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Daniel Milner leads a KTM clean sweep to victory at Hattah

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Daniel Milner leads a KTM clean sweep to victory at Hattah
KTM Off Road Racing Team rider Daniel Milner has led home an emphatic orange-wash of yesterday‰Ûªs Penrite Hattah Desert Race, finishing ahead of Daniel Sanders and Lyndon Snodgrass in the 2017 running of the famous event, 70 kilometres south of Mildura.

It was the fourth straight Hattah victory for KTM‰Ûªs 500 EXC-F, with all three team members mounted aboard the mile-munching half-litre monsters, to make the Over-450cc podium a carbon copy of the Outright.

‰ÛÏThe track was real tough here this year; it deteriorated really quick," Milner said. "The last time I did it back in 2012 there were nowhere near as many bikes, so it ended up getting real deep bumps that kicked you about. But it all ended up working out perfectly.

"We had to do an extra fuel stop compared to Chucky, but I just got on his tail and pretty much sat there until the last two laps when it was go time, and then put in a charge and came away with the win," Milner explained, "I‰Ûªm stoked with how I rode. I‰Ûªd never won this event. I really enjoy it and I‰Ûªve kind of always wanted to, so I‰Ûªm over the moon with it, and being a diabetic it‰Ûªs probably the toughest race that I could do. The big 500 was so strong in the deep sand. It just sat up on top and had enough power that you could jump over some whoops and get through some stuff.

"I really enjoyed my day, and I‰Ûªm looking forward to coming back next year - even though the race has only just finished!‰Û
Daniel Milner leads a KTM clean sweep to victory at Hattah
World Enduro Championship competitor Daniel Sanders made a special trip home for Hattah and finished second. Credit: John Pearson
World Enduro Championship competitor Daniel Sanders made a special trip home to re-join the team with which he won last year‰Ûªs AORC, with a view to reaching the top step of the podium in the event in which he last year finished second to then-teammate, Tye Simmonds.

Running the 17-litre tank instead of the 12-litre run by his team mates, Sanders gave away a small handling advantage off the start, but took the lead at the beginning of the second lap as most riders pitted for fuel, and led until the sixth lap when Milner made his move.

With Milner striving to open a gap, Sanders tagged a lapper who fell across his path and crashed at high speed, limping home in second outright with a suspected concussion.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs good to be back, it‰Ûªs such a massive event. It was a pretty rushed job for me, and the prep wasn‰Ûªt sufficient, but I just wanted to be here and have a crack at it," Sanders said.

"I still had some jet lag coming from Greece and I just wasn‰Ûªt fit enough to swing off it for four hours like me and Tye were last year. Doing enduros you don‰Ûªt practise holding the heart rate at 170 for so long, so that was a bit different.

"Daniel and I had a good battle; I elected to run the big 17-litre tank where the boys were running the 12, so off the start Milner pulled away, but when he had to pit I took the lead and held it for the first six laps. Late in the race I just hit a lapper and knocked myself silly. He made a mistake and cut into me and I couldn‰Ûªt go anywhere and I hit my head pretty hard. I couldn‰Ûªt remember the track anymore, so I just kept cruising around and tried to keep the pace going and tried to finish.

"I‰Ûªve got a cranking headache now, but I want to come back again if I can do this properly. Second place is always more motivating than first!‰Û
Daniel Milner leads a KTM clean sweep to victory at Hattah
Lyndon Snodgrass rounded out the perfect day for KTM with third place. Credit: John Pearson
Lyndon Snodgrass had earlier Prologued seventh, but leapt out of the gates as the race began determined to redress the disadvantage of a poor start position. The Victorian blazed through to second place on the opening lap.

He slipped to third during his first pit stop, but managed to stay there for the remainder of the race to record his best Hattah finish in eighth attendances.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm stoked on this! The KTM 500 EXC-F is just a weapon, and definitely the bike for this race," Snodgrass said, "This is my eighth Hattah, and definitely my best result. It was one of the roughest ones I‰Ûªve done ‰ÛÒ it was all deep ruts and square-edged holes.

"In the last few laps it was really hard ‰ÛÒ there were some deep holes out there! Hattah‰Ûªs one of the hardest races on the calendar and it‰Ûªs always flat out. It‰Ûªs a fun environment and it‰Ûªs a fun race. I had a poor prologue, so I knew what I had to do, and that was make passes early. I got up into second on the first lap, had a pit stop, and then was comfortably in third for the rest of the race. At one point I had a bit of a crash and Ivan Long came up on me, but then I put my head down and got the gap back up to a healthy one, and held that for the rest of the race.‰Û

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