Australasian Safari – Day 3

I’ll open the post wishing Ivan Erceg the best of luck for a speedy recovery after a nasty accident today. He was airlifted out to Kalgoorlie hospital, then flown to Perth. It just brings into perspective what these guys put on the line, day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute, riding into the unknown,not knowing what lies beyond the next corner, usually at well over 120 kmh!!!

Todays leg took the riders from Leonora to Coolgardie. There were two scheduled competitive stages, but the 2nd stage was cancelled due to the helicopter not being available. Adam Riemann and myself were at out 2nd stage location for about four and a half hours. We headed back after hearing some bikes moving in a different direction to where they were supposed to be coming from.

Tomorrow sees three competitive stages, taking the riders from Coolgardie to Norseman. Hopefully the desert is a little kinder to the riders tomorrow!!

Official Media Release.

Ben Grabham takes moto lead.

In true endurance event style, Leg 3 of the Australasian Safari was a huge challenge for competitors.

West Australian competitor Ivan Erceg was transported by helicopter to Kalgoorlie Hospital after an injury on Stage. Due to the requirement for the helicopter to be on standby before the stage can start, a delay was required.

Officials made the decision to cancel the final stage of the day to ensure competitors were not riding and driving out of daylight hours.

It is understood Erceg is stable but has injuries to his chest.  More details about the situation are expected later in the day and a media release will be issued when possible.

At the end of Special Stage 6, a length of 245kms, Ben Grabham took the lead on his KTM530, finishing just over five minutes in front of Jacob Smith on a Honda CCC, and Rod Faggotter on a Yamaha WR450F.

Yesterday’s moto leader Todd Smith on KTM, nursing a sore shoulder from a fall yesterday, has moved to fourth position, only 20 seconds after Faggotter and with Matt Fish on KTM only 30 seconds behind him. The top five riders are approximately one hour in front of the remaining field.

Today’s stage saw the competitors travelling through the Western Australian goldfields from Leonora to Coolgardie, resting up in the old goldfields town overnight before taking on Leg 4 travelling south to Norseman for another day of tough outback action.

Considered one of the world’s great endurance events, the Australasian Safari is travelling from Southern Cross in the wheatbelt through to the historic Western Australian goldfields, desert, rugged bush and coastal sand dunes, finishing at Esperance.

I managed to capture Ivan standing up on the pegs, about as rare as rocking horse shit!!

The only image I got from the 2nd stage!!

Riemann setting up the shot!!

All good!

Todd Smith flattened out a rear rim…..

and Matt Fish patched up a hole in his case!!


~ by Jamie Nicolaou on September 21, 2010.

4 Responses to “Australasian Safari – Day 3”

  1. Yes all the best toIvan for a speedy recovery.

    Now mate, how are you getting this bloody brilliant stuff up so fast?? Jamie you da man!

    We are reading your blog at the bike shop each day.

    • Long days mate, long days!!! It’s all good though, it’s only 10.50 pm at the moment!!! Only getting up at 5! lol. Should be a good day tomorrow hopefully, just our number one rider is not with us now. Hope you enjoying the blog posts!

  2. Love this update mate, your unique angles are excellent and I like the way you are always trying something new!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Ivan.

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