News 1 Aug 2009

Off-Road: Yamaha and Faggotter look for Safari win in 2009


Moto category entrants are putting the finishing touches on their motorcycles on the eve of the 2009 Australasian Safari, which leaves from Russell Square in Northbridge, Western Australia, tomorrow morning.

Eager to improve on a second place finish in 2008, Yamaha pilot Rod Faggotter is confident of his chances despite the challenge of the toughest Safari course yet.

The Longreach-based rider will campaign a showroom-spec WR450F in his quest finish the 3600km journey in first place.

The diverse terrain of outback Western Australia will put rider skills and mechanical reliability to the ultimate test.

Yamaha Motor Australia, Manager, Motorsports Division, Ray Howard said that Faggotter’s performance in last year’s event showed he was equipped with the physical and mental strength to get the job done.

“Rod did a fantastic job on the WR450F last year and was able to achieve a commendable second place finish against other manufacturer teams and riders,” said Howard.

“We wish him well on the journey from Perth to Kalgoorlie and will follow his progress with great interest.”

The Safari stops overnight in Geraldton, Mt Magnet, Leonora and Laverton before it reaches Kalgoorlie in the state’s north next Saturday.

Regular Yamaha rider event updates will be distributed across the course of the Safari.