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Honda Takes Four of Top Ten Spots At Gruelling Gascoyne Dash

3 December 2008 - The ninth Gascoyne Dash took place in Canarvon WA recently, testing 128 motorcycle and 51 car competitors to their limits whilst nearly 6000 spectators watched across the four days of competition.

The Gascoyne Dash, often compared to the Finke Desert race in Alice Springs, is a challenging two day desert race across some of the harshest and most remote country in Australia.

Honda was well represented across the five motorcycle classes, with Honda supported rider Paul Brown finishing second in the premier ‘King of the River’ competition.

The ‘King of the River’ title is awarded to the rider with the fastest overall time regardless of class, although most competitors are “happy just to finish the tough race” according to local Honda dealer Sandy McGinn.

Brown finished just 2.06 minutes behind reigning King Vernon Strange to come second overall on his CRF450R, and was among four Honda riders to finish in the top ten.

McGinn was heavily involved in the event as part of the organising committee, and in addition to looking after Brown, assisted Trailbike magazine editor Stephen ‘Tuffy’ Tuff with engine work on his Honda CRF450R.

“This has been the best event so far. Rider numbers keep growing, I’m expecting 150 bikes next year,” said McGinn.

Sandy also sponsors Honda rider Steve Mitchell, who came second in 2006 and 2007, but unfortunately didn’t finish this year due to injury.

The Gascoyne Dash is one of the premier off road racing events in Western Australia. The unique layout features over 500km of both circuit and point to point racing, with competitors hitting 130kmph down a dried-out river bed and 190kmph along high speed desert tracks.

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