Australian Safari-Western Australia-September 2010
It was an all orange affair at the 2010 Western Australian Safari, with KTM taking the top three spots. GHR Honda gave up the Safari crown, not due to bike issues, but rider injury. The top three Honda riders all fell victim to the Safari and landed in Hospital. Honda did not have much luck in this years event, and KTM took advantage of every piece of luck that fell their way.
Ben Grabham put in another sterling performance to take the outright win by 17min. Todd Smith crashed early with Honda's AJ Roberts and was lucky to continue in the race while AJ headed to hospital. Todd had to overcome mechanical issues caused by a coolant leak with his KTM to maintain the number 2 plate. Matt Fish made it onto the third step of the podium after battling with an oil leak and also running out of fuel. Matt was able to "live of the land" and find fuel in the middle of a stage. Something many people still can't believe!
Congratulations on KTM's 1,2,3
In the Quad division, Honda's Paul Smith came home strong to take the number 1 plate. John Maragozidis finished over six hours behind Smith, in second place. Colin Lawson rounded out the top three finishing 45min behind Maragozidis.
Safari Rookie, and V8 supercar driver, Craig Lowndes showed he has the pace off road as well as on road by winning his first ever off road race. Lowndes was accompanied by Kees Weel as navigator in the Holden Colorado. Darren Green drove his 1999 Nissan Patrol to a comfortable second place, with help from navigator Wayne Smith. Bruce Garland and Harry Suzuki finished off the top three, in their Isuzu D-Max. It was a great shake down for Bruce and Harry as they prepare for the 2011 Dakar Rally in Argentina.