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Welcome to the Australasian Safari 2012 special newssection. To read an article just click on the specific headline below. All articles are visible for several years and under special subdomain [ COPY & CLICK HERE ] or use the SEARCH.




Australasian Safari: Bad day for last year´s winner Todd Smith and Honda.





Competitors were treated to a seabreeze and perfect clear skies today throughout the 3 timed sections between Geraldton and Kalbarri. GHR Honda rider Warren Strange was first on road at 6.30am for the SS1 Coronation North 18.21km beach run.

The stage was won by KTM rider Matt Fish, closely followed by GHR riders Todd Smith, brother Jacob and Warren Strange all less than a minute behind. In the quad division GHR rider Paul Smith came in 10 seconds behind Glenn Brown for second place.

Strange arrived at the end 106.75km of the SS2 Whelarra stage 03.28 ahead of Jacob Smith. Shane Diener followed in third, but Todd Smith succumbed to engine troubles and DNF'd the stage. He's now out of contention for an second Safari win this year and also the Dakar challenge, but he will continue tomorrow and try to help the other team members. In the quads, Paul Smith dropped to third place due to a puncture.

Leaving the coastal sand for some tighter running and trickier navigation, the field turned inland for the 76.36km SS3 Murchison Off Road stage. This traced along the dry bed of the Murchison River and challenged riders with ongoing sections of tight corners.

Strange missed a turn and lost a minute making good, but Jacob Smith pushed ahead to make up some useful time. Paul Smith recovered some time after replacing his punctured tyre to end up second in the quad division.

Jacob Smith: "The sand in SS1 was great fun. I caught Shane in SS2 and I'll be really interested to see the times for SS3. It was tight but I nailed it."

Warren Strange: "SS1 was great fun. I made no mistakes other than finding my way down to the waterline at just the right time to be swamped by a wave. In SS2 I missed a turn, found the track quickly and kept going but another error in SS3 cost me about a minute. I'm running well but really not wanting to take risks. I felt right at home in the sand."

Brett Cummings: "A good day! SS1 navigation in the sand was pretty simple but in SS2 it was harder. I loved the tight conditions in SS3."

Paul Smith: "The sand and whoops in SS1 were draining and looking at the tracks all over the place people were making mistakes. I made some myself but did OK. A flat front tyre in SS2 slowed me down. I have to say SS3 was one of the best stages I've ever been on. More of that please!

Mike Johnson: "I had a clean ride, no problems, I didn't crash into anything so I'm happy. I stopped to help someone for a couple of minutes too. I wasn't so keen on the beach section but the tight tracks later were excellent."

Guy Henley: "A good day out. I admit I was nervous about roos in the beginning. I'm still learning but the sand is very similar to the conditions we race in at home. Tomorrow I'll keep a constant pace and see what we can pick off."

Glen Grundy: "I found the beach tricky - it wasn't always a clear track as such, just a series of trails behind the first dune and very slippery. Once I got off the sand it was brilliant. I picked up a few spots, but having passed 3 mechanical failures I can't say it's all talent."

"I rode with Tamsin Jones for a long while today. She was without fuel at the splash and dash so I gave her some to keep her going. The riverbed was different to what we know from home, crossing it back and forth rather than riding straight down a canyon. All smiles today."

Glenn Hoffmann: "2004 was the last time I was racing personally, so this is a nice change. I'm still getting to know the car so tomorrow I'll just keep on driving it and see how we go."

2012/09/24 | 14:57 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/GHR Honda











Australasian Safari PHOTOS: All Photo Galleries of the Safari sorted by date | 18.10.2012 15:37 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: All Videos of the Australasian Safari sorted by date | 17.10.2012 17:28 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Final overall results after SS07 Geraldton Quads | 10.10.2012 20:09 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Final overall results after SS07 Geraldton Bikes | 10.10.2012 20:05 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Final overall results after SS07 Geraldton Cars | 10.10.2012 20:01 |




Australasian Safari: And the winners are... After 8 days the Safari finished. | 29.09.2012 14:29 |




Australasian Safari: Dakar Challenge won by South African Brett Cummings. | 29.09.2012 12:51 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: FINAL OVERALL results after 07 BIKE/QUAD | 29.09.2012 12:39 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: FINAL OVERALL results after Stage 07 - CARS | 29.09.2012 12:09 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Official video of SS06 Gascoyne Junction - Kalbarri | 29.09.2012 11:32 |




Australasian Safari: Honda riders Jacob and Paul Smith lead bikes & quads. | 29.09.2012 11:17 |




Australasian Safari: Stage 06 brought the participants back west to Kalbarri. | 29.09.2012 10:31 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS06 - BIKE/QUAD | 29.09.2012 10:00 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 06 - CARS | 29.09.2012 09:28 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: Impressions SS06 Gascoyne Junc.-Kalbarri (74). | 29.09.2012 08:41 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Official video of SS05 Gascoyne Junction round | 29.09.2012 08:34 |




Australasian Safari: Tricky beautiful 448 km in SS05 near Gascoyne Junction. | 27.09.2012 15:21 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: Impressions SS05 Gascoyne Junction round (48). | 27.09.2012 15:07 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS05 - BIKE/QUAD | 27.09.2012 14:03 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 05 - CARS | 27.09.2012 13:30 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Behind the scenes - the Catering crew of the Safari | 27.09.2012 09:18 |




Australasian Safari: Holden and Subaru leader after SS04 Gascoyne Junction. | 27.09.2012 08:42 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Movie of SS04 Carnarvon-Gascoyne Junction | 27.09.2012 07:16 |




Australasian Safari: Smith consolidates lead in front of Strange & Cummings. | 27.09.2012 06:40 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS04 - BIKE/QUAD | 27.09.2012 06:33 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 04 - CARS | 27.09.2012 06:09 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: SS 04 Carnarvon-Gascoyne Junction Cars (68). | 26.09.2012 15:39 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: SS 04 Carnarvon-Gascoyne Junction Bikes (55). | 26.09.2012 15:33 |




Australasian Safari: Isuzu Motorsport happy with "Dakar Check" on Safari. | 26.09.2012 15:13 |




Australasian Safari: Spectacular dunes and coastline in SS03 at Carnarvon. | 26.09.2012 13:22 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Bike-crash onboard Husaberg Manuel Lucchese | 26.09.2012 13:01 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Official video of SS03 round Carnarvon - Carnarvon | 26.09.2012 12:53 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS03 - BIKE/QUAD | 25.09.2012 16:08 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 03 - CARS | 25.09.2012 15:26 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Fixing Isuzu D-Max for Dakar - Garland Interview | 25.09.2012 14:52 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: Impressions of SS02/03 Carnarvon Cars (72). | 25.09.2012 14:30 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: Impressions of SS02/03 Carnarvon Bikes (48). | 25.09.2012 14:18 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: A stage onboard with "Coconut" Mitsubishi Pajero | 25.09.2012 12:23 |




Australasian Safari: "What they said" after 490 km SS02 Kalballi-Carnarvon. | 25.09.2012 08:36 |




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