Rod Faggotter blasts through the sands of WA on his Yamaha WR450F
Shane Diener lurks in fourth place after day two

Faggotter In Fine Form at Australian Safari

22 Sep 2013

Yamaha Desert Racing continues to lead the way in the 2013 Australian Safari after the second day of competition was completed late this afternoon.

Rod Faggotter has maintained his lead in the motorcycle division with another consistent day’s racing while team mate Shane Diener is lurking dangerously in fourth place after the field covered 450 kilometres before winding up at their overnight base at Gascoyne Junction, Western Australia.

Three stages were part of the 450 kilometre trek in the WA wilderness with Faggotter being the second fastest in the morning section, winning the middle stage and then again coming home second in the final stage of the day, to keep his lead in the Safari and hold a 42 second advantage over his nearest rivals when the field roars off on day three.

“Again, just like yesterday, it was about being smart and consistent out there and not taking major risks as there is such a long way to go. The bike is working well and so far it has been pretty smooth sailing.

“The early stages of a race of this length are all about just trying to get yourself in contention and then maintain it as things get closer to the finish. Both myself and Shane have been able to do that so far, so it’s been a promising start,” Faggotter explains.

Diener is also in the thick of the action as he sits in fourth place after day two was complete. Dieners stage results were equally as consistent as Faggotters with fourth, third and fourth across the three stages and he is well placed as the field closes in on the half way mark.

“No real dramas for me today, which is just how we like it,” Diener said. “I have just been trying to stick to the plan we had before the event and so far we have been able to do that.

“The team is working well and the WR450F has been awesome so a few more days like the first two should put both Rod and myself in pretty good shape.”

Unfortunately the news wasn’t so good for Vernon Strange who experienced some technical difficulties during the last stage of the day and the team were looking into his options for the remainder of the event.

Day three is another long day in the saddle with 430 kilometres to travel in only two stages so fuel and looking after the equipment becomes ultra-important.

For more information on the Australian Safari; www.australiansafari.com.au or to follow the Yamaha Desert Racing team on Facebook, www.facebook.com/YamahaDesertRacing

Running Order – After Day 2
1st Rod Faggotter – 7.08.58 (Yamaha WR450F)

2nd Todd Smith – 7.09.40
3rd Matt Fish – 7.21.20
4th Shane Diener – 7.26.27 (Yamaha WR450F)
5th Lee Stephens – 7.41.02

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