Australasian Safari: Bike leg six summary

Spectacular Safari heating up West Australian outback The 2009 Australasian Safari is nearing its conclusion in outback Western Australia, with competitors only one day away from completing the gruelling week-long Enduro event. Jacob Smith ...

Spectacular Safari heating up West Australian outback

The 2009 Australasian Safari is nearing its conclusion in outback Western Australia, with competitors only one day away from completing the gruelling week-long Enduro event.

Jacob Smith currently leads the Moto category of the Safari, 27 minutes ahead of his brother Todd, while two-time defending champion Ben Grabham is a further six seconds adrift and shaping as a major threat to the Smiths.

In the Quad category, 52 year-old Josef Machacek leads Paul Smith by 56 minutes, while third place belongs to Tomas Kubiena despite being over 12 hours behind the lead duo.

Safari Director Justin Hunt is extremely thrilled with the response to the race thus far by riders, teams and also the public.

"The event has worked brilliantly so far," Hunt said.

"We've now finished almost six days of competition and spirits among the competitors and the crews remain really high.

"Starting out of Perth was a bonus because the bikes all got a really good send off at the official start in Northbridge and it helped to engage the general public."

Hunt also heaped praise on the course for this year's event, which allows riders to maximise the competitive kilometres covered each day, while also taking in some of Australia's most beautiful surroundings.

"Western Australia is a brilliant place to hold this sort of event because the terrain is great for riding and the scenery is superb.

"The course is the most compact that it has been, which means that riders have less travel time in-between the stages, which is what they really like.

"Being blessed with good weather really helps, but I think that everyone just loves the new course this year.

"The roads have been really testing and even Ben Grabham, our winner of the bikes in the last two years, has had his challenges...but people are finishing each day really pumped for the next one," Hunt concluded.

-credit: ma.org

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Series Cross-Country Rally
Drivers Josef Machacek , Ben Grabham , Paul Smith