Thursday, September 23


Posted By: Ollie S

The gruelling 2010 Australian Safari is well under way in Western Australia. First day leaders AJ Roberts and Todd Smith both suffered some serious injuries from a head-on collision, in what can only be described as serious navigation error on Smiths part.

Both suffering major injuries, Smith has been battling on whilst Roberts withdrew from the race requiring an immediate right wrist reconstruction. The setback from two of the major players early in the race has allowed Ben Grabham (KTM 530EXC) to take a distinctive lead in the Moto class division going into Leg 5. Todd Smith (KTM 530EXC), still carrying serious injuries, is showing immense grit for 2nd overall at the start of Leg 5. Whilst third place overall in the Moto class is Rod Faggotter aboard his Yamaha WR450F.

Last years outright winner Jacob Smith (Honda CRF450F), is having trouble shaking the monkey from his back with a string of mechanical issues hindering his overall performance. Meanwhile in the Auto class Craig Lowndes, with co-driver Kees Weel, will be the first to start Leg 5 in their seriously modified 2003 Holden Colorado.

At the conclusion each race leg there is a video report from the days action courtesy of Safari TV. Episode 5 is up for consumption right.

Previous epsiodes can be veiwed over at the Australian Safaris YouTube channel. For access to up-to-the-minute results head over to