After 3200 kilometres, seven days and dozens of stages, Yamaha Desert Racing‰Ûªs Rod Faggotter has won the 2013 Australian Safari on board his Yamaha WR450F.
Faggotter crossed the finish line in Geraldton, Western Australia, late this afternoon and stopped the clock after 19 hours, 11 minutes and 26 seconds of racing over the past week with an impressive 26 minute lead over his nearest rival.
The big Queenslander took the lead in Australia‰Ûªs toughest and most challenging motorcycle endurance event on day two and apart from one stage, he never let it go. With thanks to his great riding and the superb performance and reliability of the Yamaha WR450F, Faggotter increased his lead each day until the gap was big enough for him to back it down and cruise it in on the final two days.
After several years of trying, Faggotter was over the moon about his win in what was a gruelling 2013 event.
‰ÛÏI have tried to win this thing a few times now and something always seemed to happen but this time luck was on my side, the bike was perfect and everything ran smoothly." Faggotter stated.
‰ÛÏIt feels awesome to win this race as it is such a tough event to win. You can‰Ûªt do it without a great team and the Yamaha Desert Racing crew, including Vernon Strange and Ben Dickson, again did an amazing job and I‰Ûªm so thankful for their support and encouragement not only this week but in the time leading up to the event.
‰ÛÏI also want to thank the organisers on another great event and pay respect to Ivan Erceg. This years‰Ûª race will always be remembered because of what happened and I hope that every year this race is ran competitors think of Ivan and the great guy he was,‰Û