Finke bikes favourite takes command
Sunday 13th June, 2021 - 6:48pm
David Walsh has given himself a big chance of going back-to-back in the Tatts Finke Desert race with an especially quick ride to Aputula.
The Alice Springs local made it to the remote overnight stop in a time of 1:45:34.9s, just shy of 10 minutes faster than he had gone when the event was last run two years ago.
Walsh left the start/finish line in the Alice alongside prologue winner Jack Simpson, whom he overtook at the first corner and then disappeared from.
Simpson gave up 4:23.7s to the 2019 King of the Desert on the 226km outbound leg, while Beau Ralston is just 33.3s further back in third position.
Rick Ireland is almost eight minutes off the pace in fourth position, ahead of Callum Norton, Brodie Waters, Nicholas Waters, Kyle Pfitzner, Jacob Smith, and Liam Walsh.
The more than 500 riders are set to begin their return to Alice Springs tomorrow from 11:45 local time/12:15 AEST, with the first bikes expected in at around 14:05 local time/14:35 AEST.
Results: Prologue Top 10
|Pos||Class||Num||Competitor||Bike||Time||Gap to leader||Int|
|1||2||1||WALSH, DAVID||KTM 500 EXC||01:45:34.9|
|2||2||4||SIMPSON, JACK||HUSQVARNA FE 501||01:49:58.6||+ 00:04:23.7||+ 00:04:23.7|
|3||2||3||RALSTON, BEAU||KTM 500 EXC-F||01:50:31.9||+ 00:04:57.0||+ 00:00:33.3|
|4||2||292||IRELAND, RICK||KTM 500 EXC||01:53:31.3||+ 00:07:56.4||+ 00:02:59.4|
|5||2||5||NORTON, CALLUM||HUSQVARNA FE 501||01:53:45.3||+ 00:08:10.4||+ 00:00:14.0|
|6||2||15||WATERS, BRODIE||KTM 500 EXC-F||01:54:15.6||+ 00:08:40.7||+ 00:00:30.3|
|7||2||10||WATERS, NICHOLAS||KTM 500 EXC-F||01:54:38.7||+ 00:09:03.8||+ 00:00:23.1|
|8||2||13||PFITZNER, KYLE||KTM 500 EXC-F||01:54:47.5||+ 00:09:12.6||+ 00:00:08.8|
|9||2||2||SMITH, JACOB||HUSQVARNA FE 501||01:54:49.9||+ 00:09:15.0||+ 00:00:02.4|
|10||5||X99||WALSH, LIAM||KTM 450 SX-F||01:55:53.6||+ 00:10:18.7||+ 00:01:03.7|