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Motorex KTM Off-Road Team Geared Up For New WA Desert Series

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The HSE Motorex KTM Off-Road Team of Ben Grabham and Matt Fish will be there when the brand new WA Desert Tri-Series kicks off this weekend at Doorawarra, near Carnarvon in Western Australia‰Ûªs upper Gascoyne Region.

The exciting three-round series will take place over the next two months and sees two established events in the Pilbara Region and a new event to open the series at Doorawarra Station.

The format for each round will see three days of desert racing action with a 10-kilometre Prologue on the Friday followed by a 500km event stretched over two days.

Looking to continue an amazing comeback year which began with a rookie finish in the world‰Ûªs biggest off-road event, the Dakar Rally, off-road racing hero and former Gascoyne Dash winner Ben Grabham looks forward to returning to the Gascoyne Region.

"I‰Ûªve raced in this area before when I won the Gascoyne Dash in 2011 and I‰Ûªm looking forward to getting back out there." Grabham stated. "I‰Ûªm expecting a high speed race but it‰Ûªs a little unknown, definitely high speeds compared to what I‰Ûªm used to back home in NSW.

I‰Ûªm riding the 500EXC which is great. I won the Forest Rally and a few other bits and pieces on one last year before my accident and I‰Ûªll be riding this one for Hattah and the A4DE.

Out of the crate the EXC is just a bike that is very capable in all terrain and for any application ‰ÛÒ mine‰Ûªs got a steering damper and an Akrapovic muffler and that‰Ûªs about it, I‰Ûªm ready to race," Grabham continued. "That‰Ûªs why I enjoy riding it so much. That and the fact it‰Ûªs got a lot of power!

"Fish man, cleaned me up at Finke but hopefully it‰Ûªll be me and him battling out front this weekend. It‰Ûªs always the same story in the desert though, ‰Û÷til race day you don‰Ûªt know who‰Ûªs doing what."
Mat Fish is also looking forward to the new Desert racing series in W.A - Credit: Fourohfour
His team mate and fellow Dakar competitor Matt Fish is also excited to be there for the start of the bold new desert racing series, which he predicts will only gain momentum.

"I spent yesterday testing and getting the bikes ready and I‰Ûªm super excited for the weekend." Fish explained. "It‰Ûªs a fairly exciting series that‰Ûªs definitely going to grow in terms of the number events and the recognition it will get.

"The promoters are really pushing hard and there‰Ûªs TV, it‰Ûªs definitely the series to do in Oz.

"I‰Ûªve made some progress with the bike and I‰Ûªm confident that Ben and I will go well. Finke probably motivated me with training but come race day it will be a new race on a great bike, just need to get the results now.

"The 450SXF is great for the terrain which should have huge variety compared to Finke with lots of vast and wide open ground but also some tight stuff and creeks so our setup will be slightly different to deal with that.

"I‰Ûªll be travelling up with Ben and even though we‰Ûªre in different classes we both want to win. Still, if we put KTM 1,2 it won‰Ûªt matter who‰Ûªs on top, that will be perfect in everyone‰Ûªs eyes." Fish concluded.

The second and third rounds of the series will take place at Indee Station, Port Hedland on July 12-14 and Kumarina Station, Newman WA on August 9-11.

WA Desert Racing Tri-Series:
Rd.1 Doorawarrah 500 ‰ÛÒ June 21-23 Doorawarrah Station, Carnarvon WA
Rd.2 Indee 500 ‰ÛÒ July 12-14 Indee Station, Port Hedland WA
Rd.3 Kumarina 2-Day ‰ÛÒ August 9-11, Kumarina Station, Newman WA

Top Image: Still in desert racing mode after Finke, Ben Grabham looks forward to the start of the brand new WA Desert Tri-Series which begins with a prologue tomorrow.
Credit: fourohfour

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