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Simford 1800 Husqvarna Team Shine at 2018 Finke Desert Race

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Simford 1800 Husqvarna Team Shine at 2018 Finke Desert Race
After missing the 2017 event Brandon Kienhuis rebounded strongly taking his Husqvarna FE501 took out 1st in class and 12th outright.
The Simford 1800 Husqvarna Race team are hailing the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race as a great success with three first in class wins.

Brandon Kienhuis on board his FE501 took out 1st in class and 12th outright while Kyle Simpson was the first 2-Stroke across the line as well as 1st in class and 21st outright on board the fuel injected TE250. Ant Hanlan had another successful year on board his FE501 taking the win in class 6 (masters 35 -39 years)

For Brandon Kienhuis the 2018 Finke was somewhat a redemption after he suffered some serious injuries during training in the lead up to the 2017 event.
Simford 1800 Husqvarna Team Shine at 2018 Finke Desert Race
Kyle Simpson was the first 2-Stroke across the line as well as 1st in class and 21st outright on board the fuel injected TE250.
Anthony Venn finished 4th in class and 18th outright. Ant Hanlan improved on his 2017 finish, where he claimed second, to move up one step and finish 1st in class and 37th outright.

Youngest team member Riley Sheehan finished 6th in class and 100th outright with the 17-year-old showing plenty of speed and maturity in his first attempt at the gruelling event.
Simford 1800 Husqvarna Team Shine at 2018 Finke Desert Race
Anthony Venn finished 4th in class and 18th outright.
"Overall the 2018 Finke has been a great success for us," Team Manager Paul Roche said. "Brandon Kienhuis suffered a tough break last year when he was injured while training for the event, his result is very satisfying and a nod to his commitment hard work and dedication.

"Kyle Simpson bringing the TE250 home as first 2-Stroke was also satisfying as there had bee some big question marks as to the reliability of the injected Husky," Roche added.

"Massive thanks to the team and all the crew and Team Moto Maben for all the help and the fuel stops. Our sponsors in the lead up to this have also been outstanding, and it wouldn't have happened without you. Special mention to Glenn Cantwell at MotoGC, Darren Lee from TracRite, Sean from Mcleod Accessories and Husqvarna Motorcycles Australia," Roche concluded.

For the team training now begins for the Hattah assault in Victoria.
Simford 1800 Husqvarna Team Shine at 2018 Finke Desert Race
An exhausted but happy Simford 1800 Husqvarna Race team at the end of the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race

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