|Australasian Safari: Husaberg Teamreport - David Schwarz takes 4th place.|
This year’s Australasian Safari saw the Husaberg Rallye Racing team with three riders competing in the Safari on Husaberg FE570’s and Annie Seel female 2010 Dakar champion on a FE450 in Production class. David Schwarz ran a fast consistent pace through-out the Safari staying out of harms way to claim 4th outright and 2nd in the M3.2 Production class where no engine changes are allowed.
Current top Aussie Dakar rider David, on a 2010 Husaberg FE570, is no stranger to Safari, this being his 8th Safari start. David said his strategy was to ride to be there at the end of the week and wait for the others to make mistakes. This approach certainly paid off as several top runners dropped by the wayside with either injury or mechanical issues.
Brazilian Ze Helio in his Safari debut was very impressed both by the event itself, the rugged Australian terrain and the speed and skill of the top Aussie rally racers. While Ze quickly strove to adapt to an unfamiliar motorcycle, a roadbook with instructions in English rather than his native Portuguese and the differencing landscapes and surfaces the Safari passed over, early electric gremlins with his bikes throttle position sensor on Leg 2 meant a 5 hour penalty for service during the Marathon stage. While the time penalty dropped Ze from contention he consistently ran with the front runners on subsequent legs with several 3rd and 4th fastest stage times and was overall fastest on the final Esperance dune stage on Leg 7.
Annie Seel from Sweden claimed fastest Safari female for the second year running and consistently ran amongst the top 15 riders throughout the Safari with competitive stages of up to 250km long and marathon days of 650km.This years Safari has been widely regarded as the toughest in recent years, with a 40% DNF rate comparable to that of the Dakar rally.
The route of the event took competitors from Southern Cross out to the remote fringes of the Great Victoria Desert and back to Coolgardie, Norseman and finally the Dakar like coastal dunes around Esperance. The teams results once again speak hugely for the new 2010 FE Husaberg’s which proved they can take on the toughest landscapes of the Australian outback in their stride. All the bikes finished with the same motor they started with, and coped well with all obstacles along the way and once again proved the potential of the light weight, great handling and abundant power that has been a Husaberg trademark for many years.
The Husaberg Rallye Racing Safari team wishes to gratefully acknowledge the fantastic support Husaberg Australia, Valley Force Husaberg, SeaDoo West, Wanneroo Motorcycles, Gas Imports and Birdman Accessories provided for this years Safari event.
2010/10/01 | 09:38 CET | EDITOR: MR/HS/SCHWARZ