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  • 2010 Finke Race

    Well, we're back and in one piece. Here's a quick report for ya's to start things off. Pics will come later.

    #39 (Liam) and i got away with his old man and mate (Havachat) behind in the support vehicle nice and early Monday morning and by the end of the day found ourselves in Marla where a good feed, some beers and a chat or two with a few mates i hadn't seen in a while finished the day off nicely. Up in the morning when the alarm clock (the two old fellas) decided that everyone should be up. This was a theme that was to stay for the whole trip but was usefull on one or two days.

    Arrived in Alice on the Tuesday and went straight to sign in and have a perv at the bikes in both shops. A brand new, sweet looking KX450 and 505SX-F all blinged up for Finke had my attention.2 A few beers and penuts that night at the pub and it was here i realised i may not have done enough training, ie actually done some. Had a yarn with a bloke who had been up there for a couple of weeks now and had been riding the whole track, in both directions in a day for most of that time... Freak!

    We did a bit of a training run on Wed and I was happy to take it slow and let Liam go ahead. It was my first taste of the Finke whoops and Liam informed me that they didn't get much bigger than what we had ridded, they just didn't stop... Great! Was a good opportunity to stuff around with the suspension on both bikes and get Liams working a bit better. Turns out he didn't like it enough and bought the bling special 505 instead to prove his point. Caught up with a few of Liam's mates that night at the pub again and had a good time and a few too many beers...

    Thursday was spent giving Liam (aka Mr Bling King) a hand to change his parts over from the 530 to the 505 bling special. Nice orange chain and chain sliders. Got fed up with doing that so got a hold of Wayne and we went for a ride.^roost We rode the first 20k section twice and had not gotten more than 100m into the whoops on our first run when we came across a bloke standing in the middle of the track waving us down. Turns out some bloke on a Husaberg had a big off and the ambos were on their way. They didn't need a hand so we got going again and had a bit of fun blasting down the track. I realised that i suck balls when it comes to riding hard pack (particularly the flat corners) and need more practice before next time... Oh yes, there will be a next time.
    Ariel MCC

    2009 YZ250


    Thou shalt not straight line.

  • #2
    Part 2 - Alice - Finke.

    Friday was spent relaxing after a few beers the previous night. Off to the farce that was scruiteneering in the evening where i saw two of the best presented CR500's ever along with some other top machines, both buggies and bikes. Caught up with Hayden (KTM400) and a few of his mates as well which was great and had a few too many beers again.

    Saturday was day 1 of the action and it was awesome watching and hearing the buggies go round the track with the chopper only 10 or so metres above them.

    At last it was time for me to prologue (ie very end of the day), i had an average run but got around no probs. I got to ride with just 1 other bloke instead of the usual 3 as we were the last 2 blokes left to go. The joys of being in class 1. Got a good start and was neck and neck with the other bloke, he got in front of me for a bit but I soon got the shits up as he was slow in the whoops but fast on the straights. Passed him on the outside of a whooped out corner and made a bit of time on him before he caught up again at the end of the track where it was flat, hard pack corners. I finished 0.5 sec in front of him. I'll be quicker next time now that i know the corners better, the sighting lap was a pointless exercise due to the amount of dust. I had finished in 390th position and was happy to just be in the top 400.

    Sunday came around too quickly and i was nervous as (big thanks to Hayden who had been helping to keep me clam over the past few days with a quick word here and there. Onya mate!:grinning-). Bike was ready and lined up near the back of the pack. Had a good yarn with the people around me including the bloke i prologued with the previous day and an outfit that was on our line (chick swinging for the bloke). Just on that, they got to Finke just outside of the 4hrs and decided that they weren't going to race back so the bloke proposed to her that night. All went well i hear so congrats guys.
    Had a chat with Wheely Joe who had blown his 530 up a few days prior and had managed to borrow a YZ250 with a half rooted back tyre to ride the race on.

    At last it was our time to start and i got a dead set shocker! I hadn't cleared the spark plug enough after letting the bike idle for the last couple of mins and it just chugged after about half revs in the first 2 gears before clearing itself out. This made me a bit grumpy as it meant i had to pass the outfit and everyone else from our starting group. This didn't take long and i started passing people before we were out of the prologue area. I kept this up all the way to the first fuel point and was very happy with the number of people i had passed and thankfull that my prologue time was not an indication of how i was going to ride the rest of the race. Had a whole bunch of people go passed me at the first fuel point which pissed me off, knowing that i'd hafta go past them again. I forgot that they'd also hafta stop for fuel at some point untill i got to 3rd fuel stop...

