The 22.44km Australasian Safari Prologue for 2012 has been run and won this afternoon at Glengarry Homestead near Geraldton, and the start order for Leg 1 Geraldton to Kalbarri determined. Western Australian local Warren Strange topped the timing aboard his Honda CRF450X at 17.39. Warren has completed a number of Safaris in previous years, and while he’s treating this event as a training exercise for Dakar he’s very pleased with the result.

“This is the best bike I have ever ridden, and certainly the best Honda that GHR have put out. Today I felt really comfortable on it. I could get it to oversteer anytime I wanted and it’s super stable. The fuel is carried about 14 inches lower than any other bike here and there’s no weight on the steering head. It might be heavier than the other bikes here but the balance makes all the difference. I don’t want to take too many risks after paying all my fees for Dakar. I’ll be happy with a top 10 in Safari.”

Todd Smith finished in equal fourth position with Rod Faggotter and Jacob Smith followed them into sixth position. This leaves them with a relatively clear road going into Leg 1 and less of a burden for navigation going into the first day of proper competition. Victorian quad rider topped the quad class with a time of 19.32 and will start 10th on the road.

Placings and times for GHR entrants:

MOTO
1st #7 Warren Strange – M3.2 – 17.39
=4th #1 Todd Smith – M3.2 – 18.32
6th #2 Jacob Smith – M3.2 – 19.02
11th #8 Brett Cummings (SA) – M2.2 – 19.51
=14th #23 Guy Henley (SA) – M2.2 – 20.26
23rd #10 Mike Johnson (USA) – M3.2 – 22.20
33rd #22 Glen Grundy (SA) – M2.2 – 24.15

QUAD
1st #92 Paul Smith – Q1.2 – 19.32

AUTO
21st #178 Glenn Hoffmann – BUGGY – 23.01

 

Todd Smith - Prologue

Jacob Smith - Prologue

Warren Strange - Prologue

Brett Cummings - Prologue

Mike Johnson - Prologue

Guy Henley - Prologue

Glen Grundy - Prologue

Glenn Hoffmann - Prologue