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Jacob Smith Wins Gruelling 2015 Yellow Mountain Cross Country

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Smith Brothers, Cairns Coconut Resort Honda Racing team have gone 1-2 at the 2015 edition of the Yellow Mountain Cross Country held over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of August.

The monster event runs over a distance of 220 kms each day, racing between the townships of Condobolin and Tottenham in western New South Wales.

The hometown event saw the return of Smith Brothers Racing's Jake Haddrill after a recent neck injury which he suffered while competing in the 40th running of the Finke Desert Race.

After what some would rate as an unlucky 2015 season so far, Jacob Smith and Jake Haddrill turned it all around by placing 1st and 2nd at Yellow Mountain.

"The entire team and I had a really good weekend at Yellow Mountain, it was satisfying to reward the team and Honda with a good result, capping off our contracted races for 2015." Smith remarked. "Our focus this weekend was to do everything right from our lead up preparation, bike setup and our overall organising which we achieve and it showed in our overall result.

"It's now onto planning for 2016, from a teams perspective we're excited to hopefully lock away a number of new races for 2016 and develop a new Smith Brothers race bike for a new season."

Jake Haddrill was happy to have a solid result after returning to Honda

"I'm happy to have had a solid finish at Yellow Mountain along side team mate Jacob Smith." Haddrill commented. "I'm ecstatic to be back on the Honda Motorcycle, I felt like I was a little kid in a candy shop all weekend.

"I can't thank everyone enough who has helped me get back on the motorcycle including the team and personal sponsors."
Sherco's Broc Grabham rounded out the podium at Yellow Mountain - Credit: Max Sullivan
Rounding out the podium at this years race was Motul Pirellis Sherco Enduro team rider Broc Grabham.

It was always going to be a tough ask after such a sidelining injury, but the defending Yellow Mountain Champion took on the two-day event in central western NSW aiming for the podium.

Despite not riding at all in the past five weeks to allow his shoulder crucial healing time, Grabham posted the fastest prologue aboard the all-new Sherco 450SEF-R. This put Grabham‰Ûªs number-one machine at the front of the field for the opening day off racing from Condobolin to Tottenham on Saturday, a fast 220km.

‰ÛÏIt was good to win prologue and start the race at the front,‰Û

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