    This next section started out alright and then turned into a dust storm in the new bull dust section which replaced the old high speed road section. I was doing ok in this part but riders in front slowed my progress due to the dust and consequently made it harder to steer - not that there was much of that going on in the first place. It was just a case of hang on and let the hidden ruts take you where they want. It was here and behind a slow bloke (which pissed me off again) that i had my 1 and only off for the race. I was waiting for an opportunity to pass this slow bloke but couldn't see a clear line due to the dust when a YZ250 went screaming passed, slowed for the rider in front of me and then fell of leaving me no where to go. In hind sight i should have just run him over as it would have given me a rest from the bull dust. As it was i had a little 30kph lay down in the bull dust but got up straight away loosing 1 position and passing the YZ again (which i had passed earlier in one of the whoop sections in the first leg). I got back into a bit of a rythm and passed a few more blokes but did ride the side of the track where a few people had been cutting in their own line around the dust holes. This was pretty loose by then too so i don't know if it was any real advantage...

    Was glad to see the 2nd fuel stop as there were a few whoops leading up to it and i was thirsty from the bull dust section. I was pissed off when i found out that somewhere along the track i had lost my bite valve from the camelbak and had lost all my fluids... I downed a bottle of poweraide i had in the pack but i had to take the helmet off to do this loosing 3-4 mins that i didn't need to coz of it. Off again and the whoops just didn't stop. I passed a heap of people again and was happy with the progress i was making though i was starting to feel beaten up from the endless whoops.

    At the 3rd fuel stop i was hanging for a rest and almost missed it as it wasn't signed very well at all (same for the trip back). It was a good break for my body and then we were back into it. More whoops, my kidneys were sore, legs were sore, hands were sore but i was still passing people, though not as many. It flattened out a bit towards Finke and there were some faster sections where you could open the bike right up. Must remember to go a couple of teeth bigger on the rear sprocket next time as it wouldn't pull 6th very easily in the sand sections here and i was passed by a couple of blokes who musta been doing 160-170kph. More bumps and a few whoops and it was across the Finke river and over the finish line. I skulled a bottle of water which was given to me without even saying thanks untill it was gone.

    Off to find the others at camp near the river and that's when i found out that Liam had had a bit of an off and had scratched the new bling machine and hurt his neck a bit. Thankfully there was no real damage but he did hit the sack early. Cleaned the air filter and had a few or more beers and a good chin wag around dinner and a fire and then went to be around 9:30.
    Ariel MCC

    2009 YZ250


    Thou shalt not straight line.

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    • #3
      Good work and well done for not smashing yourself up.
      It's always nice driving home from a scary,adrenaline charged ride thinking I wouldn't mind having another go at it now that I know what its all about.
      NO WUCKIN FURRIES.

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      • #4
        Part 3 Finke - Alice.

        I woke at 4:30am to the sound of an 800bhp buggy being warmed up and thought about shooting the idiot for warming his vehicle up 3 hours before start of the return leg but realised i didn't have a gun with me and that i'd also hafta get up to do it. Went back to sleep with minimal levels of success. Up and at 'em when it got too noisy to ignore and had a good feed and took some pics of the buggies going past our camp site at full noise on thier way back to Alice. Those things are just plaiin f*#king awesome!

        Lots of waiting was the order of the day (and indeed the race) but we were off again and this time i was 3rd out of the blocks and stayed there. I did have one moment where i hit a rock in the sand which caused me to bite a hole in my seat cover and think about taking it a bit easier. I didn't listen to myself despite having a bit of arm pump and not being able to hold on very tight. This soon went away as i relaxed a bit more and got back into the rythm (what little there was) in the whoops. Was still passing people but got passed by about 6-7 bikes/quads on the way back which annoyed me, especially seeing as i was too stuffed to do much about it.

        Had a good run on the way back but my hands were hurting, as was my arse, which had a raw spot on each cheek where the corners of the seat had rubbed. It was a combination of standing, sitting and just hanging on for me in some parts. I smashed the bull dust section on the way back passing about 15 bikes/quads and averaging about 70kph through it. Saw the 80k marker and got my seccond wind and wound it on. Got passed by Jase on his black DRZ here and stuck to him for a bit but ran out of puff by the last fuel stop. From here on in i was pretty much just going through the motions and riding pretty slowly. I still passed a few people and when i got to the last 20km i knew i was gunna make it. I started to wind the throttle on a bit but that didn't last long at all when i realised that i just didn't have the strength to hang on any more. I took it easy for the rest of the track passing one last bike and getting on the gas a bit for the last few corners.

        It was a great feeling crossing the finish line, one which i hope to do again there soon. There's nothing quite like it and i did a heaps wikkid snakey skid after it. I came in in 270th position having made up 120 places for the race. Got the bikes loaded and cracked a beer, went to check out the results on the board but the volunteers must have gotten the shits up and buggered off coz there were stuff all up there. Oh well, off home for a shower and a beer before presentation night.

        Liam went to hospital to get checked out (all good) and i thought of him while drinking the first couple of beers for the night. Met up with Ferral, Spookman and a few of Liam's mate and got on the piss pretty hard. Home at 3:30am and up at 8:30 for the drive home.

