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Australasian Safari: Local biker Ben Grabham with 18 minutes lead for Final.






The Friday was a dusty day at the Australasian Safari Rally. If he can navigate his way through the final Leg on Saturday, the Australian moto rider Ben Grabham will be set for a first place finish. At the end of the 325 competitive kilometres of Friday´s two stages, Grabham was more than 18 minutes ahead of his closest rival Todd Smith. Both riders and third fastest rider Matt Fish are all riding for the KTM Racing Team, which is aiming for a trifecta.

General consensus amongst the top of the field of riders was that the course today was quite different to what they have experienced on previous legs of the event. Riding across salt lakes, along fencelines and through sandier terrain made the stages faster.

Grabham said map reading was now the key to unlocking his third Australasian Safari win. "I preferred the trails we used in today´s Leg and had a solid day. I don´t worry about the ground I´m riding on, it´s really just the map reading I´m worrying about now."

Todd Smith said he had a bad night´s sleep last night and was feeling a bit flat today. He was five minutes behind Grabham in the first stage of the day, but moved back to second place by the end of the second. "I purposely took it a bit easy today to make sure I didn´t make any mistakes," Smith said.

Rod Faggotter started the first stage, despite having a broken finger from yesterday´s racing, but did not make it through the day. This moves Victorian Matthew Fish in to a likely third placing. "When I heard that Rod was out after the first stage I took it easier. The best I can hope for is a third placing tomorrow so now I´m just going to get to the finish so the boys will be getting our bikes ready overnight to prepare for the sandy conditions," Fish said.

Dakar rider David Schwarz, on a Husaberg FES70, is no stranger to sand dunes and currently in the fourth fastest position, said his strategy tomorrow was to ride as he has been all week and wait for the others to make mistakes. "The bike´s holding up well and it´s all about watching the track. I´ll keep riding the same way and will hopefully stay in the top field of riders."

Brazilian rider Ze Helio had another strong day finishing fourth in the stages today, and is placed 11 overall. Australian Paul Smith continues to lead the charge in the quads, increasing his lead to approximately three hours 45 minutes.

It´s the eve of Safari 2010´s final Leg, which promises to provide a thrilling finish through the coastal sand dunes of Esperance to the southern ocean, the location of what are arguably some of Australia´s most stunning beaches.

An official podium finish will be held on the foreshore of the town of Esperance, with every competitor still in the race celebrating the fact they have managed to finish this gruelling event.

Considered one of the world´s great endurance events, the Australasian Safari has travelled from Southern Cross in the wheatbelt through to the historic Western Australian goldfields, desert, rugged bush and coastal sand dunes.

2010/09/24 | 10:39 CET | EDITOR: MR/HS/PITTAWAY











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Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




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Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




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Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




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Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




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