If he hadn‰Ûªt already done so, HSE Motorex KTM‰Ûªs King of the Desert Ben Grabham has announced his presence on the international cross country rallies arena in no uncertain terms with a victory in the final stage of the OiLibya Rally in Morocco.
Thirty-one year-old Grabham, from Bathurst, won the last day of the sixth and final round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship by over a minute from Helder Rodrigues (Honda) and KTM Red Bull Rally Factory rider Kurt Caselli.
The breakthrough win hoisted Grabham up two places to sixth overall for the event, which went to Paulo Goncalves (Honda) by less than four minutes from 2012 champion Marc Coma (KTM Red Bull Rally Factory) and Joan Barreda (Honda).
Goncalves‰Ûª Rally win meant the Portuguese rider was crowned 2013 world champion ahead of Spaniard Coma, who last year gave KTM its seventh FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in ten years.
Grabham had visited Coma in Spain directly before the Morocco Rally and trained with the three-time Dakar champion on navigation ‰ÛÒ an investment which the Aussie hopes will help him toward his goal in the world‰Ûªs biggest off-road race, the Dakar Rally.