        All in all it was a great experience and i'd definately be keen to do it again, this time actually doing some training. It's not a hard race to finish but it is a hard race to finish well. I had about 1/2 and hour each way to spare but that bull dust section would have added quite a bit of time to everyone's race time. I reckon 90% of people in our club would be able to do this race and finish it in time. Now i hafta decide if it's Finke, Hattah or both next year...

        Like i said, pics to follow.

        Cheers,

        MM.
        Ariel MCC

        2009 YZ250


        Thou shalt not straight line.

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        • #5
          Welldone Mad Mike on finishing. Great ride report too!
          #39 got a new bike because he wasnt happy with the 530 hangers. Wow!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by megsy View Post
            Welldone Mad Mike on finishing. Great ride report too!
            #39 got a new bike because he wasnt happy with the 530 hangers. Wow!
            he had gearbox problems just after arriving at Alice and rather take the chance of it blowing up he purchased a new bike...(it was sort of in the pipeline just got a bit of a hurry up)
            TM 300 2008

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            • #7
              Thought i would take this picture before he damaged it but from the report all went well. congrats on finishing
              Attached Files
              www.getonitsports.com
              www.bikemart.net.au

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              • #8
                Good effort on finishing mate. Finke is a tough race!

                Nice report too.

                BARBS
                www.RaceFace.mx

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BARBS View Post
                  Good effort on finishing mate. Finke is a tough race!

                  Nice report too.

                  BARBS
                  Sterling effort on the podium placing Barbs, the fella in second only just had it over ya. Got a pic of the trophy?
                  Hards
                  Trail Riding and Adventure Club

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                  • #10
                    Congratulations Mike, and Liam, great effort to not only participate but finish as well. I'm buggered if I could ride with all that stress and then remember it for a RR. Good read.....
                    TJ
                    ......................
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                    82 PE 175Z
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                    • #11
                      I don't have the patience to load up 392 photo's but here are 79 which give a bit of a perspective of a fuel stop.

                      it's not the most action packed veiw (ie not whoops or sand hill) but we were pretty busy and it is still awesome to see them all go by at full noise

                      http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...1&l=32af737b29

                      i think this link is public?
                      05 WR450
                      :grinning- ..,Leo Vince X3, gold valves, high comp slug, motard kit, MSC damper, de-restricted, B&B Rad Guards, IMS Tank, Trailtech VAPOUR, Pivot Assist Bling, scratches - otherwise stock so far......worn out....
                      Founding member - Snapperhead Racing.
                      Ariel MCC
                      SAORC #519 (retired Vet's!)

                      "Hakuna Matata II (Matrix MVS), XL1200 LTD, WB760, SX 550 "Esky PROJECT?", LT50, PW80 (x2), YZ85, KX65....


                      "haven't had a new bike since the kids were born....."

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by hards View Post
                        Sterling effort on the podium placing Barbs, the fella in second only just had it over ya. Got a pic of the trophy?
                        here here - i caught your number as you rode past on day 2 at 250cc WOT - good effort.
                        05 WR450
                        :grinning- ..,Leo Vince X3, gold valves, high comp slug, motard kit, MSC damper, de-restricted, B&B Rad Guards, IMS Tank, Trailtech VAPOUR, Pivot Assist Bling, scratches - otherwise stock so far......worn out....
                        Founding member - Snapperhead Racing.
                        Ariel MCC
                        SAORC #519 (retired Vet's!)

                        "Hakuna Matata II (Matrix MVS), XL1200 LTD, WB760, SX 550 "Esky PROJECT?", LT50, PW80 (x2), YZ85, KX65....


                        "haven't had a new bike since the kids were born....."

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                        • #13
                          Hi Feral,

                          Cheers mate i felt for the bike on the way home. WOT for a long time!

                          Hards, i dont have an actual pic of the prize but i do have a pic of my greeting party.



                          www.RaceFace.mx

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                          • #14
                            link fixed
                            05 WR450
                            :grinning- ..,Leo Vince X3, gold valves, high comp slug, motard kit, MSC damper, de-restricted, B&B Rad Guards, IMS Tank, Trailtech VAPOUR, Pivot Assist Bling, scratches - otherwise stock so far......worn out....
                            Founding member - Snapperhead Racing.
                            Ariel MCC
                            SAORC #519 (retired Vet's!)

                            "Hakuna Matata II (Matrix MVS), XL1200 LTD, WB760, SX 550 "Esky PROJECT?", LT50, PW80 (x2), YZ85, KX65....


                            "haven't had a new bike since the kids were born....."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hards View Post
                              Sterling effort on the podium placing Barbs, the fella in second only just had it over ya. Got a pic of the trophy?
                              Yeah good result Barbs. 30th outright is a solid effort

                              Howd you end up with your suspension?
                              Sent from my computer using a keyboard

                              60% of the time it works everytime


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