run with myself and [Daniel] Sanders for the outright.
“If he can battle me for E2 wins, it will make it interesting. Having a new face who will be fast and competitive will help make our sport bigger and more enjoyable. I’m excited to have him there, and I have a lot of respect for him.”
The Australian Off-Road Championship kicks off this weekend at Toowoomba in Queensland.