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Rod Faggotter Claims Maiden Australian Safari Win

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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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
Shane Diener finished 3rd in the Moto Division and claimed the win in the Dakar Challenge - Credit: Ross Briggs
Race winner Faggotter was ably backed up by Yamaha Desert Racing team mate Shane Diener who came home in third place making it a 1-3 finish for YDR and the Yamaha WR450F.

After a sluggish start to the race in the early days, Diener came on strong towards the finish, taking some stage wins and closing the gap on second placed, Matt Fish.

Diener‰Ûªs race time was 19 hours, 48 minutes and 27 seconds, just 11 minutes behind in Fish and showed the Diener charged all the way to the finish and never gave up and in the process also claimed the win in the Dakar Cup.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs great to have both Rod and myself on the podium for the YDR team and it‰Ûªs a good reward for the effort that everyone has put in to make this result possible." Diener stated. "I didn‰Ûªt think I rode so well in the opening stages, but felt better as the race went on and it was nice to win a few stages in the final couple of days and be able to get up on the podium in third.

‰ÛÏCongratulations to Rod, he rode sensationally well all week and deserved the win. All we need to do it some back next year and go one better and make it a 1-2 finish,‰Û
Moto Podium - Credit: Ross Briggs
2013 Australasian Safari Final Moto Results:
1. Rodney Faggotter 2013 Yamaha WR450F 19:11:26
2. Matt Fish 2014 KTM 500 EXC 19:37:21
3. Shane Diener (DC) 2013 Yamaha WR450F 19:48:27
4. Lee Stephens (DC) 2014 KTM EXC 500 20:16:28
5. Alister McRae 2014 KTM 500 EXC 20:22:41
6. Russell Scoble 2013 Honda CRF450X 21:03:13
7. Ryan Ingram 2014 KTM EXC 500 21:48:08
8. Troy O'Connor 2014 KTM EXC 500 22:09:19
9. Tim Foreman 2013 KTM EXC 500 22:58:26
10. Stan Watt 2013 KTM EXC 500 23:23:50
Quad Podium - Credit: Ross Briggs
2013 Australasian Safari Final Quad Results:
1. Heath Young 2010 KTM 690 Rally 24:20:56
2. John Maragozidis 2010 MMR Interceptor 24:22:02
3. Glenn Brown 2010 Honda TRX700XX 26:04:04
4. Szabo Mihaly 2013 Linhai LH700 46:21:02
5. John Iuliano 2013 KTM LC4IRS 61:43:10

Top Image: Rod Faggotter won the 2013 Australasian Safari
Credit: Ross Briggs

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