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Diener clean sweeps Australasian Safari day 4

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Today was the longest distance traveled for Australasian Safari competitors as they raced in three stages totaling 662 competitive kilometers in a looped course around Laverton in Western Australia's northern goldfields on the edge of the Great Northern Desert.

Today's was South Australian Shane Diener's day, winning all three stages on his Yamaha WR450. Jacob Smith and Todd Smith swapped second place in the stages, with Jacob second fastest in two of the three. Todd Smith is still in the overall moto lead by approximately 10 minutes.

"Today was pretty fast and the navigation wasn't too tricky. We caught a bit of rain, there were pools of water on the track but this didn't cause any problems. The bike is going well which helps!" Diener said.

"To win this event, I'm going to have to ride well and have a clean run over the remaining days of competition," Diener continued. "Today was just what myself and the team was looking for and I was able to take three minutes back off the leader. But I have to continue to do that for the remainder of the event to be any chance of an overall win."

The Smith brothers from country New South Wales both enjoyed the sandy tracks and fast pace and are enjoying both being on the same team this year.

"Today was fun, I enjoyed it," Todd said. "I like going fast. The only downside is it's hard to increase lead-time when the navigation is easier.

"I'm happy to have a bit of a gap now that we're over half way so I can ease off a bit."

Jacob also had a good day. "It was a bit tricky at the start, but after that the navigation was straight forward.

"It's heaps better this year being in the same team as my brother Todd as we can help each other out.

"Todd is in the hot seat and the race is really his to lose now," he said.

Rod Faggotter continues to battle bravely as he not only fights to competition and the terrain but also a hand injury sustained during day two.

Faggotter logged another solid day and consolidated his fourth position but is frustrated that the injury prevents him from racing 100%. He logged seventh, fifth and fourth positions in each of the three stages today and now sits 19 minutes behind Diener but 35minutes ahead of rallye legend Cyril Despres.

"I'm just trying to do the best I can and look after my hand as much as possible. In the real high speed stuff or on rough terrain I can't grip the bike as strong as I need to so I have to back it down a bit and use my end. We still have a look way to go, so I need to look after my hand and get through each day as it comes," Faggotter said.

Dakar champion and first-time Safari entrant Cyril Despres is holding onto fifth position overall and is still getting on top of a different style of racing.

"This is not the race I was expecting and I am taking it like a training day ‰ÛÒ not pushing to ride as fast as possible. I enjoyed the sandy tracks and was able to test the bike a bit," Despres said.

John Maragozidis owned the Quad leg today on his MMR Interceptor winning all three stages after race leader Colin Lawson struck mechanical issues on the second stage today and was not able to complete the Leg, a devastating blow after gaining a strong lead on the first three Legs of Safari.

"Today was God's gift to quads! We had fantastic conditions and awesome tracks. I made a small navigational error that only cost a couple of minutes. I need to keep having days like today," he said.

Tomorrow the Australasian Safari travels south to Leonora, the second last stop on the seven-day endurance race.

Overall Standings- Day Four
1st Todd Smith ‰ÛÒ 17.05:57 (Honda)
2nd Jacob Smith ‰ÛÒ 17.15:50 (Honda)
3rd Shane Diener ‰ÛÒ 17.16:19 (Yamaha)
4th Rod Faggotter ‰ÛÒ 17.35:19 (Yamaha)
5th Cyril Despres ‰ÛÒ 18.06:14 (KTM)
6th Damien Grabham ‰ÛÒ 18.17: 39 (Husberg)
7th Ben Williams ‰ÛÒ 19.00:34 (Honda)
8th David Schwarz ‰ÛÒ 19.23:43 (Husberg)
9th David Geeves ‰ÛÒ 19.58:50 (Honda)
10th Russell Scooble ‰ÛÒ 20.00:55 (Honda)

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