The 2013 Australian Safari podium with Rod and Shane finishing 1-3
Rod Faggotter on the final run home along the beaches of WA

Rod Faggotter Wins 2013 Australian Safari

28 Sep 2013

After 3200 kilometres, seven days and dozens of stages, Yamaha Desert Racing’s Rod Faggotter has won the 2013 Australian Safari on board his Yamaha WR450F.

Faggotter crossed the finish line in Geraldton, Western Australia, late this afternoon and stopped the clock after 19 hours, 11 minutes and 26 seconds of racing over the past week with an impressive 26 minute lead over his nearest rival.

The big Queenslander took the lead in Australia’s toughest and most challenging motorcycle endurance event on day two and apart from one stage, he never let it go. With thanks to his great riding and the superb performance and reliability of the Yamaha WR450F, Faggotter increased his lead each day until the gap was big enough for him to back it down and cruise it in on the final two days. 

After several years of trying, Faggotter was over the moon about his win in what was a gruelling 2013 event.

“I have tried to win this thing a few times now and something always seemed to happen but this time luck was on my side, the bike was perfect and everything ran smoothly.

“It feels awesome to win this race as it is such a tough event to win. You can’t do it without a great team and the Yamaha Desert Racing crew, including Vernon Strange and Ben Dickson, again did an amazing job and I’m so thankful for their support and encouragement not only this week but in the time leading up to the event.

“I also want to thank the organisers on another great event and pay respect to Ivan Erceg. This years’ race will always be remembered because of what happened and I hope that every year this race is ran competitors think of Ivan and the great guy he was,” said an emotional Faggotter.

Faggotter was ably backed up by Yamaha Desert Racing team mate Shane Diener who came home in third place making it a 1-3 finish for YDR and the Yamaha WR450F. After a sluggish start to the race in the early days, Diener came on strong towards the finish, taking some stage wins and closing the gap on second placed, Matt Fish.

Diener’s race time was 19 hours, 48 minutes and 27 seconds, just 11 minutes behind in Fish and showed the Diener charged all the way to the finish and never gave up.

“It’s great to have both Rod and myself on the podium for the YDR team and it’s a good reward for the effort that everyone has put in to make this result possible. I didn’t think I rode so well in the opening stages, but felt better as the race went on and it was nice to win a few stages in the final couple of days and be able to get up on the podium in third.

“Congratulations to Rod, he rode sensationally well all week and deserved the win. All we need to do it some back next year and go one better and make it a 1-2 finish,” Diener said.

Again Yamaha’s WR450F proved it is the bike built for Australian conditions. With little more than routine maintenance throughout the event, the bikes of Faggotter and Diener never missed a beat. In fact the only issues both riders had on course were some navigational mishaps in an otherwise outstanding performance from both bike and riders.

Yamaha’s Ray Howard was on hand at the start of the week to see the YDR crew off and was one of the first to welcome the victorious team back to base this afternoon.

“Each year I come to this event, I’m amazed by how many things it requires to have success. The bike to perform well every day, the rider to stay on the gas and injury free, the mechanics and team to check every nut and bolt and the various conditions riders must face on course.

“With that in mind, this is a sensational win for Rod, a great ride by Shane and I congratulate the whole team on their efforts and results this week. It truly is a team effort and Yamaha Australia is extremely proud of this result and feel it’s well deserved on every level,” Howard enthuses.

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

Final Results – 2013 Australian Safari
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1st Rod Faggotter – 19.11.26 (Yamaha WR450F)
2nd Matt Fish – 19.37.21
3rd Shane Diener – 19.48.27 (Yamaha WR450F)
4th Lee Stephens – 20.16.28
5th Alister McCrae – 20.22.41 

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