8 July 2013


Motorex KTM Off Road Racing Team rider Ben Burrell climbed to the top of the podium when he took his career second quarter-litre class win at the KTM Hattah Desert Race near Mildura.

Burrell successfully defended the Hattah -250cc 4-stroke crown he won in 2012, despite starting 41st as a result of a crash in the Prologue. 

Recognised as one of the toughest off-road races on the calendar, the KTM Hattah Desert Race is eight laps of a sandy, 38-kilometre course which features monster sand whoops, technical slower sections and ultra high speed straights.

Burrell won the class in a time of 4:22:41 to lead home Todd Barry and Sean Troup, and finish 17th outright.

Motorex KTM HSE racing star Ben Grabham was the best outright finisher in the four-pronged Motorex KTM assault, finishing 5th overall and claiming second in the +450 4-stroke class, while Chris Hollis and Matt Fish were 7th and 9th overall, respectively.

The KTM Hattah Desert Race was won by Josh Green, ahead of Jarrod Bewley and Peter Boyle.

In the junior categories, Motorex KTM Junior racers Wayde Carter and Callum Norton once again dominated their respective classes. The both pair qualified top of their heap, Carter logging a time which would have been fast enough to position him fifth in the senior prologue before going on to lap as high as the ninth placed finisher. His sixth Hattah win also makes him the only rider in history with six Hattah wins, while Norton successfully defended his win from 2012. In the Ladies ranks Kristy Gillespie made it a team orange-wash while Motorex KTM Junior/Womens Team Manager Glenn Macdonald got a podium of his own, finishing third in the Vets 35-44 years division.

Motorex KTM ORT Manager Brad Williscroft: “Some good rain last night gave us conditions which were pretty close to perfect today with only a little bit of dust toward the end. It was a great result for Ben Burrell today winning the 250 class. He did what he needed to do despite having to start a long way back. Grabbo and Chris showed some really good speed at times today I think we had the speed to be on the podium, but it didn’t work out like that."

Ben Burrell (1st in class, 17th OR) - “Everything went to plan for us today. Prologue yesterday didn’t go to plan – I crashed and had to start 40th, but I got a good pace going and picked off the guys. I wasn’t really sure I was going to make it all the way to the front but the pitboards got more and more positive and then on my last fuel stop the boys said ‘you’ve got a solid lead, just bring it home.’ It’s a great feeling.”

Ben Grabham (2nd in class, 5th OR) - “I was fifth outright and second in the big bores today. After the injury it’s good to see where I stand. I had the speed to get to the front and the 500EXC is suiting me down to the ground, however the track today got gnarly and super rough and when that happens, physically I’m just not strong enough yet when the bike needs to be manhandled. I’m not unhappy - fifth in this company is not a bad result and I’ve learned little bits and pieces to help me move forward.”

Chris Hollis (5th in class, 7th OR) - “For me it was a bit of an up and down race. I qualified well in third but I had a little crash in the first five kays of the race and struggled for the first two laps, then I had a good four laps until the tape on my hand rolled up at the edge and I got massive blisters. Now I’ve ridden it I’d really like to have another go at it because I enjoyed it and I could prepare for it better. The track is pretty nice at first and really only beats you up in the last two hours, it goes pretty fast.”

Matt Fish (6th in class, 9th OR) - “I prologued pretty badly with 17th which made it a little hard today, but no excuses, I just didn’t have the speed to keep with the boys up front who were running a really good pace. My bike was handling really good in the rough stuff and I was able to finish pretty strong, coming back from 13th to 11th by the start of the last lap, and then I pushed into the top ten to take ninth by the finish. I’m happy to finish with some positives to take away.”

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1. Josh Green 4:22:36.072
2. Jarrod Bewley 4:24:55.749
3. Peter Boyle 4:28:59.435
4. Tom Mccormack 8 4:30:29.663
5. Ben Grabham 8 4:31:40.574
7. Chris Hollis 8 4:33:38.777
9. Matthew Fish 8 4:54:48.804
17. Ben Burrell 4:22:41.633 (7 Laps)

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