The Shot That Never Was!!!

What is wrong with this image???

Riemann and myself had set this shot up for his feature for ADB. It was supposed to capture both Riemann in his media clobber and transportation, as well as capturing the speed of the approaching rider on his rocket launcher. There was only one problem, there was no rider to be seen!!!

After our 4.5 hour wait yesterday after the 2nd stage was abandoned due to the accident involving Ivan Erceg, we didn’t think it would happen again……..let lone two days in a row. Unfortunately, safari contender Jacob Smith had a massive crash during the 2nd stage and due to his injuries was airlifted out to Kalgoorlie with a dislocated shoulder and suspected broken ankle. After the accident, Ben Grabham (who saw the crash), Rod Faggotter and Jacob’s brother Todd helped in slowing the riders, diverting the traffic and keeping Jacob comfortable. This lost the three riders an hour. When the final stage today was due to start, the riders starting order was as they came in on the 2nd stage, which meant Grabham, Faggotter and Todd Smith were due to start well down the order, forcing them to fight dust and slower riders to push back through the field. This obviously concerned all riders, especially the lead riders, so with event officials not wanting to change the order, the riders protested and made the decision to abandon the final stage, citing obvious safety concerns. Personally I believe this was absolutely the right thing to do. You can’t have the lead riders starting way back in the field and forcing them to push through the slower riders at race pace battling dust.



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~ by Jamie Nicolaou on September 22, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Shot That Never Was!!!”

  1. Good on them Jamie.
    Should have got Riemann to chuck a wheelie just for sport hey!

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