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Daniel Milner Captures His Third Hattah Desert Crown

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Daniel Milner recorded a total time of 4h13m17.670s following eight fast-paced laps of the grueling 37-kilometer course.

Daniel Milner has captured his third Penrite Hattah Desert crown for KTM with a flawless display at the 2021 event held over the weekend just outside of Mildura in Victoria.

The 29-year-old, was fastest in both Saturday’s Prologue and Top 10 Shootout putting him at the front font the 355 riders field for Sunday’s four-hour / 8 lap marathon.

Once the action was underway, Milner was at his finest aboard the KTM 500 EXC-F, swapping positions for the lead in the opening laps with second fastest qualifier Masson Semmens aboard his GASGAS MC 450F, before Milner eventually pulling clear at the front of the field.

Milner recorded a total time of 4h 13m 17.670s following eight fast-paced laps of the grueling 37-kilometer course, pitting a total of four times and crossing the finish with a 38.846s advantage ahead of Semmens.

“We were really happy to be back at Hattah, to win the Prologue and go fastest in the Top 10 Shootout was really good.” Milner stated. “Today was a fun race actually, battling with Mason [Semmens] in those opening laps brought a lot of excitement, and to go on and win my third Hattah was big for me.

“After the pit stops changed things up we ended up riding by ourselves, but he kept me honest the whole way and that kept the focus going – I had to step it up on that final lap to make sure he didn’t get by me! The KTM 500 EXC-F was perfect for the race, we didn’t have our usual team with us because of the border restrictions, but everybody involved did such a good job to bring it all together.

“It was a gnarly race, probably one of the roughest we’ve had, so it’s a really good feeling to get the win here today.”

Mason Semmens second place was a great achievement for a rider completing his first full senior event.

For Mason Semmens the second place was a great achievement for a rider completing his first full senior event, after winning the junior class in previous years.

“I was loving the MC 450F here this weekend and the race was a good one, for sure. To battle with [Daniel] Milner at the start of the race and have the opportunity to learn from him, there’s nothing like that, and after four hours I was happy with the end result.” Semmens commented.

“I’ve raced Hattah a lot, but never the full distance as a senior like we did today and it was definitely tough, so finishing second and winning my class was a great achievement for myself and the GASGAS Racing Team.

“We just kept pushing right to the end and I’m really happy with how it went!”

Rounding out the top three in this year’s race was Husqvarna’s Callum Norton.

Rounding out the top three in this year’s race was Husqvarna’s Callum Norton.

Starting from outside the top twenty Norton put in a great showing to quickly work his way up the field, eventually finishing on the final step of the podium.

“It was a tough race because I didn’t put in the best of laps yesterday, so we started 22nd and just had to go to work today,” Norton explained.

“Everything went pretty smooth from the beginning, we were up to fifth by the end of lap one and I was able to get into a rhythm, keep ticking away from there.

“I was still confident that we would be strong today, the Husqvarna Racing Team has put in a huge effort for this race and the FE 501 is as good as it gets, so it was good to rebound for a strong result when it counted. The podium was the aim and that’s where we ended up!”

Emma Milesevic continued to show strength and will amongst men in Motorsport with an impressive 31st overall race result

Emma Milesevic continued to show strength and will amongst men in Motorsport with an impressive 31st overall race result

Muc-Off Honda’s Emma Milesevic continued to show strength and will amongst men in Motorsport with an impressive 31st overall race result on her way to winning the Ladies Tenacious Women Of Hattah 8 lap race.

“I’m so happy with the result, the hard work paid off and I achieved my main goal of taking the win in the women’s. I also wanted a top 30 outright and I was 31st and I wanted a top 10 in the up-to 450cc class and I was 11th, so I just missed both of those.” Milesevic commented.

“I will admit I was bummed to miss the top 10 by less than 30 seconds, especially after going so hard for the four hours,” Milesevica concluded.

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