Close to 700 riders are ready to converge on Mildura, in Victoria this weekend to compete at the 2018 Hattah Desert Race, the 21st running of the ever-growing event this weekend, 7-8 July.
Fresh from dominating last month's Finke Desert Race, KTM is carrying high hopes into Hattah with Australian Off-Road Championship contenders Daniel Milner and Lyndon Snodgrass, both armed with powerful and race-proven KTM 500 EXC-F machinery.
Last year at Hattah saw Milner claim a convincing win in his first appearance with KTM, charging to victory in the four-hour affair and successfully managing his Type 1 diabetes in a special result for the 26-year-old Victorian. Joining him on the all-KTM podium one year ago in third position was Snodgrass, aiming to improve further upon the result this time out.
"Last year, since I hadn't done Hattah for so long, it was a hard race, and it's good to know what I'm up against this time around," Milner commented. "It's helped me out a lot more, getting the right bike set-up and everything is falling into place really nicely for us at the moment.
"I know what I have to do to get out there and get on the top step of the podium. It is such an important race to win, and it is a really big achievement for me, especially with Type 1 diabetes - it tests me as a rider on the track and also with my diabetes. If I can win again that would be unreal, so we will give it 110 percent and see what happens on Sunday!"