Todd Smith from Condobolin in New South Wales has been ‘crowned’ King of the Desert after taking victory today in the 38th running of the annual off-road classic event, the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

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Todd Smith

Following him across the line in second position was his brother Jacob, making for a sibling situation that has not occurred before in the history of the event.

Todd Smith also brought Honda its 20th victory in the event’s history, breaking a four year string of wins by KTM.

Riding the #3 Honda CRF450R Todd Smith returned to the Alice Springs start from the overnight stop in Finke in a time of 2 hours 1 minute and 44 seconds. His total time for the event was 4 hours 2 minutes and 8 seconds

Jacob Smith (#11 Honda CRF450R) made the return trip today in a time of 2 hours 2 minutes and 58 seconds.

In third place, in his debut Tatts Finke appearance, was Joshua Green from Soldiers Point in NSW on the #X49 Yamaha YZF450.

Green’s time today was 2 hours 3 minutes and 38 seconds. His total event time was 4 hours 7 minutes and 42 seconds.

Fourth outright was Jarrod Bewley (Oberon NSW) on bike #5 Husaberg FE501 who took the chequered flag with a total event time of 4 hours 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

In fifth position overall, Ivan Long (Tanunda SA) #298 KTM 500EXC rode brilliantly today to be third fastest on the road.

Four time Tatts Finke Desert Race winner Ben Grabham (#X99 KTM 450 SX-F) finished 11th overall in a total event time of 4 hours 25 minutes and 17 seconds.

Top 20 Overall:

 Pos  # Competitor Town Bike Day 1 Day 2 Overall
1 3 Smith, Todd Condobolin, NSW CRF450R 02:00:23 02:01:44 04:02:08
2 11 Smith, Jake Condobolin, NSW CRF450R 02:03:05 02:02:58 04:06:03
3 X49 Green, Joshua Soldiers Point, NSW YZF450 02:04:04 02:03:38 04:07:42
4 5 Bewley, Jarrod Oberon, NSW FE 501 02:05:49 02:03:41 04:09:30
5 298 Long, Ivan Tanunda, SA 500 EXC 02:07:23 02:03:21 04:10:44
6 7 Dooley-Mcdonnell, Jack Alice Springs, NT CRF450R 02:07:44 02:05:29 04:13:14
7 X96 Auricht, Caleb Pacific Paradise, QLD CRF450R 02:07:56 02:08:11 04:16:08
8 4 Fish, Mathew Kyneton, VIC 450SXF 02:09:41 02:08:06 04:17:48
9 17 Summers, Lachlan Alice Springs, NT KXF450 02:10:46 02:10:57 04:21:43
10 552 Marr, Lachlan Alice Springs, NT CRF450R 02:12:16 02:10:01 04:22:18
11 X99 Grabham, Ben Bathurst, NSW 450 SX-F 02:12:46 02:12:31 04:25:17
12 15 Hayes, Luke Alice Springs, NT 450 SX-F 02:16:42 02:12:03 04:28:46
13 X88 Walsh, Michael Alice Springs, NT CRF450R 02:17:39 02:12:08 04:29:47
14 698 Faggotter, Rod Longreach, QLD YZ450F 02:15:58 02:16:55 04:32:54
15 X18 Boyle, Peter Stony Creek, VIC CRF450R 02:20:16 02:15:09 04:35:26
16 X41 Armstead, Kenny Alice Springs, NT 450 SX-F 02:20:50 02:15:15 04:36:05
17 X86 Stephens, Lee Fern Bay, NSW RMZ450 02:19:51 02:18:06 04:37:57
18 575 Turner, William Alice Springs , NT CRF450R 02:20:36 02:17:44 04:38:21
19 19 Van Maanenberg, Luke Sippy Downs, QLD CRF450R 02:18:25 02:20:16 04:38:42
20 X29 Nelson, Micheal Alice Springs, NT KXF450 02:21:56 02:17:57 04:39:53