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The Centralian advocate Tue 9 Jun 2009



The Centralian advocate Tue 9 Jun 2009


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT




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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 63 no. 5

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28 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, June 9, 2009 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 9 -J U N -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 2 8 C O L O R : C M Y K 8 4 4 9 0 5 /0 9 Brierty Grid girls Amy Anderson, Jade Eaton, Allison Prentice and Charlee-Ann Ah Chee congratulated bikes outright winner Ben Grabham after the race. Pictures: JUSTIN BRIERTY King of the Desert FINKE DESERT RACE Dan Moss Ben Grabham crosses the finish line. BEN Grabham crossed the line first of the bikes to be crowned King of the Desert for the third time in a row in the Finke Desert Race yesterday. The KTM team placed first and second, with Brad Williscroft 39 seconds behind, followed by Chad Billett on a Honda. No local riders placed in the top three. The best-placed local rider was Michael Walsh, who finished fifth. Billett started over a minute behind Williscroft but put in a massive show to make up 45 seconds. But it was the breakdown of Caleb Aurichts Honda on the return leg after he finished second on day one which shuffled the riders into winning formation. T h r e e - i n - a - r o w w i n n e r Grabham said he was happy to have moved to KTM after his closest competitors suffered engine failures. He said: Obviously the move paid off. We went one-two and all the hard work we did shows. Yesterday I had a clear run, and didnt really hear anyone. I managed to get a good lead. He said the pressure to keep his number one roll going was getting more intense every year, but his aversion to risk was what took him to the win. All three podium finishers said the going was as tough as ever on the churned-up track. Williscroft said he planned to get a one-two finish for his team. He said he caught second-place starter Auricht on the return journey and engine trouble forced Auricht out but then had to ride 40km on a flat tyre from the 120km mark. l More page 26 Kittle team wins: P26