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Broc Grabham toughs out a top ten at Hattah


Posted: Thursday, 13th July, 2017 : 4:30 PM - - 1,622 Reads




Husqvarna Off-Road team rider Broc Grabham has made a switch to the Husqvarna FE 501 a successful one, pushing to his best ever result in the Hattah Desert Race last Sunday.

The Bathurst rider, who rides an FE 450 in AORC competition, got away smoothly from his tenth-place starting position and used the extra torque of the FE 501 to progress to eighth by the half way point.

As the track chopped dramatically, however, Grabham’s left hand began to blister badly, and he had to grit his teeth to get through the final two hours to the finish.

With his hand looking more and more tattered and the track offering increasingly fewer opportunities for respite, the Bathurst rider was forced to dig deep in the final quarter of the event when his senior team mate Lachy Stanford appeared on the radar after a difficult race.

Grabham held out for eighth overall and fourth in class.

“It wasn’t too bad here, I prologued tenth, so I was in a decent position early – I think I was sixth," Grabham explained.

"We had to fuel the first two laps because we weren’t too sure of our range, and lucky I did because I used quite a lot on the first lap. From there I kept charging away – I think I was ninth – battling with a couple of boys. Then about half way my left hand started falling to pieces with blisters. The skin was all rolled up from the middle of my palm up to my fingers. It made it really hard to hang on in the second half of the race. A lot of the time I was coming into corners one-handed doing 120 and just letting go and hoping for the best!

"With two to go I saw Lachy was trying to catch me and I thought ‘Oh well, I’ve got to try and pin it’ and stay where I am. Everything worked perfectly for me, my body felt great, the bike handled perfect and the crew did everything we needed to. Just my hand let me down a bit. So I’ll have to come back next year and do it again!”


Lachlan Stanford.
 
Lachlan Stanford had gone to Hattah intent on improving upon last year’s sixth place finish, but suffered a front-end lose in the opening corners and lost a mountain of track position.

He’d redressed most of it by the end of the first lap, however, the leading group had all disappeared into the distance and the best the Byron Bay ace could do was 10th overall and sixth in class.

“I’m pretty disappointed to get tenth here," Stanford lamented. "I tucked my front in the first few corners and went down. It was hard to get back up through the freight train of bikes and into the mix and by the time I did the front pack just left me behind. I put a charge in, but didn’t have a good enough feel to make a dent. With fuel stops and everything the team went really well – the boys were pretty quick.

"My 501 was awesome fun on the straights, it was sick! It’s always good to get out here and open them up in the desert, just to see what they’ve got. Such good fun!”

The race victory went to Daniel Milner, ahead of Daniel Sanders and Lyndon Snodgrass.

Main Photo: Broc Grabham
Credit: John Pearson

HATTAH DESERT RACE
1 Daniel MILNER (KTM) 4:12:08.368
2 Daniel SANDERS (KTM) 4:17:07.255
3 Lyndon SNODGRASS (KTM) 4:21:39.840
4 Callum NORTON (KTM) 4:24:03.773
5 Ivan LONG (Husqvarna) 4:24:17.458
6 Lachlan TERRY (KTM) 4:29:18.605
7 Nathan TRIGG (KTM) 4:32:36.748
8 Broc GRABHAM (Husqvarna) 4:35:07.097
9 Josh MURTAGH (KTM) 4:35:21.615
10 Lachlan STANFORD (Husqvarna) 4:35:42.437

Over 450cc 4 stroke category:
1 Daniel MILNER 4:12:08.368
2 Daniel SANDERS 4:17:07.255
3 Lyndon SNODGRASS 4:21:39.840
4 Broc GRABHAM 4:35:07.097
5 Josh MURTAGH 4:35:21.615
6 Lachlan STANFORD 4:35:42.437


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