Multi-time Australian champion Ben Grabham has claimed the inaugural 125 Amateur Cup in the 2018 Australia Off-Road Championship. The veteran racer on assignment with Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine recorded perfect scores at the double-header, final round in Omeo, Victoria over the weekend. Graham raced to a comfortable victory in Saturday’s three-hour cross country and backed it up with another dominating performance on Sunday’s enduro sprint. Although officially three-years retired from racing, Grabham thoroughly enjoyed his time racing the Sherco 125 SE-R in the AORC.
“I’ve always loved racing and riding 125s so when the AORC announced the 125 Amateur Cup I wanted to support it,” Grabham said. “This is a great class to feed younger talent into the competition and it’s a relatively low-cost thing to do being held over just two weekends. I’ve had a ball and I am certain all the other competitors in the 125 Class did too.”
Grabham placed second at rounds one and two of the 125cc Championship back in July but his dominating performance at Omeo over the weekend sealed yet another Australian Championship for the veteran racer.
“Not actually having a bike of my own I was lucky enough to borrow two different Shercos for this Championship,” Grabham explained. “Motorcycle Land Ballarat loaned me their 2018 125 SE-R for rounds one and two and Toowoomba Bikes and Bits loaned me a new 125 SC cross country model this weekend. The new bike is crazy good with the KYB suspension. The power is better too. It’s just such a fun bike to ride.”
Although racing on assignment for Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine, the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team welcomed Grabham to their pit for the weekend of racing.
“Ben is a real treat to have around the pit,” explained Motul Pirelli Sherco Team manager Derek Grundy. “He’s a quality human and so easy to work with. He prepared and maintained his own bike and just went about his business in an admirable fashion. He knows racing better than most and was a pleasure to observe. He also offered valuable knowledge and feedback which is simply priceless.”