Australasian Safari – Day 4

Day four of Safari has taken the competitors from Coolgardie to Norseman through some tough goldfields country. There were more casualties including last years Safari winner Jacob Smith, who dislocated a shoulder and has a suspected broken ankle.

I managed to get into a couple of spots again today, and also visited a fuel stop.

Official Media Release.

Another tough day takes its toll on 2009 Safari winner Jacob Smith

Competitors arriving back to the camp in Norseman in the south east of Western Australia today for a mid-leg service were glad to just make it back after two morning stages.
Last year’s winner Jacob Smith was the first bike out today from Coolgardie, but came into trouble in the second stage of the day, coming off his bike and requiring a helicopter transfer to Kalgoorlie Hospital with a suspected broken leg and injured shoulder.

The group of top riders following him, including his brother Todd, stopped to assist him and a provision for compassionate time will be discussed by officials at the end of today’s racing.

The difficulty of the course is a double-edged sword for competitors.   As hard as it is, most would not have it any other way.

Brazilian competitor Ze Helio said it was a hard morning with the track zig-zagging in the first two stages.

“I didn’t really know what to expect before coming here for the Safari, but it is harder than what I am used to in competitions in Brazil.

“It is really good training for Dakar as I plan to compete for the second time at the end of the year.”

The landscape is changing as the event heads towards the southern coast, with the vibrant colours of the red dirt and pink-barked salmon gums contrasting against the clear blue skies competitors have enjoyed all week.

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.

Matt Fish looking down the barrel into the unknown!!!


~ by Jamie Nicolaou on September 22, 2010.

2 Responses to “Australasian Safari – Day 4”

  1. Some epic shots there mate, grabbo31.jpg is an absolute corker!!

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