“It is with great pleasure that everyone in our team made it to Finke and back to Alice Springs safely which really puts in to perspective how brutal this race really is,” commented Matt Jones.
Matt displayed a solid effort in this year’s Finke Desert Race with 92ndand 111thpositions in days one and two respectively, giving him an overall result of 94thoutright aboard his Kawasaki KX450F.
“What an amazing event, we had a great week of riding leading up to the race, but there is no describing how difficult Finke is until you are battling in the race. I felt great leading into the race but how taxing this race is during both race days certainly puts you back in your place. I am certainly happy with my race, but there are so many thoughts that go through your head after the race about how I could have done so much better, and that’s why you keep going back, you certainly catch the bug. The Kawasaki motorcycles were flawless all week and that’s made our job a lot easier,” said Matt.
Brad Swan was on fire, displaying great speed and consistency on his KX250F to finish 114th on day one and 92nd on day two, giving him 101st outright position overall.
“I had a great start to the race and felt I had a good pace and settled into the race well. I came into around the 78km mark and in some whoops I had a big off. Luckily for me it was right where a lot of crews fuelling stations. Before I knew it the team at Ted Freckle Racing (SA) had my bike on a stand, pinched some handle bars from a spare bike they had, fitted them to my bike even fuelled my bike and sent me on my way, without their help I would not have been able to finish. I injured my hand but we were able to make it to Finke and then back again the next day. Bring on next year!” commented Brad.
Cole Glasgow enlisted Matt Jones Motorcycles to prepare and deliver his KX450F for the race. The New Zealander showed relentless effort in his first attempt at the race to place 172nd and 205th in days one and two respectively, granting him 188th outright position overall.
“Wow what an amazing event. I really have to thank Matt Jones and his team for arranging such an amazing experience. I did not have to worry about a thing except for riding the bike. The set up and maintenance was second to none with an outstanding attention to detail. All the guys went above and beyond for everything they did. The KX450F was awesome as soon as I sat on it and it was a pleasure to ride. I couldn’t believe how much everyone helps everyone at this event, from Brad’s bars being changed by another team without asking to Matt repairing a stranger’s bike before he even had his own bike ready, the even brings out the best in people in wanting to help each other, something that is forgotten about in a lot of other disciplines. This has been a week I will never forget, I would highly recommend purchasing a package like this from Matt Jones Motorcycles,” commented Cole.
The final rider supported by Matt Jones Motorcycles, Travis Swan was also riding a KX450F and he gracefully crossed the line in 238th outright overall following 245th and 204th places in days one and two respectively.
“Another amazing event, I had a goal to aim for and I made it, so I am more than happy with that and it was great to have my family up there to see what Finke is all about,” commented Travis.
Both Brad Swan and Matt Jones will now begin to prepare for the Hattah Desert race which is being held on the 2nd and 3rd of July in Mildura, Victoria.
Click HERE to view the official 2016 Finke Desert Race results and timings.