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Grabham wins Finke bike section

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Monday 13th June, 2011 - 4:56pm

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Ben Grabham. Photo: Moving Pictures

Not even a fractured hand could stop Ben Grabham #X98 KTM from winning his fourth Tattersall’s Finke Desert Race title in the moto division.

Grabham crashed hard on leg 1 of the event but continued and hid his injury from race organisers, medical staff, and competitors

The Bathurst rider’s winning time over the event was 3 hours 58 minutes 59 seconds, nearly five minutes faster than last year’s winning time set by Toby Price; who succumbed to mechanical problems on Day 1 this year.

He finished today’s event saying it was the toughest race win in his competition career.

In second place today was a Finke debutant Jarrod Bewley #X78 KTM (3:59.37) followed by local Alice Springs rider Ryan Branford #3 Husaberg (4:06.59).

“I was worried about my bike and blocked the pain out on the way to Finke,” said Grabham.

“But I woke up halfway through the night and my wrist had locked up and my fingers wouldn’t move. Luckily it all freed up about half an hour before today’s start.

“It’s one of the hardest races I have ever won, but KTM had put in too much effort for me to give up.

“Not finishing last year was disappointing, but if I can I will keep coming back for another ten years”.

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