[News]

ToddSmith

Todd Smith claims his second Condo 750

2 years ago
Words: Peter Whitaker

Most of the usual suspects were on the entry list for the traditional dirtshifters Easter parade held at Condobolin in central NSW but a recent operation denied Rod Faggotter the opportunity to take the event’s first hat-trick and an even more recent ‘get-off’ spoiled Tom Jacobson’s chance to repeat last year’s podium. But ‘Desert King’ Ben Grabham was back after a four-year absence. Ben was bracketed by older brother Damien and younger brother Broc – on his first cross-country rally.

It was GHR’s Jake Smith who won the prologue which put him first out of the box on Saturday’s leg. Eight hours and 400km later, it was his brother (reigning Safari champion, Todd) in first place; more than two minutes ahead of Ben Grabham’s KTM 500EXC and Yamaha’s Dave Geeves a further 90 seconds in arrears. Back in fourth, Jake’s well sorted Honda CRF450X was holding out Shane Diener’s three-day-old Yamaha WR450F.

Todd Smith emerged the victor after a hard-fought battle.

Shane Diener finished in second place behind Todd.

Five riders, three podiums. Something had to give, and it did. With clear air, Todd managed to keep Ben in his dust, despite a little bar-banging on the faster open stretches. But when Todd stopped for a ‘splash and dash’, Ben, carrying more fuel, flashed past. Shortly after, at better than 170km/h Ben clobbered a small kangaroo standing no higher than the metre-tall grass.

Todd was first on the scene, closely followed by brother Jake and Shane Diener, both of whom had cleared Dave Geeves. The lads eventually resumed the battle, but the magic had dissipated. Once compassionate time had been calculated, Todd maintained a clear lead with Shane narrowly beating Jake for second and leaving Dave Geeves (now with a total of four fourth places) wondering what it takes to get a foot on the podium.

Todd’s brother, Jake, rounded out the podium

Damien Grabham, running sixth at the time of Ben’s accident, stayed with his brother and was a subsequent DNF. We’ve confirmed that Ben broke his wrist, shoulder and three vertebra, but has done no permanent damage.

PROVISIONAL TOP TEN

1. Todd Smith
2. Shane Diener
3. Jake Smith
4. David Geeves
5. Brad Jones
6. Todd Ridley
7. Luke Buckland
8. Jim Thomas
9. Paul Riley
10. Don Lark

Be the first to comment...

You might also like...

Features

2 days ago
WARD_01

Who The Heck Is Caleb Ward?

Hailing from Ravenshoe in far north Queensland, Caleb Ward is a name not many knew prior to 2014.

Galleries

2 days ago
utah_gopro

GoPro: Utah Motocross

Jump on board for a few laps with Weston Peick, Jessy Nelson and Joey Savatgy at Utah.

Features

2 days ago
mxgp_insider_2014

MXGP Insider No.28: American GP?

If Villopoto lines up at Qatar in 2015, we can be sure that an American GP will take place at some point.

Features

3 days ago
tt_203

Throwdown No.203 – 28/08/14

What’s happening in the world of dirt bikes this week?

Galleries

3 days ago
mxon_latvia

2014 MXoN: Latvia Track Preview

Check out the track that the world’s best MXers will descend upon for the 2014 Motocross of Nations.

Features

3 days ago
USA_INSIDER_IPONE_REVISION_1

USA Insider No.151: Teammates

We waited all season for Roczen and Dungey to go at each other off the track, but it never happened.

Galleries

4 days ago
ride_active8

RIDE: Active8 Yamaha’s Section

Check out Active8 Yamaha’s epic section from RIDE: The Film, produced by the crew at Fourohfour.

Features

4 days ago
fmx_insider

FMX Insider No.22: Sheehan The Champ

It was all thrills and spills in Pretoria, South Africa over the weekend at the Red Bull X-Fighters.