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.
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|