Desert Racing

David Walsh Clinches Fifth-Straight Tatts Finke Desert Race Win

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Photo of desert racer David Walsh at the 2024 Tatts Finke Desert Race
Walsh’s blistering time of 1h 47m36.812s saw him chase down the riders ahead of him for his fifth victory.

Alice Springs desert racing legend David Walsh has continued to etch his name in the Tatts Finke Desert Race history books by claiming his fifth-consecutive ‘King of the Desert’ crown in the 2024 edition, equalling the event’s longest-ever win streak.

Despite starting behind his main rivals after a third-placed Prologue on Saturday, the HMG Motorsport racer powered through the gruelling 226km stage from Alice Springs to Finke (Aputula) yesterday.

Walsh’s blistering time of 1h 47m36.812s saw him chase down the riders ahead of him, then build a comfortable 2m 47s buffer over Victorian contender, Callum Norton.

Photo of desert racer David Walsh at the 2024 Tatts Finke Desert Race
Walsh’s victory saw him equal Randall Gregory’s five-year domination achieved between 1991 to 1995

Equipped with the 2024 KTM 500 EXC-F, the 34-year-old Walsh played a smart return leg back to Alice Springs, as his nearest competitors desperately tried to close the gap and halt his dominance.

When both stages were tallied, Walsh finished with a time of 3h 38m12s, just 47 seconds ahead of second-placed Norton with Australian Off-Road Championship front-runner Korey McMahon rounding out the top three.

“Being a local and growing up watching Finke, I never thought I’d be lucky enough to win it once and now I’ve won it five times in a row,” Walsh said. “I feel very honoured to match Randall Gregory’s record – he was an idol of mine growing up. I honestly thought the boys had my number this year, and I was a bit concerned when my cousin [Liam] set a blistering Prologue time. Yesterday, I put my head down and went hard for the first 70km and caught the boys, then was able to relax and cruise it into Finke. Today I knew they were going to be charging to get me, but I just had to get through all the big stuff and make sure I stayed safe. There’s a lot of nasty stuff out there, but that’s Finke, and that’s what makes it the best race in the country.”

Photo of desert racer Callum Norton at the 2024 Tatts Finke Desert Race
Regular front runner Callum Norton had to play bridesmaid once again to David Walsh with second place.

Walsh’s victory saw him equal Randall Gregory’s five-year domination achieved between 1991 to 1995, and has managed to continue his remarkable record of finishing on the podium at every Finke he’s completed since 2012.

Meanwhile, HMG Motorsport KTM teammate Liam Walsh’s weekend got off to a flying start when he logged the fastest Prologue time. That meant he started the opening leg of the desert race at the front of the pack.

Unfortunately, after getting chased down by his cousin, David Walsh, and Norton, the 23-year-old endured a big crash just before the first refuel station and his promising weekend ended with a fractured wrist.

Photo of desert racer Liam Walsh at the 2024 Tatts Finke Desert Race
Prologue winner Liam Walsh was in the hunt for the win until a crash and a resulting broken wrist halted his charge.

2024 Finke Desert Race Bike results:
1 David Walsh (HMG Motorsport KTM) 3h38m12.583s
2 Callum Norton (STE Racing KTM) 3h38m59.445s
3 Korey McMahon (GASGAS) 3h40m04.161s
4 Corey Hammond (KTM) 3h44m46.484s
5 Luke Hayes (KTM) 3h47m23.716

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