News 7 Apr 2010

Off-Road: Faggotter victorious at Condo 750 for Yamaha

Faggotter won the Condo 750 on a Yamaha WR450 last weekend.

Faggotter won the Condo 750 on a Yamaha WR450 last weekend.

Rod Faggotter has piloted his Yamaha WR450F to a 33 second win at the Condo 750 endurance event held in Condobolin, Northwestern New South Wales, over the Easter Weekend.

Faggotter was well placed after day one in second place but came home strongly on day two to take the lead and win in the prestigious off road event. The win came with a last minute scare when he crashed just 10kilometres from the finish line but Faggotter was able to remount quickly and sprint for home and keep his well earned lead intact and win over Todd and Jacob Smith in second and third respectively.

“It was pretty much smooth sailing, apart from that last minute crash, all the way through. Conditions were tricky on Saturday so I rode conservatively to ensure I was well placed for the run home,” Faggotter explained. “It was a quick air filter and oil change on Saturday Night, top up the fuel and my WR450 was flawless from start to finish.”

“That crash near the end got my heart racing, but I had a big enough lead to gather myself and get over the line to take the win.”

The grueling two day event saw over 80 riders navigate their way through trying conditions and a total of 800kilometres in the rugged country side. Recent rain in the region meant there was plenty of difficult terrain to pass with wash outs and standing water a real issue on day one.

Competitors then faced dusty conditions on day two so it was a real test of machine and the Yamaha WR450F came through with flying colours.

“I raced the bike I used in the Australian Safari last year. I just dusted it off, took off the rear fuel tanks and it was good to go. It never missed a beat all weekend and it already had plenty of use before we came here,” Faggotter continued.

The long running Condo 750 is a prestigious event in the adventure bike community and is seen as good lead in for the major off road events like The Finke Desert race and Australian Safari to be held later in the year. Faggotter will compete in these high profile events over the coming year as well as selected other off road and adventure races.

1st Rod Faggotter – Yamaha WR450F
2nd Todd Smith – Honda CRF450X
3rd Jacob Smith – Honda CRF450X