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Ben Grabham wins 2007 Safari

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Ben Grabham has capped his debut in the country's premier off-road event with a brilliant victory aboard his Honda CRF450X. Apart from a navigational error on Day three that cost him 18 minutes, Grabham delivered a superb performance. The 26-year-old Honda backed rider set the fastest time in 16 of the 33 stages, and was second in another nine. He also rode the final six stages with a broken collarbone, sustained in a crash early on day 8 outside Kalgoorlie. Grabham posted a total time of 15 hours 52 minutes and 12 seconds, 8 minutes and 53 seconds ahead of Condobolin 18-year-old Jacob Smith on his Yamaha WR450. In third place, a further 20 minutes 39 seconds behind, was the KTM 660 Rallye of Adrian Channing, who had held the lead for three days in the early part of the event.. Channing, 38, from Broken Hill, finished on a total time of 16 hours 21 minutes and 44 seconds. Grabham was a happy and relieved man after his victory. ‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs more of a relief," he said. "The hard work has paid off. It's good to know everything has worked out." "To have never competed in the event before and come out with a win, shows that anyone can have a go." "When I came off and broke my collar bone I thought, oh God. But I thought, I can do it. I just kept on riding and I'm relieved to have made it here (the Perth finish line)." ‰ÛÏI went a decent speed for the first two sections today, then I eased off and let Jake (Jacob Smith) take it home." Australian Safari Final Results (Provisional)
Top 10 bikes ‰ÛÒ After Stage 33 Day Nine (final stage/day)
1, B GRABHAM (NSW), Honda CRF 450X, 15:52:12
2, J SMITH (NSW), Yamaha WR450, 16:01:05
3, A CHANNING (NSW), KTM 660 Rallye, 16:21:44
4, A RIEMANN (SA), KTM 450EXC, 17:29:01
5, M FISH (VIC), KTM 525 EXC, 17:51:03
6, A COAKER (NSW), Honda CRF 450X, 17:52:36
7, D SCHWARZ (SA), KTM 660 Rally, 18:09:39
8, B KIENHUIS (VIC), Husaberg FE 650, 18:12:36
9, B HUDSON (QLD), KTM, 450 EXC, 18:18:42
10, T O'CONNOR (NSW), Yamaha WR410, 18:22:55

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