Consisting of seven 38km laps around a mostly high speed circuit, the Hattah Desert Race has a reputation of being one of the toughest off-road races in Australia. Lyndon Snodgrass started the race in 16th place after his prologue result the day before.
Lyndon Snodgrass - photo credit: Mad Dog Images
“I didn't want to be too far back in the dust for the race so I was really hoping I could prologue well and I had a great run coming 16th. It was an unreal feeling to be sitting well up on the front row of the start line waiting to be let go” Lyndon commented.
Lyndon battled against larger 450cc motorcycles to take out the U250cc 4S class and place 17th outright on his KX250F, prepared by Hands-On Kawasaki. An extraordinary achievement for the 17 year old Victorian.
“The first lap was very dusty, but I managed to pick off a couple of guys on 450's in front of me. With each lap the track got rougher and rougher, and by the 4th lap it was near impossible to find a smooth line. I was consistently around 14th outright until a small crash. I dropped a couple of places in the outright, but I still had a comfy lead in my class. The last few laps were really tough and my KX250F excelled in the tough conditions,” Lyndon commented.
Younger Kawasaki supported riders, Josh and Mitch Brierley, also had a successful weekend on their Kawasaki’s prepared by Bikebiz. After arriving in Mildura a week before the race to train and prepare their bikes, Josh took out 4th position in the 250cc 13-16 (years) class. Josh set the fastest lap time of any Junior Big Wheel riders on his Kawasaki KX250F.
“In the main race everyone is lined up at the start of the 18km track in the order from the prologue times, and a quad bike drives past you and as soon as you can get past it you can go. The first couple of laps are a mad dash through the dust. By the first few laps I worked my way up to 5th outright. On the fourth lap I came in for my pit stop having a drink and filling up with fuel, then continuing on to finish in 4th for my class, “Josh said.
Twin brother Mitch Brierley secured 7th place in the 85cc-125cc BW 12-16 (years) class on his Kawasaki KX85II after a fall on sand whoops in the first lap.
Father, Mal Brierley, said “Mitch is all ok. A tiny bit bruised and sore but nothing major. He had a great ride considering and Josh’s performance was awesome, only one spot off the podium with another 2 years to go in his class.”
Lyndon, Mitch and Josh are all members of the Kawasaki KX Junior Squad. To find out more about these Kawasaki supported riders, visit their rider profiles.