Husqvarna rider Jack Simpson’s first King of the Desert title is in sight after setting the fastest bike time during Methods Race Wheels Prologue today at the 2021 Tatts Finke Desert Race.
The Cranbourne local will lead the 584-strong field to Finke (Aputula) tomorrow after an impressive assault of the 8.3 kilometre Prologue track, recording a time of 4 minutes and 47 seconds.
Simpson has finished in the top five in the last two Tatts Finke Desert Races, including a podium in 2018, and was 3.9 seconds clear of second place hometown hero and 2019 King of the Desert David Walsh.
2019 and current Finke number 1 plate holder David Walsh will take off along side of Simpson after qualifying second fastest.
Kurri Kurri local Beau Ralston rounded out the top three times today, mirroring his 2019 podium third step podium finish.
Ralston edged out first-time Finke competitor Liam Walsh, who crossed the line fourth quickest ahead of Beau Waters in fifth. Liam comes from a strong Finke Desert Race pedigree, he is the cousin of 2019 King of the Desert and race veteran David Walsh.
Rising Star Callum Norton was adrift of the top five by a mere 0.9 of a second, leading home Condobolin’s Jacob Smith in seventh.
Nicholas Waters, Jack Dooley McDonnell and Kyle Pfitzner completed the top 10.
Geelong’s own Danielle Foot is on track to win the Kay Wharton Fastest Female Category, finishing prologue in 66th position.
Quad rider Luke Gaisford (#914) from Team 14 Industries took out the Outright Quad Prologue Winner, awarded a set of Methods Race Wheels for his effort.
The bikes will begin the 226-kilometer journey to Finke (Apatula) for the first leg of the 2021 Tatts Finke Desert Race tomorrow at 11.30pm.
The 2021 King of the Desert will be crowned following the Bikes returning to Alice Springs on Monday.