2022 Penrite Hattah Desert Race
Daniel Sanders took home the win for GasGas at the 2022 Hattah Desert Race, in his return win to the domestic competition in Australia.
Often described as ‘four hours of hell’, the Hattah is also considered by many to be the most challenging off-road race in Australia. It takes place in north-west Victoria, just south of Mildura, and can attract up to 700 competitors across categories.
Sanders started the weekend with second place in the opening, behind Lachlan Terry, before winning Saturday’s Top 10 shootout, ahead of Todd Waters and Jack Simpson.
Callum Norton, Andrew Wilksch, Cooper Sheidow, Lachlan Terry, Samuel Pretscherer, Riley Graham and Liam Mason completed that top 10 list and that’s in the order they finished.
Starting from P1 for Sunday’s eight-round senior race, Sanders put in a spectacular display to claim his second crown at the prestigious event, finishing 2m31,980s against his close opponent. best.
Daniel Sanders – P1
“It was a crazy rush to get started at Hattah this year, but I have a lot of people behind me, helping me out with a lot of support from GASGAS Australia, Red Bull and some other good companies! I grabbed my old mechanic Lewie [Landrigan] from MotoLab who came and helped me, so we have a good core team around me. We went into the Prologue on a pretty fast bike and just had a good run, got through a couple of comebacks, finished second, then won the Top 10 on penalties in half a second. It was good to take off on Sunday and have some fresh air, I was able to do the first lap and save a lot of energy, and also the second lap, then you guys picked up the pace, riding very well in the third round. , the fourth round, and something like that halfway through. I kept flying along, training the diesel and eventually got the win and was able to extend the distance to two and a half minutes, which was good! “
Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Todd Waters landed in the second step of the podium, after finishing fifth in the Prologue and coming close to winning the Top 10 in the shootout.
The Queensland driver went on to take P2 after four grueling hours, completing eight laps with a total time of 4h10m15.368 seconds on his FE 501 – also winning the Four stroke over 450cc category.
Todd Waters – P2
“I am so excited to make my debut at Hattah and to finish on the podium is a real bonus for myself and the entire team involved. The FE 501 was great to ride, my first time racing that bike and my first time running in the desert, so we were excited to win our class too! It was certainly not an easy race, but the result was a good one for us and I look forward to returning here again in the future after what we learned this weekend. “
Joining Waters on the podium is Husqvarna-mounted Jack Simpson, who put in superb form throughout both days and added to his Finke Desert Race podium achieved last month.
Simford Racing’s Andy Wilksch excellently won 3 Husqvarna drivers in the top 4 outright.
Prologue winner Lachlan Terry closed the top 5, ahead of Josh Green and Sam Pretscherer, with Beau Ralston, Nathan Trigg and Riley Graham completing the top 10 overall. Pretscherer also won the U19 class.
In Saturday’s Small Wheel Race, Riley Delaney won, against Malakai Middleton and Curtis Morrison. Byron Dennis won the Big Wheel Race, ahead of Levi Stephens and Thomas O’Dwyer.
Matt Sherman won the 251 cc & Over 2 stroke, Sanders naturally took the 4th place 251-450cc. Kelly Catanese topped the Women’s four lap race, with Emma Milesevic winning the Women’s eight lap race, ahead of Madi Healey and Emmelie Karlsson.
“The opening was super fast and pretty fun, but I made a few mistakes and I caught another racer in my lap. I finished sixth in that competition, although I’m not too stressed about it. In today’s race, I just decided that I would try to get in on the first lap, get away from all the mess that was going on, then I tried to go up a bit. I just kept rolling, but really hurt my back because I was still recovering from the fever earlier in the year – the joints were a bit sore. However, I kept working and finished in third place, so I’m happy with that! “
Michael Widdison won the Masters 45+, Jacob Eustace took the 250cc 2-stroke and Kyron Bacon took the top 250cc 4-stroke. Alan Graham won in the Veterans category 35-44.
2022 Hattah Desert Race Final Results
|first||Daniel SANDERS||4: 07: 43,388|
|2||Todd WATERS||4:10: 15.368|
|3||Jack SIMPSON||4:13: 35.332|
|4||Andrew WILKS ONLY||4:19: 42,073|
|5||Lachlan TERRY||4:20: 17,011|
|6||Joshua GREEN||4:20: 47.587|
|7||Samuel PRETSCHERER||4:21: 49,038|
|8||Beau RALSTON||4:22: 34.062|
|9||Nathan TRIGG||4:25: 28.018|
|ten||Riley GRAHAM||4:26: 03.707|
|11||Korey MCMAHON||4:26: 57.144|
|twelfth||Brodie WATERS||4: 28: 01,393|
|13||Jackson MCGRATH||4:28: 53,652|
|14||Blake HOLLIS||4:29: 17.027|
|15||Ryan SHADBOLT||4:30: 31.170|
|16||Corey HAMMOND||4:30: 36.020|
|17||Harrison Wood||4:30: 52.723|
|18||Kyron BACON||4:31: 57.163|
|19||SEMMENS . Hunter||4:32: 49.323|
|20||Shane MASON||4:34: 19,046|
|21||Riley MCGILLIVRAY||4:34: 20.050|
|22||Thomas ANDERSON||4: 35: 13.486|
|23||Steven Bowen||4: 35: 52.295|
|24||Jye DICKSON||4:36: 22,412|
|25||Taylor ADAMS||4: 36: 26.396|
|26||Connor ADAMS||4: 40: 01.415|
|27||Charlie ANDERSON||4: 42: 35.170|
|28||Josh GLESON||4: 42: 43.378|
|29||Jake SHADBOLT||4:43: 20.756|
|30||Billy HARGY||4:44: 14.621|
|thirty first||Sam HANDLEY||4:44: 41,696|
|32||Simon COX||4:44: 59,975|
|33||Sam STOCKMAN||4:45: 17,320|
|34||Alistair LEWIS||4: 45: 20.332|
|35||Campbell HALL||4:46: 33.365|
|36||Jake DE ZWART||4: 07: 59.339|
|37||SWEET Jacob||4:08: 26,100|
|38||Kodi Lee STEPHENS||4:08: 35,443|
|39||Jack BITHELL||4:08: 37.853|
|40||Daniel GRATTAN||4:08: 53,820|
|41||Emma MILESEVIC||4:10: 11,983|
|42||Patrick MCGILLIVRAY||4:10: 57.290|
|43||Luke CHELLAS||4:11: 39.437|
|44||Heart LONSDALE||4: 11: 56.848|
|45||Jack COLBERT||4: 12:00.491|
|forty six||Daniel MIDDLETON||4: 12: 21,342|
|47||Josh Anderson||4:14: 33.602|
|48||Dean ROSS||4:14: 48,714|
|49||Jacob SHIELDS||4:15: 03.425|
|50||Rory HILL||4:16: 34.542|
Hattah Desert Race Opening 2022 (Top 20)
|first||Lachlan TERRY||5: 00.151|
|ten||Andrew WILKS ONLY||10.413|
2022 Top 10 race in Hattah desert
|first||Daniel SANDERS||5: 02.889|
|5||Andrew WILKS ONLY||+10,391|